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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: When police kill, public has right to information

    By KEN PAULSON    
    First Amendment Center
    There’s often tension between government and the press about access to public information.

    Typically, reporters  strive to use public-records laws to obtain information about government expenditures and decision-making.

    What’s on the mayor’s city-issued credit card?

    Does that ambitious new developer have business ties to members of the city council?

    Will plans for this development have a potential impact on the environment?

  • Says truth serum should be given to police officers

    Police are stealing weapons wherever they can.

    They will have someone come in your home and hold you at gunpoint until you sign your weapons over to them.

    The officer will then get a warrant already signed by the judge and then fill it out.

    Then they will call you up and have you bring the weapons to them.

    The law doesn’t care if the warrant is delivered to your house or not, just as long as they get the weapons.

    The officers are trying to steal the weapons for themselves.

  • I-40 billboard not this Democrat’s cup of ‘Tea’

  • GUEST OPINION: God goes back to school through First Amendment

    By CHARLES HAYDEN
    First Amendment Center
    Millions of kids return to school this week — and, contrary to culture-war rhetoric, most of won’t leave their faith at the schoolhouse door.

    As classes get under way, public school students across America will form religious clubs, pray together in their free time, distribute religious literature to classmates, share their religious convictions in class discussions and in many other ways belie the myth of the “godless public schools.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: To whom much is given, of him much is required

    As this column is being prepared for submission to the publisher, the Democratic National Convention is just getting underway, and the Republican National Convention has been concluded five or six days ago.

    Due to these circumstances there is as yet little that we can say about the Democratic get-together in Charlotte, and a very great deal about which we could comment arising from the Republican assembly in Tampa, including addresses by Mrs. Romney, Mr. Ryan, and the Governor himself; not to mention Clint Eastwood’s performance.

  • Death pictures posting was vile, malicious act

    My family would like to thank District Attorney General Russell Johnson for his comments and support pertaining to the malicious Facebook posting of pictures from my brother, Bill Jones and his friend’s murders.

    It was in my and most everyone’s opinion a heinous act, as well as an admission of guilt.

    This latest ploy for attention is not surprising, as Rocky and Leon Houston are like two dogs with the mange.

    No matter how much they scratch, it is going to spread until it finally consumes them.

  • GUEST OPINION: Defamation by the anonymous getting attention

    By KEN PAULSON    
    First Amendment Center
    Those who anonymously damage the reputations of others on the Internet may have a rude awakening.

    They’re not as anonymous as they believe. We’ve seen a number of cases in recent months in which judges have upheld subpoenas that give libel-suit plaintiffs the identities of those who have been posting ugly things about them:

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: What does Holy Bible mean to Romney/Ryan?

    Percipient reader, you will doubtless recall that when a major hurricane was descending upon a major U.S. city a few years ago, a prominent Virginia preacher, since deceased, opined that this was a sign of God’s displeasure with some of the things taking place in that city.