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Today's Opinions

  • 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
  • The real reason tourism here stinks

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    Most of you will be happy to have this election over with if for no other reason than to stop hearing Mitch and Alison berate each other a thousand times a day.

    Me? I can finally stop listening to local politicians tell us what they will do to fix our tourism dilemma.

  • A deal almost too good to be true

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    I can’t help but marvel at the unbelievably good deal the group that sold the industrial park property to the EDA received — a deal that is certain to get even sweeter over time.

    I have all the documents on how the deal went down and even I can barely believe it!