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Today's Opinions

  • Houston, we all have a problem; a huge one

    If ever there was a time to convert to science, this is the moment.

    Hurricane Harvey and the incredible flooding it caused should be reason enough to start believing that global warming is more than a Chinese hoax, as President Trump has said. Like it or not, we had best get ready for a future filled with extreme weather.

  • Editorial Cartoon — Sept. 8, 2017

    Editorial Cartoon — Sept. 8, 2017

  • Monument removal requires order

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Northwest Florida Daily News.

    The recent violent conflict in Charlottesville, Va. has reignited an old, ongoing debate: How appropriate are public displays that commemorate the Confederacy?

    Some have attempted to answer the question in a most inappropriate way: by taking matters into their own hands -- tearing down statues and defacing monuments. That’s vandalism and mob rule.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 6, 2017
  • Work of Art: ‘Don’t ask us any questions’

    A half dozen of us sat nervously in the advanced English classroom of  Mrs. Ruth Shafer, a veteran teacher who, many had heard, ran her students through the paces.

    Mrs. Shafer, wherever she is would probably fault me for using such a cliché (“through the paces”), but even as I write this, I think back more than five decades to the favorable impressions she left on us.
    Let me explain:

  • We’re obsessed with science — sometimes

    Science teachers and college professors everywhere might have been delighted to see how much American interest there was in the recent solar eclipse. Between class involvement, travel of great distances to get to the best viewing spots and widespread dialogue about proper eye protection, the desire to experience and learn from a natural phenomenon is encouraging.

    However, if, during upcoming budget cycles and hearings or conferences, it would be great if many not directly in the science world would stick up for its importance.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 3, 2017
  • Just a thought - Don’t kick the can down the road; pick it up

    By Rick Kraft

    If there is a better version of yourself in your mind, why not become that better version?

    Become today who you intend to be tomorrow. Why not?

    If I asked you to close your eyes and imagine the person you would like to become in a month, three months, or six months ... whom would you visualize? Do you see a thinner you? A happily married person? A person with less financial stress? You on a beach vacation?

    Who do you plan to become?