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Today's Opinions

  • Maneuvering into and out of storms

    Just a Thought, by Rick Kraft

    We are always in one of three spots in our lives: moving into a storm, in the middle of a storm, or moving out of a storm.

    Bottom line, storms happen to each one of us. They come with living life.

    Accept this fact. Some storms are bigger than others. The storms we encounter may arise from our immediate family such as our relationship with our spouse or children. They may arise from our extended family such as our parents, grandparents, or in-laws.

  • All rise —or not — for the United States of Football

    By Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University’s School of Journalism.

    Once again, we’ve got a lot going on in my hometown of Cleveland that’s attracting national attention. Even as I write on this Wednesday afternoon, the background noise of my television is making me dare to believe that our baseball team is about to make American League history by winning its 21st consecutive game.

    Shh. I just typed that in a whisper.

  • Letters to the editor, Sept. 24, 2017

    Accidental success

    I need to say something about Brock Long, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Donald Trump, who has been deliberately appointing cabinet secretaries and top officials who are grossly unqualified for their positions and/or philosophically opposed to the missions of the departments over which they hold sway, accidentally appointed someone extremely qualified and dedicated to his mission.

  • Living through the unthinkables

    We think we know where we’re going. But do we, really?

    The world has changed a lot in our lifetimes, and I’m not just talking to the old fogies out there. A lot of unthinkable things have happened, and they linger in the news and in our lives — often as unexplainable events.

    For example, violence has taken some incredible turns in recent years. When I was a kid, there were occasional reports of airplanes hijacked by desperate criminals or revolutionaries with political agendas.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 22, 2017

    GET LICENSED OR GET OUT

    Roofers who won’t provide estimates — or who skimp on time, materials or follow-up plans, who aren’t properly credentialed or who aggressively and mysteriously solicit work — aren’t welcome here.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

  • Executing ‘The J.D. Slam’

     Work of Art

    A simple act of closing a car door inspired this column. Even I find it hard to have so many memories conjured up from this basic action.

    Let me explain: Cars built this century generally have door-closing mechanisms that require only the slightest bit of energy to assure a tight seal. Cars built last century ­ ­— and that covers a wide span — often failed to close completely on the first try.

  • Needing an enemy

    By Mark Shields, political analyst and commentator for the PBS NewsHour since 1988.

    Eric Hoffer, a San Francisco longshoreman and philosopher who died in 1983, the year President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, could have been analyzing contemporary American politics when he wrote, some 66 years ago, that “mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil.”