Today's Opinions

  • The scammers are back at it!

    By Jerry Hale

        Anyone who’s spending significant time in their boat or on their dock can’t help but have noticed the latest water recreation passion on SML: wake sufing.
        While not quite as widespread as Stand Up Paddle Boarding, wake surfing has become SML’s fastest-growing tow sport despite the seemingly prohibitive high “entry cost” of a towboat equipped to create the enormous wakes required give an adult or teenager a satisfying surfing experience.

  • Trump and his ‘Christian’ troops

        Everyone was joking for a while that it seemed no one in particular wanted to speak at the Republican National Convention. It also looked, for a while, that very few people were enthusiastic about being on the GOP ticket with Donald Trump.
            Well, Mr. “Make America Great Again” has gotten some movement on both those fronts, picking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, and producing convention speakers who were heavy on, well, preachers.

  • Kevin Willis was right

        A suggestion that District 7 Supervisor Kevin Willis made last week — one that was unanimously accepted by his fellow supervisors — was a wise suggestion.
        As the supervisors discussed Ginger Ausband’s special use permit for a folk art retreat, a condition that no alcoholic beverages be permitted caught Willis’ attention. The condition had been attached by the planning commission when they unanimously recommended approval of Ausband’s special use permit.

  • Letters 07/13/16


        It is ironic Rick Howell recently wrote for more gun control and this week expressed his opinion regarding a Texas abortion law.
        In the first article, Howell opined the need to take away a constitutional right to bear arms purportedly to save lives, and this week applauds a court-mandated right that has left millions dead. In one instance, he demands the courts and politicians legislate morality, and in the next, condemns legislation that attempts to do just that.

  • 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.  

  • Clinton email investigation leaves more questions than answers

    What does it say to the public when officials at the highest levels are not held accountable? The American people expect government officials to abide by the law just like everyone else. However, that does not appear to be the case for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Just a few days ago, FBI Director James Comey announced his recommendation that no criminal charges be filed against Secretary Clinton for her use of a private email server while at the State Department and the mishandling of classified information.

  • What others had to say about the Dallas shootings

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.):

        “Too many people have lost their lives this week due to senseless acts of violence.

  • Hillary: A right-wing target for decades

        Democrats will soon nominate a candidate for president whose resume is unmatched by anyone else in either party.
        Hillary Clinton is, as the president said, the most qualified person in a lifetime to seek the presidency. She topped a career of political activism by being elected U.S. Senator, while still First Lady, later serving as U.S. Secretary of State.