Columns/Opinions

Tue
14
Mar

Married to a Stranger

By Morgan Tampley Smith

Could you imagine being married to someone you didn’t know? Not because you hadn’t gotten to know them, but because they were literally not who you thought they were. It sounds like something from a novel or a TV episode, but it was truth for Blake Ruff.

“On Christmas Eve 2010, the body of 42-year-old Lori Erica Ruff was found in a car parked outside the Ruff family home in Longview, Texas. She had ended her life with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Lori’s husband, Blake Ruff, was devastated. In the days following the death, he began the grim task of sorting through his wife’s possessions. Included among the items was a sealed lockbox buried deep in Lori’s closet.

 

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Tue
14
Mar

Citizens want open government

By Sammy J. Franklin

We are in the midst of Sunshine Week – a time when corporate and individual members of news organizations remind the public of the vital role they play in gathering and presenting information about the operations of local, state and federal governments and their various agencies – operations that, in one way or another, affect the lives of all of us.

However, Sunshine Week is not strictly about journalists, although we can rightly say we often are the line between knowing and not knowing what one’s government is doing.

 

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Mon
06
Mar

Town Hall mob explodes at the name of ‘Jesus’

By Todd Starnes

A group of enraged protesters exploded in anger after a chaplain prayed in the name of Jesus at a town hall meeting in Louisiana hosted by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy.

The verbally-abusive crowd also heckled a Vietnam War veteran who attempted to lead the group in the pledge of allegiance.

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Mon
06
Mar

Heart check may have saved my life

By Sammy J. Franklin

Do you recognize the title of this column? It is the title of my column, which appeared in the March 11, 2009 issue of the paper. Friday, March 10th, will be the eighth anniversary of my open-heart surgery.

In recognition of American Heart Month, which just ended, and in hopes it may help convince others they need to be checked, I wanted to take time to review the events that led up to me having open-heart surgery eight years ago.

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Mon
27
Feb

Fixing health care

By Bruce Bialosky

Twenty million. That is the number foisted upon us by the Obama administration and all of its believers as to how many people got health insurance because of his signature health care program and how many will lose it if the evil Republicans tinker with the program; i.e., “repeal and replace.” Have you ever seen the figures behind that 20 million number? No you have not because it is a phantom number. Like the 97% of scientists believing in global warming – sorry, climate change. Or that the day of the Super Bowl has the highest number of domestic violence incidences. The Left repeats things often enough, echoed by the compliant media, that they begin to believe their own lies.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA aka Obamacare) brought a sledgehammer to something they should have brought a ballpeen hammer to fix.

Mon
27
Feb

For fun: homographs and heteronyms

By Sammy J. Franklin

Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.

You think English is easy? I think a retired English teacher was bored... this is great!

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Mon
13
Feb

Moral supremacy

By Pat Buchanan

Is Donald Trump to be allowed to craft a foreign policy based on the ideas on which he ran and won the presidency in 2016?

Our foreign policy elite’s answer appears to be a thunderous no.

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Mon
13
Feb

Couldn’t get use to all that snow

By Sammy J. Franklin

Bonita and I spent a few days in early February visiting our son and family – Charlie, Marissa, Judah and Jane - in Bayfield, Colorado, located just east of Durango.

As we were flying into Durango, you could see the landscape covered with snow. When we were on the ground and headed to their home, we found out the snow covered everything except the highways, streets and sidewalks.

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Mon
06
Feb

The media don’t get it

By Derek Hunter

In 1968, if you’d railed endlessly about how the United States would never, ever send men to the moon, you would’ve had some crow to eat the following year.

If you made your declarations not in your local pub, but on television and in the newspaper, and if you had bolstered your claim with credentials in the sciences, you’d be having a Thanksgiving dinner’s worth of crow to consume.

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Mon
06
Feb

Many benefits from owning a pet

By Sammy J. Franklin

There has been a pet dog in my life for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, we always had one or two dogs. Although they were always good hunting dogs, they were pets at the same time.

The first dog I remember being really close to was a collie named “Ole Red”. She was a good squirrel dog, but as a lad growing up in the country, she became my constant companion.

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