Opinion Archive

PAUL SCHWIETERING
Newt wins South Carolina, Willard wins Florida

After Newt Gingrich beat Willard “Mitt” Romney in South Carolina by 47 percent to 34 percent, Romney beat Gingrich in Florida by 46 percent to 32 percent. The “Super Pac” supporting Gingrich broadcast negative ads against Romney in South Carolina, and the “Super Pac” supporting Romney (which is run by former Romney staffers) and Romney’s [ Read More ]

Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
Your telephone is your new best friend

Your telephone is your new best friend. That’s because it’s the direct line between your ear and the voice of the one with whom you’ve fallen in love. Your phone is never far away because keeping it close lets him whisper endearments, share her thoughts, or spill secrets. Your telephone rings, you smile. It pings, [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
Jan Brewer’s new book tour

To those who know Arizona Governor Jan Brewer at all, she is most well-known for corruption, and secondly for running away from reporters during her re-election campaign. The best-known of her corruption scandals is her move to “privatize” several of Arizona’s prisons. Two of her top staffers were former operatives for Corrections Corporation of America, [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Check register revives treasured memories

Yvonne and I married in August of 1966 at the tender age of 20 in the midst of our college years.  Memories of those early days cannot easily be called to mind, especially those long forgotten memories of the day-to-day events of our lives. A few weeks ago Yvonne was going through what can only be [ Read More ]

Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Girl Hunter’ is a book that will snare hunters and eaters alike

Dinner last night was delicious. The salad was crispy and fresh, with all the right additions and your favorite dressing. There was the slightest tease of a comfort-food memory from the main dish, which was created with a mini-bite of spice nipping your tongue. And the side dishes? You had seconds of those, followed by [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
Newt won’t be able to dodge questions the whole campaign

In an interesting innovation to the art of media-bashing, Newt Gingrich dragged his two adult daughters into the sordid details of his breakup with his second wife. Apparently, Newt’s second wife has just published a book and mentions in the book that Gingrich had asked her to agree that their marriage should become an “open [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
‘Will you be my travel trailer sweetheart?’

The icy conditions last Friday night apparently sparked a tinge of guilt in Yvonne, prompting her to come out to the travel trailer to check on me on Saturday morning. I heard a tap on the window and then the sound of her voice, “Are you okay in there?” “I’m okay,” I said in my [ Read More ]

JEAN SCHMIDT
‘Miracle baby’ Sophia Cordier left precious footprints

Sometimes it takes great strength to be quiet enough to listen to the breathing of a child. Especially a child who is about to die. We want to rush around, to talk to the doctors, to make decisions, to somehow stop what can’t be stopped. The thought of a dying infant is a stab in [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
If you have room in the diaper bag, pack ‘How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm’

Just about two hours. That’s all you figured it would take to do the few errands you had, maybe less. So you packed the car accordingly: car seat, stroller, diaper bag with extra nappies, a change of clothes, burp cloths, bottles, pacifiers, box of wipes, two toys, tissues, an extra blanket… oh, and the baby, [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
We miss you, Harry Truman

A story by Associated Press reporter Frank Eltman has gained national attention. In Brentwood, Long Island (near New York City), “Samantha Garvey and her family had been living in a homeless shelter for several days when they got word the 17-year-old aspiring marine biologist” was one of only 300 students nationwide who had made it [ Read More ]


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