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Today's Opinions

  • Trump is not Hitler

    This editorial was recently published in the Northwest Florida Daily News.

    Donald Trump is a lot of things, but he’s not Adolf Hitler.

    While perusing social media for news tips on a daily basis, we see a lot of nonsensical things. Many of them are political in nature. Most recently, photos of Adolf Hitler beside President Trump have caught our attention.

    “Fascism has come to America!” one meme proclaims.

    “Heil Trump!” blasts another one, referencing the Nazi salute “Heil Hitler!”

  • Work of Art: Lemonade stand creates juicy news

    A friend, Luke Phillips, who used to work in the composing room at the Optic, when it was on Lincoln Avenue, dropped a note recently, in which he explained that the city council session he covers in a California town had been meeting for three hours and had yet to finish Item #1 on the agenda.

    Ah, the glamour people in the news business can experience amounts to pure splendor!

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 14, 2017
  • Fracking a tough choice in Maryland

    This editorial was published by Capital News Service on June 2.

    Allegany and Garrett, Maryland’s two westernmost counties, tend to be lumped together as “Mountain Maryland,” their problems similar, their prospects equally muddled.

    But the two counties’ economic issues — and their approaches to solving them — differ starkly.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 11, 2017
  • Just a Thought: Ten things you will someday regret

    By Rick Kraft

    What is your biggest regret?  If you could go back and do it all over again, what would you change?

    The word “regret” is defined in Merriam-Webster dictionary as “sorrow aroused by circumstances beyond one’s control of power or repair.” The key elements in this definition are “sorrow” and “beyond one’s control.”

  • Babbling Brooks - Plenty of room for two farmers markets

    This editorial was published by Capital News Service on June 2.

    Allegany and Garrett, Maryland’s two westernmost counties, tend to be lumped together as “Mountain Maryland,” their problems similar, their prospects equally muddled.

    But the two counties’ economic issues — and their approaches to solving them — differ starkly.

  • Letters to the Editor - June 11, 2017

    Introducing himself
    I’m Peter DeBenedittis, Ph.D. I’m running for governor of New Mexico. I’m a Progressive Democrat who has lived in Santa Fe since 1995. I’ve spent the last 20 years teaching youth alcohol prevention at schools across New Mexico. For the past 2-1/2 years I’ve has volunteered as director of Alcohol Taxes Save Lives & Money.