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Today's Opinions

  • Let us remember what it means to be an American

    Last week, as we celebrated our nation's 240th year of independence, I had the profound honor of attending the annual 4th of July celebration at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Each year, that celebration includes a naturalization ceremony in which a group of new citizens takes the Oath of Allegiance to the United States, affirming that they will support and defend the Constitution and our laws against all enemies, foreign and domestic, bearing true faith and allegiance to the same.  

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Marine fueling practices

    Chris Bechtler
    Manager
    Crazy Horse Marina

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.