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Today's Opinions

  • Christmas 1914 and 94 years later

    As we approach the holidays, it seems that our understanding of a tradition may be about to end and it is heartbreaking. The down and dirty of it is that as grandchildren get older, they are less inclined to accept the fantasies that we, the grandparents weave for them in the expectation that they will be children forever — at least in our minds.

  • “It came to me in a dream!

    I’ll protect the aquifer!”

     

  • Collateral damage of a free market

    According to President Bush the world financial crisis was in no way caused by free market economic policy. History doesn’t support the president’s belief. Our current crisis is a repetition of many other periods of abuse of economic freedom, most memorably the Great Depression.

    Capitalism is successful when economic and political freedom are mutually supportive. Institutional responsibility and political protection of the individual freedoms set forth in our Constitution are both necessary.

  • Can scientists

    find a hate gene?

    Who is looking for the hate gene? Surely, since we have the DNA double helix available, someone must be looking for the hate gene!

  • “Half the people I know are below average.”

  • Energy from garbage is right way to go

    When Marion County held special ceremonies this week to unveil some big generators at the Baseline Landfill, they acted like it was a big deal.

    It was.

    With a nation that puts some 80 percent of our garbage in our landfills – and those landfills reaching capacity – community leaders with vision are looking for new ways to solve the problem.

  • Those were the days, my friend, repairing with black tape

    Recently, a friend mused and asked if the good old days were really that good.

    There’s no easy answer. Comparing what has been to what is depends on where one is coming from and which priorities were set. 

    Hope would be at the top of the list if we didn’t recognize it.

    Can anyone recall growing up with anything but positive prospects for the future?

    Your writer’s birth country was embroiled in war and her adopted country stepped in to help win it.

  • They survived ‘Pearl’ but time takes its toll

    It was once easier to remember Pearl Harbor Day because Dec. 7 was far enough from Christmas that the holiday hubbub had not begun. Like other traditions, it is customary to interview survivors of the “day of infamy” for the issue on or near that anniversary. But the commercial side of Christmas gets an earlier start each season and those survivors are much harder to find. It was 67 years ago and even a 17-year-old serviceman would be 84 by now – and they had to first live through World War II.