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Columns

  • Praying for Boston

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those in Boston as we mourn the loss of innocent lives, pray for recovery for those injured, and come together as a nation determined to bring those guilty to justice.  The terror we saw in Boston is a stark reminder of how precious the freedoms are that we hold so dear and how lucky we are to live in a country that does not tolerate such terror and hate.

     

  • Holding government officials accountable to the American people

    Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez will face a number of questions over the next several days during his confirmation hearings in the Senate.  Many of those questions will revolve around recent reports of Mr. Perez’s mismanagement at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as a secret backroom deal he made that cost American taxpayers millions of dollars. The laundry list of his questionable actions continues to grow.

  • Commentary: Change needed to protect animals

    By Meredith Buist
    Boonsboro

        Did you know that perfectly healthy animals are being euthanized in your community right now?
        There are cats that should never be taken from their outdoor homes that are rounded up and incarcerated using your tax dollars. These cats are perfectly fine living where they are they just need to be neutered, vaccinated and returned.

  • Commentary:Trip to 2013 World Ag Expo

    By Richard H. Ruff
    Goode

        Back in January I saw an ad in a farm publication about the world’s greatest agriculture show.
        I looked up the location on Google Earth and realized that it was located in Tulare County which is in the Central Valley of California. Tulare is the number one agricultural county in the nation and I wanted to see why. I’m not into high tech but thanks to a cousin and my daughter all the travel arrangements, airline, rental car, and motel were made over the Internet.

  • Conservatives just can’t figure it out

    You know, I can’t help but wonder: Has John Barnhart gone soft on Barack Obama?
        The question jumped at me as I was reading one of Mr. Barnhart’s recent musings about just who might be the worst president ever. To my shock, he had a chance to award that dubious title to Barack Hussein Obama, and.....he didn’t take it!

  • Losses for the community

        I had a couple of days off at the end of last week, so coming back to work on Monday had more than the usual challenges, such as going through all e-mails that came in to my work e-mail. I also had to figure out if I brought myself to work with me when I left the house, but I finally figured out that I did. A new computer was also installed, so I spent some time making sure that everything was OK and that I could still connect to the file server.

  • Rooting out waste at the Department of Justice

    As the March 1 sequestration deadline approached, Attorney General Eric Holder dramatically warned that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would be forced to make cuts that threaten the safety of all Americans. Holder claimed that cuts to agencies within the Justice Department would diminish the department’s ability to investigate and prosecute crimes.

     

  • Here it comes: The Chinese Century

    I hope no one is losing too much sleep over whether the young leader of North Korea is going to attack us, or even South Korea, any time soon.
        Despite the big noises made by Kim Jong-Un, the world’s diplomatic players have seen this movie before.

  • A proof text out of context

        There’s an old saying: A proof text out of context is a pretext. The idea is that one should always check the context of a Bible verse that someone has quoted to prove a point. Checking the context of a verse means reading the passage that it was pulled from. It also means checking other parts of the Bible that address the same topic, letting Scripture interpret Scripture.

  • Letters 04/10/13

    A fair voice

        Recently the County Board of Supervisors, as part of the City’s reversion process, voted to absorb the future Town residents into two existing county districts. By so doing, the future Town residents will simply be diluted into the two county districts which will result in the Town residents having no effective voice in how we are governed.