Archives for Opinion

Time to rethink our gun laws

It is time to reconsider how we sell, market and license guns in this country. I say this as a lifelong hunter, longtime member (until recently) of the National Rifle Association and owner of enough guns to arm a revolution in a small country. Like it or not, guns have become a way to settle grudges, achieve notoriety, advance causes and express one's self in our violence-prone society.
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Bush’s boys on the hot seat

Two architects of the Bush administration's dismantling of the Constitution and this nation's immersion into an ill-conceived war based on lies find themselves on the hot seat this week - one for memory lapses and the other for letting his Johnson overcome his judgment.
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Mourning in America

A Virginia State Trooper walked out of Norris Hall at Virginia Tech Monday and doubled over, puking out his breakfast. A brisk wind, gusting at times to 50 miles per hour, blew parts of the retch back onto his otherwise spotless blue and grey uniform.


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The hate stops here

Unfortunately, removing Don Imus from the radio and television broadcast airways will not remove the hate, racism, sexism and homophobia that defines America.

It will not stop those who spew such hate from finding new ways to distribute it or rationalize it.


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This is still our country

In 1981, I took a break from journalism to work as press secretary to then Illinois Congressman Paul Findley. I wanted to spend a few years learning how government worked from the inside. It didn't take long to destroy the few illusions I held about government "of the people, for the people and by the people."
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Imus in the mourning

In February 1999 Washington shock jock Doug Tracht brought his radio career crashing down when he commented about a song by black singer Lauryn Hill by saying "no wonder they drag them behind trucks," a reference to the brutal murder of James Byrd by two white supremacists who killed the black man by dragging him behind a pickup. Within 48 hours, Tracht - known as The Greaseman - found himself off the air, fired from endorsement gigs and an relieved of his duties as a voluntary deputy sheriff in Falls Church, VA.
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Missing the ‘real’ war story

According to Arizona Senator John McCain, life in Baghdad is pretty safe these days - so safe, he says, that he walked freely in an open air market without any fear for his safety.

On his "safe" walk through the Shorja market where 137 Iraqis died from a truck bomb in February, hundreds of combat-ready American soldiers surrounded McCain and his party while Blackhawk helicopters provided air cover. The Senator, and others, wore flak vests.


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Time to reclaim our birthright

There are three sides to every story. My side, your side, and the truth. And no one is lying.
--Robert Evans


Politicians - those we elect to office and those we throw out of office - expend a lot of rhetoric on what it means to be an American.

So do pundits - this reporter included.

But I wonder in all this heated debate over Americanism, patriotism, totalitarianism, socialism and whatever-else-ism if we haven't forgot that America was founded by people from diverse cultures with diverse opinions and differing viewpoints.


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