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Today's Opinions

  • China's good sportsmanship

    It appears that China may be trying to invent a new Olympic sport. What would we call it? The Tibetan head-bashing marathon?

    Actually, what has been going on has nothing to do with the games. It is, however, a source of embarrassment for the Chinese government, which is hoping that the Olympics will give them the chance for some positive PR. The news, at least what we are getting, about the situation is not the sort of publicity they want.

  • The rhetoric is getting louder for Clinton to step aside

    The calls for Hillary Clinton to gracefully bow out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president grow louder each day. She should ignore the clamor.

    Yes, Clinton is trailing Barack Obama in pledged delegates by a considerable margin. Yes, she's also losing the popular vote. But, truth be told, she's only one Obama misstep away from the tide turning in her favor.

  • We can stop school shootings

    We have the knowledge and the ability to stop school violence like the shootings that just occurred at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Practical proven strategies for ending violence are available, and we are not using them. Why? Perhaps because we are culturally unaware of them.

  • Letters

    Flames spread to Bedford

    For the past several years in our country, some politicians, news commentators and talk show hosts have fanned the flames of fear and suspicion over the question of illegal immigration.

    Now it appears those flames have jumped the fire line and are burning in Bedford. And the fire has jumped out of the forest of illegal immigration and has burned the private property of one company?s attempt to provide simple, decent housing to workers in a legal migrant worker program.

  • Next year, we’ll start leaving Iraq

    It was certainly no coincidence that on the day last week when the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq was reached, a new poll showed yet another decline in the approval rating of the president who launched this war.

    George W. Bush, whose long-awaited exit from office gets closer and closer with the sweet passing of each day, is now at a pathetic 31 percent approval rating. There can be little doubt that the main reason for this is his stubborn insistence upon continuing a war and an occupation that the American public largely turned against in 2005.

  • House leadership plays politics with America's security

    The national security of the United States is not something that should be a matter of political gamesmanship. However, one must question whether such is going on in the House of Representatives.

  • Say 'thanks' before they're gone

    France buried its last World War I veteran last week.

    Actually, Lazare Ponticelli was Italian. Born at the end of 1897, he left Italy, when he was 9, to join his brothers who were already in France. When Germany invaded in August, 1914, Ponticelli, still 16 at the time, lied about his age in order to enlist in the Foreign Legion. He wanted to fight for the country that took him in.

  • Working to decrease America’s dependence on foreign energy

    Each week, folks across the Sixth District and the nation are confronted with the rising cost of energy, from the gas pump to their electric and gas bills. Energy is vital to every sector of the U.S. economy, including homes, small businesses and industries. When energy supplies are tight, families and businesses are severely impacted by the resulting increase in energy costs.