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The time is now to act on gun violence

on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Like most Americans, I am fed up with the shootings. Why have we accepted these shootings as “normal” events in today’s society? l think desperate times call for desperate measures. Forget the typical arguments about the second amendment for a minute – wh

Why Congress might buy Trump’s food stamp reform plan

on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Thomas L. Knapp Politico reports that the Trump administration wants to partially replace “food stamps” with “a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month.” Under the plan, recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Listing a few superlatives of our world

on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

If someone was to ask me what is the most visited city in the world, I would not guess Bangkok. However, the Thai capital became the first Asian city to top the 2017 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. Bangkok edged out London, the previous No.1,

Washington’s advice rejected by both parties

on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Harold Pease, Ph. D Avoiding national debt was one of George Washington’s greatest admonitions yet neither liberals nor conservatives have paid much attention to it. It would be well to reflect on his advice this President’s Day. The trillion dollar R

Remember veterans on National Salute Week

on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

This Valentine’s Day, many veterans who fought to preserve our freedoms will be hospitalized, receiving the medical care they earned, but separated from the homes and communities they defended. No one should be alone on Valentine’s Day, and with the help

Rejecting cloudy logic of EPA Ozone Rules

on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Merrill Matthews The Environmental Protection Agency missed a court-ordered deadline to announce which regions of the country are complying with an Obama-era ozone rule. The agency says it needs more time to make that determination. Green activists ar

Happy birthday granddaughters, welcome to the teens

on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

The twins, my granddaughters Caroline and Madison, are now teen-agers. The pair will celebrate their 13th year on Feb. 15. So now my little girls are all grown up – at least they think so. In many ways they seem to be, but then in so many other ways they

A friendship strengthened

on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Armstrong Williams The White House recently released a transcript of remarks made by Vice President Mike Pence. According to the release, he spoke in “The Knesset, Jerusalem, Israel.” This may not seem groundbreaking at first glance, but the simple

Remembering the 5-10-25 cents stores

on Tuesday, 06 February 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

The now popular dollar stores – Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree – seem to have replaced the “five and ten cents” stores that thrived during my childhood growing up in Florence. S.H. Kress, F.W. Woolworth and McLellan stores were all located

Memos, Trump

on Tuesday, 06 February 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Dr. Caleb Verbois Perhaps we should not be surprised by the hysteria over the release of Congressman Devin Nunes’ memo. After all, “memogate” has filled Washington with hysteria for weeks. Former deputy assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka, c

Different investments for different investors

on Tuesday, 06 February 2018. Posted in Opinions

Have you ever talked to a co-worker or family member about their investments, only to find that you are on completely different paths? Before you jump to the conclusion that your financial advisor has steered you the wrong way, consider that there are ma

Another reminder that officers deserve our gratitude

on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

January 9 was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. The annual observance aims to remind us of the constant dangers facing our police, deputies and other public safety officers. A much more sobering reminder came just one week later, on Jan. 16, when

Bacon is back!!!

on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Have you noticed that bacon is quietly making a comeback? But bacon is not just for breakfast – it is being used now in desserts, crumbled and sprinkled on donuts, and in candy. Other things we have shied away from or completely forgotten: How about tap w

President Trump’s first year economic record

on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Dr. Mark Hendrickson In an article written 10 days after President Donald Trump’s election victory, I commented on the drop in the price of gold, which was mirrored by a spike in the dollar index. I surmised that the markets were signaling optimism ab
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