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Today's Opinions

  • Politics and human nature

    I will make this short and sweet. We can't keep going on the way we have been, even though the politicians tell us everything will be OK. Their agenda is greed and control and it has gone unchecked for too long.

    Start preparing for the way of life to which we have grown so accustomed to end some day soon. What does this mean? It means everything we now take for granted: food, clothing, shelter, heat, water, fuel, you name it, will be intermittent at best, and if you can get it, it will be at a premium.

  • A patriot's dream

    I'm uncertain of what awakened me that morning. I heard voices in the living room, but that was not uncommon. My wife usually leaves the radio on low to keep the parakeet company. She's like that.

    I looked at my watch. 3:49 glowed from my wrist. July 4.

    The light was on in the living room, but that was not unusual either. She leaves lights on all over the house as a rule rather than the exception. No, it wasn't the lights that got my attention, nor the low voices. It was the smell of pipe tobacco.

  • Despite flaws, 'Surrogates' still entertains

    "Surrogates," Bruce Willis' latest, is an entertaining, yet unoriginal and problematic, sci-fi film. It takes place about fifteen years in the future, where robotic surrogates handle the day to day life for 99 percent of the world's population, while their owners control them from their homes.

    Think of the world like a live action chat room, where everyone can choose what they look like.

  • Inching back toward democracy beats zero progress

    Some people say anyone who has nothing to hide shouldn't be bothered by the government looking into their affairs.

    We say that attitude flies in the face of all that is American.

    In America, we don't undergo investigation unless we're suspected of wrongdoing, and evidence exists to support the suspicion. In America, our affairs are nobody's business but our own.

    That was the case, at least, in Old America.

  • A salute to firefighters

    National Fire Prevention Week, observed Oct. 4-10 this year, is fast approaching, making it an opportune time to salute  volunteer firefighters who protect our lives and property.

    Fire Prevention Week has been around decades and has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 7-8, 1871, that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 people homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 structures.

  • Americans want sensible reform

    In his Sept. 3 guest column (about Labor Day), Bil Musgrave  calls for us to commit to workers' rights, but he proposes ways that push a political agenda. 

    While people of good faith can disagree about different approaches to problems; I hope we can see a way that doesn't expand government power in our lives or require more tax money to be spent.

  • Matt Damon perfect in his finest work yet

    "The Informant!" the latest film from director Steven Soderbergh ("Ocean's 11"), is a strangely funny take on corporate whistleblower movies like Michael Mann's "The Insider." This isn't a spoof movie or anything, though. It's actually based on the true story of Mark Whitacre, a vice president of an agri-business company that has been involved in price fixing, who turned FBI informant on his company, ADM, in the early to mid 90s.

  • Politicians need to conduct themselves with decorum

    Rep. Joe Wilson's shouting, "You lie!" to President Barack Obama during Obama's Sept. 9 televised speech on health care has drawn a variety of responses.

    Many, including some of the South Carolina congressman's fellow Republicans, have expressed outrage.

    "I cringed," Rep. David Dreier, the top-ranking Republican on the House Rules Committee, told USA Today. "I think it's just unfortunate."