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Today's Opinions

  • Measuring the political weight of unused scales and other bad ideas

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    Those easily angered should probably skip this column and read the one on the faith page.

    From the president’s unilateral action on immigration to state fuel taxes and something so pedestrian as a set of scales, one can’t help but wonder how the people we elect get away certain things while we sit back and simply keep paying the bills.

    First the scales, for which the fiscal court used $62,000 of your money to purchase but as of Friday aren’t being used.

  • Cosby: trial by social media

    By Shelley Spillman

    News Editor

    The legal system standard is for alleged criminals to face a trial by judge or jury, but in this digital world it’s often a trial of public opinion via social media long before the criminal trial ever occurs.

  • Cartoon: Sharpton's taxes
  • Brough a good hire for tourism, but …

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    It’s encouraging to see the tourism commission actually making some headway by hiring a paid executive director who will, ostensibly, make sure tourism is paid something aside from lip service.

    Pam Brough was hired for that job, which is similar to the one she already has as president of the chamber of commerce. She is obviously a solid choice for the position, but her selection does give one reason to pause.

  • Cartoon: Michelle for Senate
  • Election night shatters pomposity, Democrats

    Column as I see ’em …

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    It’s fairly rare that I’m at a loss for words.

    Driving home Tuesday night after watching the local Democrat party suffer what has to be the worst defeat in its history (I’d soon learn that the rest of America’s Democrats did roughly the same), I can’t say I was shocked over who won here, but the margins were stunning.

  • A moment in the midst of real greatness

    I was in the midst of greatness last month. There is no question about that.

    Sports writing pays my bills and over the years I have been in venues ranging from quirky old high school gyms to locker rooms in the National Footall League and Major League Baseball.

    I have talked with the latest hot shot high school player all the way up to Hall of Famers.

    I’ve even gotten some chances to interview entertainers, politicians and business people. I’ve talked with those content to make a name locally and those who are known around the world.

  • 11-12 We Won political cartoon