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Today's Opinions

  • School Internet filters often too blunt to help

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    There’s nothing sexy about the First Amendment Center’s website.

    Our goal is to publish a daily report that can be used in any classroom in America. We strive to be nonpartisan, apolitical and as tasteful as possible.

    We know that if parents and educators know that we’re a safe and trusted destination, their children and students are more likely to turn to us for research and term papers on the First Amendment.

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: There’s nothing better than a good backup plan

    If this edition of the newspaper is late, hang onto this thought: It’s good to have backup.

    When I showed up Monday morning, interim general manager Kevin Kile was trying to solve a problem with a broken image setter.

    The image setter prints large film versions of our news pages, which are then, by technology I can’t explain — (ma-JIC!) — made into plates to go on our presses.

  • Largen all wrong in his stance on Jews, Israeli state

    I have before me Gerald Largen’s column from Sept. 22 concerning Israel. Largen made some comments I was hoping he could clarify.

    First off, I am not Jewish, and therefore will not enter into a religious discussion with him.   
    {Abbreviated excerpts used}

    • “Once again our government will unfortunately continue mistaken course pursued by previous administrations.”
    Did not the Jews wander that desert for hundreds of years before there was anything resembling a Palestinian country/state?

  • Largen correct on status of Israel, writer concurs

    Christian brothers and sisters, columnist Gerald Largen is absolutely correct once again.

    Israel is a religion, not a nation.

    Furthermore, they are no longer God’s chosen people. They are currently breaking God’s law for them — the 10 Commandments.

    They kill. They lust.

    They worship idols.

    They kill Moslems. They lust for the land that they believe God promised to them. That land is the idol they worship.

    How can they still be God’s chosen people? No way.

  • Wimberly responds to Tea Party crticism in newspaper

    With his approval numbers plummeting as the disastrous results of his policies become apparent to more and more people, President Obama has put out the word and his minions are dutifully carrying out the plan to demonize the Tea Party. 

    On newscast after newscast, spokesmen blame those evil Tea Partiers for every problem known to mankind, in a desperate attempt to deflect attention and criticism away from the current administration. 

  • Free speech defense should include all sides

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Here’s a quick two-step self-test of how you really feel about free expression.

    Step 1: What did you think about Hank Williams Jr. comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler?
    Should Monday Night Football stop using Williams’ “Are You Ready for Some Football?”

    Step 2: How did you feel about Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks telling a London audience that she was embarrassed that President Bush was from her home state of Texas?

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Organizing yard sale isn’t for faint-hearted

    “I don’t know what’s wrong with me,” my sister lamented by phone.
    It was a loaded question, so I bit my lip and responded only with silence.
    “I’m having a yard sale, and I don’t know what price to put on anything,” she continued.
    With a sigh of relief that her subject had been targeted, I was ready to respond.
    “Debbie, nobody knows what to price things at in yard sales,” I told her. “You just do the best you can, try to be reasonable and be ready to negotiate on offers from reasonable people.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Corporal Boehner enlists for ‘class warfare’

    The other day, we were visiting with our neighbour, Don Matthews, when he told us of the new name going around for Texas Governor Rick Perry — Governor Scary! That seems an apt appellation if ever there was one.

    However, as has been said. ‘There’s a little bit of bad in the best of us, and there’s a little bit of good in the worst of us.’ And in the case of Gov. Perry that was demonstrated in the recent Florida candidates debate.