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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Inaugural prayers now weathervane

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Prayers delivered at presidential inaugurations are rarely quoted and quickly forgotten (at least in the earthly realm).

    But in today’s deeply divided America, who prays the prayers – and who doesn’t – is fast becoming a religio-political weathervane pointing in the direction cultural winds are blowing.

  • More gun control? Now not the time

    Washington is ablaze regarding gun control legislation. The president and vice president have a legislative package they want to push through.

    Dianne Feinstein wants the assault weapons ban renewed. In my opinion, this is not the time for sweeping change.

    There are many who might support better background checks, smaller clips, mental health checks or something.

    However, new legislation will have little popularity with this president leading the charge.

  • More gun control? Now not the time

    Washington is ablaze regarding gun control legislation. The president and vice president have a legislative package they want to push through.

    Dianne Feinstein wants the assault weapons ban renewed. In my opinion, this is not the time for sweeping change.

    There are many who might support better background checks, smaller clips, mental health checks or something.

    However, new legislation will have little popularity with this president leading the charge.

  • GUEST OPINION: 1st Amendment rode with Civil Rights effort

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Assembly and petition are the “quiet freedoms” among the five rights set out in the First Amendment.
    Speech, press and religion are more often – or at least, more obviously – in the headlines. But during Black History Month, in February, the quiet kids on this corner of the constitutional block deserve at least as much attention as their better-known brethren.

  • A blueprint for building a better Congress

    By LEE H. HAMILTON
    A few weeks ago, the survey firm Public Policy Polling made headlines when it released a poll comparing Congress’s standing to a variety of unloved things.
    Respondents did prefer our national legislature to the ebola virus, but otherwise the news was grim: Americans, the survey suggested, have a lower opinion of Congress than of head lice, Genghis Khan, used-car salesmen and root canals.
    I’ll admit it: I chuckled, though I don’t really agree.
    Having experienced both, I put Congress well ahead of root canals.

  • Free speech and the right to be crass

    By KEN PAULSON
    President, First Amendment Center
    One measure of our freedom is how foolish we’re allowed to be in exercising our rights.
    Case in point: Joseph W. Resovsky of Columbia Station, Ohio, decided to provoke some people with a grossly insensitive post on his Facebook page referring to the shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn.: “I’m so happy someone shot up all those little (expletives). Viva la school shootings!!!!”

  • GUEST OPINION: Free speech and the right to be crass

    By KEN PAULSON
    President, First Amendment Center
    One measure of our freedom is how foolish we’re allowed to be in exercising our rights.

    Case in point: Joseph W. Resovsky of Columbia Station, Ohio, decided to provoke some people with a grossly insensitive post on his Facebook page referring to the shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn.: “I’m so happy someone shot up all those little (expletives). Viva la school shootings!!!!”

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Still seeking your winter storm survival stories

    By the time you read this, you’ll know whether predictions for a big ice storm Friday were accurate or a bust.
    I’d be just fine if those forecasts were nothing more than false alarms, but I do feel a little excitement all the same.
    I don’t want to be in the cold with lines down and power out.
    Still, there’s beauty even in the deadliness of an ice-glazed landscape.
    My sister lives in Lexington, Ky., where damage from an ice storm a few years ago is still apparant in trees that were ripped apart under the weight of the ice.