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Today's Opinions

  • Todd Akin’s scary wing of the GOP

    I have a fundamental question about the presidential campaign at this point: If the economy is so terrible and Barack Obama is such a failed, Kenyan socialist, why doesn’t Mitt Romney hold a commanding lead in the polls?
        One answer is this: Every time it looks like Romney might be about to build a little momentum, something happens to show just how extreme his party has become.

  • Donkey party hypocrisy


        President Barack Obama spent quite a bit of time blasting private-equity firms, once it became obvious that Mitt Romney would be the Republican nominee. It seems, however, that private-firms are just fine when he needs their services.

  • One giant leap

        There’s no doubt: His step truly was “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
        Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930. He died this past Saturday at the age of 82.

  • Letters 08/22/12

    Signature achievement

        One of President Obama’s and the Democrat’s signature achievements was the passage of the Affordable Care Act.  
        Most people don’t have a clue what is actually in the legislation. Visit this Web site  http://www.healthcare.gov/law/timeline/index.html to see a detailed description of the benefits and the accomplishments of the Act  and then ask yourself why Republicans want to repeal this.  

  • Enforcing America’s immigration laws

    Enforcing our laws against illegal immigration is a subject of great concern for many in the Sixth District and nationwide. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 11.5 million illegal aliens resided in the United States as of 2011. The illegal alien population continues to grow, costing taxpayers billions of dollars and placing a significant burden on our schools, health care facilities, and law enforcement. 

  • Back to school time is here!

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

        Yes, it’s hard to believe that the summer is winding down and the youngsters are headed back to school.
        Whether it’s their first year or their 12th, school traffic and activities bring on a whole new level of excitement and anxiety for students as well as those driving in school zone areas. Please be aware that youngsters will be walking to school, riding bikes and loading and unloading from buses. 

  • Military suicide rate at record hig

        Cheryl Ecker of Champion, Ohio, wears a bracelet made out of the laces of her son’s army boots. Her son, Michael, a 25-year-old veteran of the Iraq war, became a tragic statistic in April.
        He was standing in the yard of his home when he called out to his father. After his dad turned around, Michael saluted, raised a gun to his head, and pulled the trigger. His suicide was just one of many among those who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, a cause of increasing alarm at the Pentagon.

  • Ruler of heaven and earth


        While the fighting in Syria has been getting lots of attention lately,  Iran remains our biggest foreign policy problem. The possibility that Shia clerics that are running that country may have nuclear weapons at their disposal in the near future poses a grave threat, and not just to their immediate neighbors. A piece, written by Ayad Jamaluddin that appeared in the Wall Street Journal in the July 17 edition, explains why. Jamaluddin knows what he’s talking about. He’s a Shia cleric himself and served in Iraq’s parliament.