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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Roundup, Newspaper opinions from around the nation - Jan. 25, 2013

    Los Angeles Times on the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade (Jan. 22) —  Forty years ago Jan. 22, the Supreme Court ruled that women had a constitutional right to an abortion. This one sweeping decision transformed abortion from what was often a secret, illicit and dangerous act, sometimes crudely self-inflicted, into a generally legal and safe procedure. But it also turned abortion, always an emotional issue, into one of society’s most divisive.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 23, 2013
  • Aggressive second term

    It may have been his inaugural address, but President Obama essentially gave a civil rights speech on Monday. And why not? It was also an official federal holiday to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the greatest civil rights leaders in American history, so why not seize the moment?

    But it was more than the holiday that Obama decided to seize on Monday, it was the opportunity to lay down the gauntlet on a new term in office.

  • Work of Art - Might-have, could-have factor

    Que dira la gente? What will people say? I believe my late mother, Marie, went to bed each night with that question in mind, ready to use on any or all us five Trujillo children, some six decades ago.

    But to try to penetrate Mom’s thought processes necessitates a bit of background, Pay-It-Forward style. Remember the recent movie in which good deeds were paid before they became due? People were encouraged to engage in some act of kindness in the hopes it would soon bear fruit and benefit others.

  • A man of peace

    On this holiday in which we remember a man who gave his life for “a more perfect union,” we should also remember how he acted. He was a man who lived in violent times, yet his response was peaceful.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 21, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Sanity still rules

    Lately it seems that reason has taken a back seat to the crazies out there. But, fortunately, that’s not true.

  • The amendments comparison

    Regarding (Tom McDonald’s) “Free Speech and Gun Rights” (column): A couple of comments on your comparison of the First Amendment to the Second Amendment:

    The “limitations” you mention on free speech (falsely yelling “fire” in a crowded theater and defamation) both are declarations of the fact that the First Amendment does not protect false statements. These limitations are not what we might call substantive.