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Columns

  • No retreat on women’s rights

        If you’re old enough to remember the political battles of the 1970s, then you remember the fight in those days over the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
         Backward, right-wing forces, who always desire to keep women down, assailed us with hysterical predictions about what would happen were it to pass.
         I’d honestly forgotten how over the top some of those things were, until a recent letter to the editor here brought it all back.

  • What politics will pursue in 2019

        The current impasse between President Donald Trump and the Bolshe .... uh ... “Democrats” gives a good picture of what legislative priorities will be for 2019. It does not bode well for this year, or next year for that matter.

  • What politics in 2019 should pursue

        The beginning of a new year makes us reflect on possibilities, and in politics, that’s never been truer than it is now.
         Our current president is easily the single most corrupt one we’ve ever seen in the Oval Office, and 2019 may be the year when he finally gets justice.
        Most observers believe the Mueller Report will be submitted relatively soon, at least as regards one aspect of his investigation, the possible collusion with Russia over their interference for Trump in 2016.

  • Fake news

        President Donald Trump often refers to fake news when he’s upset about a negative story about him or his administration pops up in the national media. Actually, there is fake news out there, but it’s not what President Trump is talking about when he blasts the news media.

  • Reflection on my time of service
  • A regime that’s crashing and burning

        What’s that Bible verse about reaping what you sow? Yes, Donald Trump’s “Christian conservative” supporters may want to find that one again and give it some thought. This regime is on the ropes, and many people don’t expect it to last a full term.
        It is, and has been, a complete joke, of course. But what’s happening now – with the walls closing in on him from so many directions – represents an inevitable reckoning of justice for having been so corrupt for so long.

  • Not what it claims to be

        I know that local people who identify with the so called “Democratic” Party get very annoyed because I put the party’s name in quotes.

  • Getting out of Yemen

        Last week, the United States Senate took an important step toward ending America’s complicity in the tragic civil war in Yemen.
        Voting 56-41, senators approved the Yemen War Powers Resolution, introduced by Sens. Mike Lee, Bernie Sanders, and Chris Murphy. The New York Times referred to it as “an unusual invocation of the War Powers Act” of 1973.

  • Polarization

        So much has been said and written about polarization in American society nowadays.
        A local man I know recently shared a conversation he had with a friend who had been working with refugees from Bosnia. The friend told him that the various groups in what had formerly been Yugoslavia had been living in harmony until recently and then seemingly overnight became bitter enemies who hated each other. The fellow I know, I’ll call him George, brought up the polarization in America.

  • Cline prepares for 116th Congress

    By Congressman Ben Cline