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Today's Opinions

  • A ‘Culture of Death’

    “Cognitive dissonance” is a psychological expression that describes the stress we feel when we hold conflicting beliefs or values. The current consternation about gun deaths is an example of societal dissonance. On one hand, many are justifiably outraged about gun deaths, but on the other, the leading cause of death is ignored.

    In 2011, 828,000 lives were terminated at Planned Parenthood and like “clinics.” The next leading cause of death was heart disease, at 596,000. And, gun deaths numbered 32,000.  

  • Faulty reasoning to sell beer at games

    I am writing in reference to the Feb. 13 article about selling beer at professional baseball games. Actually, I am writing to express my astonishment at the attempted justification of said beer sales by our local governmental officials.

  • Editorial Roundup, Newspaper opinions from around the nation - Feb. 15, 2013

    Excerpts from around the nation

    The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn. (Feb. 11) — Congress likes to impose draconian consequences — the fiscal cliff, sequestration, national default — on itself, and unfortunately on the rest of us as well, for failing to do what it’s supposed to do.

  • Saturdays should stay

    The U.S. Postal Service’s decision to stop Saturday delivery mail — except for packages and to post office boxes — may sound practical, even necessary, but it’s not. Sure, the Postal Service has been facing some tough times, but what’s needed is a change of policy rather than a cut in services.

    Last week, USPS announced that it’s planning to cut back to weekday deliveries only to save money. “Our financial condition is urgent,” Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe told The Associated Press. “Things change.”

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 13, 2013
  • Work of Art - Why not just converse?

    The guy is either contemplating his navel (isn’t that the expression people used decades ago, for doing something pointless?) or he’s texting while driving. His head bobs to check the color of the traffic light, and sometimes he relies on a honk from the car behind him to decide when to proceed.

    That’s become a common occurrence. Some state organizations have even created a public service ad that urges people to sign a pledge in which they promise to W8-2text.

  • The latest outrage

    The nearly four-year-old Clayton Jay Quintana case has been, for many, one outrage after another. The latest is that even though he’s a convicted sex offender, and has to register as one, the law exempts him from having his name, photo and other information on the state’s sex offender website.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 11, 2013