Opinion Archive

Lee Hamilton:
A speech everyone should read

As a country, we make a habit of looking forward, not backward. But I’m going to ask you to turn your attention back a few weeks, to Barack Obama’s January 10 farewell address to the American people. I’ve been reading presidential farewell speeches for many years. Most of them give good advice. This speech, however, [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Terri Schlichenmeyer:
Whether it’s front-to-back or back-to front, plenty of hugs in children’s book

You’ve had enough cookies for today. Mom says that sometimes; mostly when it’s true. But can you ever have enough cookies? For that matter, can you ever have enough toys, TV, playtime, or visits to Grandma’s? In the new book “I’ll Hug You More” by Laura Duksta, illustrated by Melissa Iwai, there’s always a chance [ Read More ]

Brad Wenstrup:
Compassion, security, and our national identity

I’ll never forget two Iraqi citizens who I served alongside in Iraq. As I was serving as a combat surgeon, they were both working on behalf of the United States as interpreters in our hospital in Iraq. After assisting the U.S. in this way, their lives were in jeopardy if they remained in their own [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
The madness of Super Bowl coverage

I have followed the NFL since my childhood. I learned about the game from my grandfather and father. As much as I love the NFL, however, I cannot stand the Pro Bowl. The game is unwatchable. I am not even sure I understand why the league bothers. The players never play with any effort. But [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
He made me smile

When I look back over the years of my youth and of all the adventures I experienced and the interesting people I have met, one name always comes back. One person I knew could take any day or situation and turn it into enjoyment and so much fun that I always ended up with a [ Read More ]

Kathy Kelly:
Divest from war, invest in people

All Trump, all the time. With a punishing, disorienting barrage of executive orders, President Trump is reversing hard fought gains made in environmental protection, health care, women’s rights, immigration policy, and nuclear weapons reduction–with even more executive orders promised. In his inaugural speech, Trump proclaimed, “America First.” The U.S. does rank first in weapon sales, [ Read More ]

Lee Hamilton:
Can the media hold the politicians accountable?

If you watched Donald Trump’s recent press conference, you may have overlooked a telling and worrisome moment. A CNN reporter tried to ask the president-elect about the extent of his ties to Russian officials. “No! Not you. No! Your organization is terrible,” responded Mr. Trump, and moved on to the next question. The fact that [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Terri Schlichenmeyer
‘Silver City’: It’s where you should be going out west next

You know exactly where you’re going. You’re pointed in the right direction, thanks to a compass that’s moral, innate, or in your pocket. You’re traveling at just the right pace and nothing can deter you – except, as in the new novel “Silver City” by Jeff Guinn, the man who’s about to kill you. Cash [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover
Should moral judgment be used when choosing Hall of Famers?

Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez will enter this year’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown,New York. As a baseball fan, I agree with the selections. I am old enough to have watched and admired all three men during their careers. I am especially a fan of [ Read More ]

Rick Houser
The sweet spot

Growing up in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s was a time I will never regret having the opportunity to experience. From our farm and the neighborhood to the towns and the business folks that caused them to function on a timely and a routine basis. During those year, the town of Felicity was home to [ Read More ]


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