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Columns

  • I’m your American flag

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida.

        I’ve been to the moon.  I’ve been burned.  But more often I’m honored.  I’m your American flag.
        With 13 stars for colonies clamoring for freedom, I was first flown at Fort Stanwix in New York in 1777—and then carried into battle for the first time at Brandywine in Pennsylvania. By war’s end, I was saluted as the emblem of a sovereign nation, new and free.  I’m your American flag.

  • GOP stuck with Trump’s racist campaign

        The national Republican party is now mired in an historic level of shame with the pending nomination of Donald Trump for president.
        Things have been bad for the party before, as it has spent the last few decades slipping farther and farther into an ideological straitjacket. But with Trump, things have reached a new low, and a lot of Republicans are not very happy.

  • Don’t forget those who survived

        Last week’s D-Day anniversary ceremony included the reading of all 2,499 Americans who were killed on D-Day. It’s the first time all these names have every been publicly read out loud. We should never forget them and the cause they died for.

  • Shifting the focus from permitting to progress

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Putting security before shortcuts

    Sometimes less is more. But when it comes to keeping our communities safe from terrorist threats, security comes before shortcuts. A bill that I strongly support, the Visa Integrity and Security Act, addresses the gaping holes in our immigration process that allow those who wish Americans harm to game the system.

     

     

  • Bathrooms? You gotta be kidding me

        Many years ago, I read a book called “Second Serve,” written by a former doctor and tennis professional named Renee Richards.
        This wasn’t your standard autobiography of a self-obsessed athlete interested in telling her story to make even more money. By today’s standards, it was a ground-breaking introduction to what we now know as being “transgender.”

  • Becoming more lethal
  • New political dramas a must see!

        If you like television, you have to admit that the modern era offers something of a gold mine. Since the development of cable and satellite TV, there are more channels and networks than ever.
        In particular, if you enjoy dramas and documentaries on politics and history, then this truly is a golden age.

  • I’ll respect the picket lines

        As of this writing, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 and Kroger had reached a tentative agreement on a contract. Union leadership has recommended that its members accept the contract offer.

  • Of our American rights and freedoms, which one would you choose to celebrate and why?

    By Anna Barrett
    Liberty HS Good Citizen
    Sponsored by Peaks of Otter NSDAR

        As Americans, we are privileged to have an abundance of rights and freedoms at out hands.  Would being able to call yourself an American mean anything if we didn’t have these freedoms?