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Today's Opinions

  • Future shock arrives too early

    Many moons ago, I took a sociology class as a student at Western Kentucky University. I don't remember a lot from that class, but I do remember a discussion on culture shock and future shock.

    Culture shock occurs when someone finds themselves in a different culture, and the differences between what a person knows and understands and the new culture becomes disorienting to that person.

  • Future shock arrives too early

    Many moons ago, I took a sociology class as a student at Western Kentucky University. I don't remember a lot from that class, but I do remember a discussion on culture shock and future shock.

    Culture shock occurs when someone finds themselves in a different culture, and the differences between what a person knows and understands and the new culture becomes disorienting to that person.

  • Letters to the editor, Aug. 8, 2012

    Ban assault weapons

    Days of prayer and reflection are appropriately called for by President Obama after the massacre in Aurora, Colo.

    This was a welcome first step. But it is only the first step.

    Moral, responsible, principled leadership that addresses the ongoing slaughter of people around the United States is long past due. 

  • Letters to the editor, Aug. 8, 2012

    Ban assault weapons

    Days of prayer and reflection are appropriately called for by President Obama after the massacre in Aurora, Colo.

    This was a welcome first step. But it is only the first step.

    Moral, responsible, principled leadership that addresses the ongoing slaughter of people around the United States is long past due. 

  • Always Faithful

    William "Buster" Mattingly is not a man who brags about what he has done, but as we have learned, what he has done is worth talking about.
    Mattingly entered the Marines Corps in 1944, just a few years after President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order requiring the military to allow anyone to serve regardless of race. That order may have opened the doors for African-Americans, but it did not end the attitudes that had kept many of them out of the service.
    Nevertheless, Mattingly enlisted, and he was sent to Camp Lejeune, N.C. - well, almost.

  • Always Faithful

    William "Buster" Mattingly is not a man who brags about what he has done, but as we have learned, what he has done is worth talking about.
    Mattingly entered the Marines Corps in 1944, just a few years after President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order requiring the military to allow anyone to serve regardless of race. That order may have opened the doors for African-Americans, but it did not end the attitudes that had kept many of them out of the service.
    Nevertheless, Mattingly enlisted, and he was sent to Camp Lejeune, N.C. - well, almost.

  • Letter: Appropriate punishment

    I oppose the death penalty for Aurora shooter James Holmes (and all murderers) -- it's too damn good! But so are prisons' libraries and weight rooms. Make him repay society via:
    1.) Work: sort garbage for recycling, dig ditches for America's infrastructure, pick crops for America's farmers;
    2.) Tests: new drugs, treatments, surgical techniques, food additives (eliminate animal tests, PETA!);
    3.) Donations: blood weekly, spinal fluid and marrow monthly, half his liver annually (it grows back), one kidney/lung/eye, etc.

  • Letter: Appropriate punishment

    I oppose the death penalty for Aurora shooter James Holmes (and all murderers) -- it's too damn good! But so are prisons' libraries and weight rooms. Make him repay society via:
    1.) Work: sort garbage for recycling, dig ditches for America's infrastructure, pick crops for America's farmers;
    2.) Tests: new drugs, treatments, surgical techniques, food additives (eliminate animal tests, PETA!);
    3.) Donations: blood weekly, spinal fluid and marrow monthly, half his liver annually (it grows back), one kidney/lung/eye, etc.