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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the editor 09-30-2011

    It’s not my fault
    President Obama stands there in public and cries about how tough the job is and how his predecessor left him with such a mess.
    I remember another President in my lifetime who inherited a mess.
    On January, 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan beame the new President. He never wasted time blaming his predecessor for the problems he inherited. That’s because he was too busy solving them! And, those problems were many and quite serious.

  • A large domestic challenge finds a champion

    Every White House administration likes to have its First Lady dedicated to a significant domestic cause. Mrs. Obama began gradually in 2009 by turning over some expensive grass and planting a victory garden in the White House back yard. At the time it was unclear whether her cause would be nutrition or farming.
    A concern arose when it was discovered that the first crop from Obama Acres might not be wholesome.

  • 50 years after graduation, a lot of new words are in our vocabulary

    Last week, while on vacation, I had given thought to going to my high school’s 50th class reunion for the Class of 1961.
    Where most schools have the ceremony in the fall of what would have been your senior year, Bergen Catholic does it three months after the 50th anniversary of the actual graduation day in June 1961.
    I don’t travel as well as I used to, so I dutifully filled out the questionnaire but didn’t make the trip.

  • Letters to the editor 09-16-2011

    Munroe is ‘our hospital’
    It’s about time we started thinking about MRMC as the asset to Marion County that it is and always will be. If we don’t, we’ll have another for-profit-hospital in our midst and that would be a disaster. One has to be careful with for-profit hospitals.
    My wife was to have surgery at our for-profit hospital and asked for certain services normally found at MRMC and she was turned down and we had to go elsewhere.

  • Is there a double dip in our future?

    To recapture the White House in 2012, Republicans will have to defeat the most clever U.S. politician since Bill Clinton, who managed to get re-elected in 1996 despite scandals, investigations, and persistent political sniping. Like movies, political campaigns attract fans with hoopla and charisma.
    Last week, in his seventh call for an attack on unemployment since entering the White House in 2008, President Obama made an invigorating re-election campaign speech about jobs and economic recovery to a national audience.

  • Baseball strikes out

    One of the most moving ceremonies this past weekend remembering the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was the pregame event at Citi Field in New York before the Major League Baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. ESPN did a great job covering all aspects of the remembrance.
    A group called Tuesday’s Children, made up of youngsters who lost a parent on 9/11, took part, with each player taking the hand of a child as they came out on the field, and other children displaying a huge American flag in the outfield.

  • And the band played on ... we hope

    When I was a young sportswriter, I used to cover high school football games, and barely noticed the band. They were just something to listen to during halftime while I added up my first-half statistics.
    Then something funny happened. I became a band parent … for 12 straight years.
    No, it wasn’t one child who had trouble getting out of high school. I had three sons, four years apart, who were all band members, so when one graduated, there was another to take his place.

  • Letters to the editor 09-09-2011

    Marriage: What is it?
    What should it be?
    That which we call marriage has been around for as long as man has formed community. According to the American Heritage Dictionary the obsolete definition is “the formal declaration or contract by which act a man and a woman join in wedlock.” The more recent definition is stated as “the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.” This is where the contradiction occurs.