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Today's Opinions

  • Being a team player goes two ways

        A couple of weeks ago, I urged people who don’t think a bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin belongs at the National D-Day Memorial to be team players as far as the Memorial, itself, goes. It’s really hard to do that when D-Day Memorial Foundation decision makers apparently won’t let them do it.

  • Letters

    Restoring the Mill

        I have been a member of the Big Otter Mill Commission, who have been working for some time to get the Big Otter Mill back into working order, since the summer of 2007. The progress we have made since then has been simply amazing. The actual water wheel, which was 18 feet in diameter by 6 feet wide, and weighing roughly 8 tons, has been hoisted off its bearings, and disassembled. We have placed an order to get new buckets manufactured, which we should receive about two months hence.

  • Unemployed workers deserve extended benefits

    It is far too easy for those in Washington to forget just how brutal this economy is for working families back home. Every weekend when I travel around the 5th district, I hear stories of the struggles of those who are looking for work or trying to make ends meet in these tough times. It has become increasingly clear to me that the elites in the United States Senate have completely lost touch with the struggles and challenges of the people they represent.

  • A fiscally responsible budget

    This week House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced that, in fact, the House Democrats will not produce a federal budget resolution for fiscal year 2011.  This marks the first time since the passage of the Budget Act of 1974 that the House of Representatives has failed to pass an initial budget, setting the spending priorities for the following fiscal year.  What does this mean for American taxpayers?

  • Tough times for President Obama

        Everyone knew that whoever won the 2008 presidential campaign would have to face tough issues and many a difficult choice inheriting the mess left by George W. Bush.

        Newsweek and NBC reporter Howard Fineman has written that President Barack Obama is “hunkered down” these days in the White House, under siege from the weight of the troubles he’s facing.

  • Exploring the Park’s options

    For the second time in its history, plans for Explore Park to become a multi-million dollar family vacation destination spot have fallen by the wayside.

        At the Park’s inception, the plan was for a $350 million Lewis and Clark-themed park with hotels, a zoo, retail and other attractions. The park would eventually take a different route, before falling on hard times in 2007. That’s when the living history portion of the park shut down because of a lack of funds.

  • Letters

    Empower and honor our Constitution

        As we honor and empower our wounded warriors, constituents owe it to them to honor and empower our wounded constitution.

        We should never assume that all elected officials are vigilant in empowering and honoring our constitution.

        As it is the duty of soldiers to serve and protect our freedom, so it should be the duty of constituents to purge elected officials straying from the constitution for their own personal empowerment.

  • Legislation will help community banks and small business

    As I travel around our communities, I constantly hear from small business owners that the banks just will not lend, particularly the big banks that got bailed out. Even in these tough times, we know that two out of every three new jobs is created by a small or medium-sized business, and we know that this job growth is being limited by a lack of capital lending.