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Today's Opinions

  • Split second decisions

        Every day our law enforcement officers willingly put themselves in harm’s way.
        Every traffic stop, every patrol, every response to a call carries with it the potential of danger.
        And when that danger happens, decisions must be made in a split second. The lives of others, as well as their own, could hang in the balance of those decisions that are made in the blink of an eye.

  • Justice was done

        It’s true that black people in America have a long history of being exploited. They were originally brought to America to provide slave labor on tobacco plantations in Virginia. Later this expanded to the cotton plantations in the deep South after Eli Whitney made improvements to the cotton gin that made it work with the variety of cotton that would grow in inland areas.

  • Remember, we are all immigrants

        President Obama’s recent actions on protecting some five million illegal immigrants has sparked much acknowledgment across the country that the immigration problem needs a compassionate solution.
        Among conservatives, however, the reaction has been predictably hysterical. The president is “a dictator.” He’s “destroying America.” He has laid waste to nothing less than “the American way of life.”

  • Hearing finds more Secret Service reforms needed

    At a recent House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, Acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy called the security lapses that allowed an armed man to jump the fence and enter the White House “devastating.” That is a sentiment I agree with wholeheartedly.

     

  • The President’s “go it alone” approach is an affront to our Constitution

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Unilateral, unconstitutional immigration actions must be stopped

    Reading the Constitution isn’t something many Americans do on a daily basis. However, in light of President Obama’s announcement that he will act unilaterally to change our immigration laws and shield five million unlawful immigrants from immigration enforcement, perhaps we should take a look at our founding document for a refresher. Article 1 Section 1 of the Constitution states that “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” The Congress, not the President, has the power to legislate.

  • We must prevent Iran from gaining nuclear capability

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    One of the gravest global threats that we as a nation face is the prospect of Iran gaining the capability to produce a nuclear weapon, and it must be the policy of the United States to do everything within its power to prevent this from happening.

  • With thanksgiving

        The reality of life is always there to teach us that in any given year, we will enjoy both blessing and hardship, triumph and defeats.
        Sometimes it is easier to recount the struggles than to focus on the blessings. It can sometimes be easier to focus on the inequities of life and where life doesn’t appear to be fair. But the truth is, if we look close enough, we have blessings—many blessings—for which to give thanks. Let's take this season and use it to refocus on the blessings this life offers us.