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Today's Opinions

  • Saturday delivery cuts no answer for postal service

    By DONALD J. HALL JR.
    To ensure its future, the U.S. Postal Service must do more than seek short-term fixes to its long-term financial problems. Year after year, the U.S. Postal Service continues to raise postal rates to cover its growing expenses without adequately addressing its underlying organizational and operational issues.

    Instead, it is offering to cut service by eliminating Saturday mail delivery.

  • Looseleaf laureate by Terri Likens: Smart Corey Reed is $10 richer these days

    You came. You bought. You said hello.

    I shivered.

    I’d like to thank everyone who came to my first-ever yard sale — especially those of you who made a special effort to say hey to me and my mother.

    I can’t remember all of your names, but I do remember Lynn, Jan, Jean and Lou. I also appreciated the tips and tales from fellow hikers who came by.

    It was a chilly Saturday. The afternoon would have been comfortable enough if the wind would have quit blowing, but that didn’t happen.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: More needs to be known of Perry’s core beliefs

    Gentle reader, did you hear that the sports network ESPN has pulled its long-time introductory song from the Monday Night Football broadcast?

    It seems that the performer, Hank Williams the younger, has interjected himself in the TEA party type “discussion” of politics.

    The report is that he was interviewed on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” broadcast Monday morning, when he characterized President Obama’s golf game with House Speaker Boehner thusly: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu.”

  • 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.