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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION:When online reviews lead to lawsuits

    By KEN PAULSON
    President, First Amendment Center
    When a Minnesota man felt his family was treated shabbily by a neurologist, he made sure the world knew about it.

    Dennis Laurion posted caustic reviews of Minnesota neurologist David McKee, saying he was insensitive to his father’s needs and claiming that a nurse called the doctor “a real tool.”

    This angered Mc-Kee, who offered his own prescription: a libel suit.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Yager awarded for help with jail overcrowding

    We have not previously published much laudatory verbiage concerning Kentucky’s junior senator, Rand Paul, but his recent accomplishment has shown that he has inherited at least some of his daddy’s political skills. We refer, of course, to his day-long filibuster.

  • Gillum shoots off few rounds of sarcasm at NRA

    Boom! Bang! Rat-a-tat-tat! Crack! Ka-Pow! Blam! Sounds guns make!

    Yes, THEY are coming for our guns!

    Beware, red-meat lovers; you won’t be able to hunt essential game anymore — a valuable and necessary part of your diet.

    Beware, weak and old; you won’t be able to fight off the hordes of armed thugs who will prey upon your helpless and unarmed household.

    Watch out, property owners, too, for you, too, will be targeted when the bandits take over America, land of the free but unarmed without your GUNS.

  • Writer responds to ‘negativity is a downer’ quote

    B.J. Gilum writes in a recent Letter that “Negativity is a downer and should be dropped from the Republican lexicon.”

    A number of quotations come to mind, like casting the first stone, or picking motes from eyes, or dealing with stones in glass houses, and ....

    Jim Leitnaker
    Kingston
     

  • GUEST OPINION: Fifth-graders have rights to freedom, too

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    When people ask if children in public schools have First Amendment rights, I’m tempted to answer, “Only if you think they’re human.”

    After all, the U.S. Constitution recognizes that every person is born with certain inalienable rights not granted by the government, including freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment.

  • Mixed forecast mars Sunshine Week, freedom

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    The forecast from this year’s National Sunshine Week, March 10-15, which annually focuses on issues of freedom of information and transparency in government, was “partly cloudy, with some sun and some storms.”

  • Republicans need to find out who they are

    The Kool-Aid kids are back again.

    The youthful chairman of the Republican National Committee revealed the latest effort to bring minorities into the party.

    It consists of a $10 million fund to pay a cadre of grassroots operatives to convince minorities the Republican Party is the party for them.

    With a population of approximately 120 million minorities in the U.S., that allows for less than a dime per vote, oops, I mean per minority.

  • Winter Blast a success thanks to contributors

    CASA’s first Winter Blast was a great success, raising more than $18,000 to help train and support our volunteer court-appointed special advocates. These volunteers are appointed by our juvenile courts to investigate and advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children.

    Many individuals and organizations contributed to the success: sponsors who helped to offset the costs, in-kind donors who provided services and prizes, and the many who bought raffle tickets and came out to see Jimmy Wayne and enjoy the festivities.