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Columns

  • COLUMN: Remember that bleak Jan. 22

    By ROBERT MORRISON
    Guest Columnist

    I vividly remember January 22, 1973. Richard Nixon had just been inaugurated for a second term. That thought depressed me. Lyndon Johnson, a virtual exile in Texas, died of a heart attack. And the news of a breakthrough in negotiations to end the Vietnam War commanded attention. It seemed we might get our POWs back.

  • COLUMN: Guns, school safety and strong emotions

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    We’re always happy when editorials on this page generate letters to the editor, even when it’s a mistake of ours that gets people putting pen to paper.

    Last week’s editorial advocating tighter restrictions on assault-style firearms generated quite the buzz. That’s good. Our editorial contained an error in saying school shootings were carried out with automatic weapons. Instead, they were done with semiautomatic weapons. There is a difference.

  • Law-abiding citizens have a right to own guns

     

    First, I wanted to thank you for your editorial (Jan. 14) concerning the proposal to ban assault weapons. I know this is an important topic and deserves attention, but please let me voice my opinion.

    I first ask what is an assault rifle? What makes a rifle an assault rifle? I own several guns, one of those is a .22 caliber rifle. It is semi automatic, has a detachable 10-round magazine and a scope. Sounds a lot like an assault rifle right?

  • COLUMN: Beating the winter blahs

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Like a lot of people, winter often finds me in a bit of a funk. I don’t get depressed in the clinical sense but find I’m grumpy(ier), more anxious and less apt to be active. I’m working to shed pounds and the occasional walks – bike rides on nice days – have and will help.

  • COLUMN: Gun debate has middle view

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    We are hearing, as we always do when slaughters of innocents occur, from people with views at both extremes in the gun-ownership debate.

    One side is convinced that firearms are evil and must be strictly controlled. The other side will relinquish their weapons only “when they’re pried from my cold, dead fingers.”

    My own opinion about guns is somewhere in the middle.

  • COLUMN: A few new year thank-yous

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    A new year has brought new faces to county government. Officeholders were sworn in last Monday during a ceremony at the county courthouse.

    The arrival of new people to public jobs means former officials have left office. They deserve our thanks for several years of hard work.

  • COLUMN: Why the U.S. is collapsing

    TIM KLOEPPEL
    GUEST COLUMNIST
    Who is to blame for America’s momentous and ongoing decline? Many will attribute this recognition to the Democrats and Barack Obama, but this is incorrect.

  • COLUMN: Being a good neighbor involves taking risk

    This column first appeared in 2004 but is relevant today. I thought of what I wrote eight years ago after watching media coverage of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting and the shooting deaths of two firefighters who were killed when they responded to a house fire in New York.
    Not many of us are called upon to risk our lives to save others. Staff members at the school did that trying to stop a deranged shooter. The firefighters did as well. As the new year arrives, we might think about how we might respond to help others, in all sorts of situations.  

  • Middling ‘Hobbit’ is still a good ‘Rings’ film

    Eric Harris

    Film Review

    In the battle of the geek trilogies, I’ve always fallen on the side of “Star Wars.” 

  • Longing for a return to Perry County

    As a 33-year-old, I feel that I’ve seen more places than most people have in a lifetime. I’ve been to the mountains, saw the oceans, lived along the Gulf, the list goes on.

    Of all the places I’ve been, none compare to Perry County when it comes to being the place for me. That being said, I’ll take just a moment to explain why.