Opinion Archive

The picture that hung on my grandmother’s wall

As a very young boy I remember going to my Grandparents home in New Richmond. The old house is no longer standing but it once stood behind where Frisch’s Restaurant is today. It was a very old two story house with a large front porch. Today, we refer to this type of house as having [ Read More ]

Make the dollar-for-dollar rule permanent

Congress and the president have finally agreed to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit, along with spending cuts of an equal or greater amount. There are many points of view about the final agreement, but here’s a positive aspect of the underlying principle: If we pledge to hold all future debt-limit increases to the [ Read More ]

A clear path forward for the United States

With a recession that is persistent, the United States must take bold action to prevent a permanent decline in the American standard of living. First and foremost, we must rebuild our infrastructure of roads, bridges, sewage systems, railroads, airports and our electric grid. All of the aforementioned items have received a Grade “D” or “D-” [ Read More ]

Customer says ‘Thank you from the bottom of my heart’

George BrownLast week I delivered meals-on-wheels to a new customer. It is not something I get to do very often but this was an unusual circumstance. This sweet older lady lives at the top of a nearly half mile long driveway that can only be navigated with a four-wheel drive vehicle, which I happen to [ Read More ]

Bill would require safeguards for Peace Corps volunteers

In the 50 years since President Kennedy proposed the idea of the Peace Corps, we’d be right to expect that it had grown into a well-traveled ambassador for what is good about America – the compassion and generosity of our people. Peace Corps volunteers, inspired by optimism and high ideals, have traveled to the four [ Read More ]

Seven easy steps to grow the economy

June’s disappointing jobs numbers should serve as another wake-up call to Washington to focus on the economy and move quickly in a bipartisan manner to create the climate for job growth. Here are seven common-sense ideas Congress could take up and pass this year to make our economy more competitive and help struggling families in [ Read More ]

Murdoch has had an eventful week

For Rupert Murdoch, the past week must have seemed like a slow-motion train wreck. On Sunday, Rebekah Brooks, who was editor of The News of the World from 2000 to 2003, was arrested under suspicion of phone hacking and paying bribes to police. The News of the World was Murdoch’s largest circulation newspaper in London. [ Read More ]

Stroke awareness – quick action is critical to survival

A friend of mine recently had a mild stroke. It was serious enough to require a brief hospital stay and a period of rehabilitation at a health care facility. With some lifestyle changes she hopes to return home soon, or move to an assisted living facility. My friend is among the nearly 800,000 Americans, mostly [ Read More ]

We’re all in a Ball of Confusion

I have paid close attention to my two grandchildren as they are growing up. Carson is six and Eva is five and at their young ages they are still very innocent and approach each day as an adventure that is full of happiness and excitement. To them, the only reference to color may be that [ Read More ]

Arrests shake major media conglomerate

Bribing police, wiretapping phones, lying under oath to committees of elected representatives investigating criminal activities. The actions of Michael Corleone? No, these activities – normally associated with mob bosses – were “business as usual” for Rupert Murdoch’s media empire since at least 2002. In addition, Murdoch’s underlings deleted millions of e-mails and hacked into the [ Read More ]

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