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Columns

  • Marine fueling practices

    Chris Bechtler
    Manager
    Crazy Horse Marina

  • High court rejects Texas abortion law

        At the end of its current term, the U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow for legal abortion rights, gave former Va. governor Bob McDonnell a second chance, and approved once again affirmative action programs in higher education.
            Some say it’s the end of a conservative streak on the court. Well, we can certainly hope, and we are reminded of how important it is not to let the grubby Donald Trump be in a position to appoint Supreme Court judges.

  • Unity and .50 cal. machine gun bullets

        Attorney General Loretta Lynch said something incredibly stupid a couple of weeks ago. This shouldn’t be surprising considering the fact that she is a political appointee and that her primary qualification for the job is that she’s a loyal Obama sycophant.
        Lynch, speaking in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Orlando said, “Our most effective response to terror is compassion, it’s unity and it’s love.”
        What a bunch of baloney!

  • The ethanol mandate has failed

    Families are gassing up the car to head out of town, fueling up the boat for a weekend at the lake, and getting out the mower to tackle the lawn. But do you know the impact ethanol has on all of these activities? According to the Department of Energy, ethanol contains about one-third less energy than gasoline, meaning the more ethanol in your fuel, the less mileage a tank of gas will get you. Plus, ethanol has been found to damage or corrode many small engines found in power equipment, motorcycles, or boats. The result?

  • Memories of becoming an American

    By James F. Burns

    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        I was born in 1939 in the Midwest.  Our house was surrounded by woods, and I well remember the peacefulness and tranquility of my youth.
         But even at ages 3 and 4, I was aware that we were at war.  I had toy soldiers to play with and knew that real soldiers could get hurt—though I had little idea of what war and death really were.

  • What does drowning look like?

    By Pat Massa
    Chair
    SML Water Safety Council

        As a rookie lifeguard more than 50 years ago, I had all the requisite skills to save a drowning victim’s life but knew little about how to identify a drowning victim.
        During the ‘80s and ‘90s, two of my colleagues did extensive research—viewing videos and interviewing literally thousands of lifeguards—to determine what a person looks like when they are drowning and how a lifeguard or other rescuer can best use that information.

  • Reasonable gun control must be passed

        After the most recent nearly-weekly gun massacre in America, the NRA and the politicians it owns have shown once again how utterly insensitive they all are to the shameful gun violence in our land.
        But this time, House Democrats put the tone-deaf GOP leadership on notice that it will no longer sit quietly while they do nothing.

  • They need to think about what they are doing

    While the news cycle has been focused on “Democrats’” efforts to erode our constitutional rights, with most of the mainstream media wringing their hands over the Donkeys’ lack of success, Syria has been a potential flashpoint for conflict between the United States and Russia.

  • Taking decisive action to protect and defend our homeland

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Countering homegrown terrorism

    It was an act of pure evil. On what should have been a quiet Sunday morning, Americans instead woke to the jarring news of a deadly terrorist attack in Orlando. As a nation, we join the Orlando community and the families of the victims in mourning those who were lost and praying for healing. Sadly, it is the latest in a string of terror attacks here in America – plots that have not been carried out by foreign terrorists but by Americans, against Americans, on American soil. It is a stark reminder that the radical beliefs of terrorist groups, like ISIS, are a threat to our freedoms.