Category Archives: Opinion

Column: An independence day for Britain?

Leaders of the campaign to end Britain’s membership in the European Union hope that next month’s referendum will make June 23, 2016, a date as luminous in modern British history as May 3, 1979, when voters made Margaret Thatcher prime minister. Michael Gove, secretary of justice and leader of the campaign for Brexit — Britain’s withdrawal… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Local cancer support

A cancer diagnosis raises all kinds of challenges and concerns. Fortunately, there is help available through several local and national resources to help one through all aspects of their cancer journey. A support group offers a caring and compassionate environment for those affected by cancer, whether it is a patient, caregiver or loved one. While friends… Continue Reading

The arrow of history

How do you distinguish a foreign policy “idealist” from a “realist,” an optimist from a pessimist? Ask one question: Do you believe in the arrow of history? Or to put it another way, do you think history is cyclical or directional? Are we condemned to do the same damn thing over and over, generation after… Continue Reading

Paul Ryan’s soap opera with Donald Trump

On Tuesday night, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump disparaged New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, probably the most prominent Hispanic Republican officeholder in America, saying at a rally in Albuquerque that she has a bad record and “she’s got to do a better job.” At the same rally, where windows were smashed and Trump and… Continue Reading

Britain at the crossroads

Sixty-five years ago, what has become the European Union was an embryo conceived in fear. It has been stealthily advanced from an economic to a political project, and it remains enveloped in a watery utopianism even as it becomes more dystopian. The EU’s economic stagnation — in some of the 28 member nations, youth unemployment… Continue Reading

Salute vs china; recognizing vets

It has come to my attention that a part of our community’s ceremony that recognizes our veterans both past and present has been cancelled due to the complaint (aka: whim) of one individual. One individual. Every year Kearny’s Frontier Regulars volunteer their cast, time and artillery piece(s) to recognize our lost veterans. They fire their… Continue Reading

The GOP’s lost hope for scandal

Everything Rep. Darrell Issa knows about impeachment he learned from Wikipedia. At Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing to consider the impeachment of Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, Issa, the California Republican and dogged investigator of the Obama administration, confessed he was relying on an open-source website. “You and I are not lawyers,” Issa told… Continue Reading

Rogers, Williams, Mars Ag Center

How about Darren Rogers! Wow! The Sheridan engineer summits Everest. Rarified air indeed. •••••• If you like sports anecdotes and local history, there was a gem in sport editor Michael Pruden’s column a week ago Wednesday when he profiled Barb Williams. She has had a 57-year connection with Sheridan College, including being a member of… Continue Reading

Let’s end DISH access embargo

Re: Petition, new FCC ruling Some Sheridan County residents are being denied television access to national Denver network coverage, especially those channels that carry Broncos, Rockies, Nuggets and Avalanche telecasts. Sheridan County has invested considerable resources in promoting our new Denver Connection airline service. What’s the point if Sheridan County travelers can’t see the benefits… Continue Reading

A trump too far?

If Donald Trump prefers combatants who aren’t captured, as he once mocked John McCain, he apparently doesn’t believe in taking prisoners, either. The exception to the rule is obviously truth. But then, veracity is no hindrance to the conspiracy-minded. Now, Trump points out he didn’t say this “because I don’t think it’s fair,” but lots… Continue Reading

Fitting in fitness

Schedules are packed. Responsibilities are seemingly endless. Life gets crazy. You may ask yourself this same question or a version like it on a daily basis: How can I possibly squeeze in one more ‘to do’ during the day? It is easy to become overwhelmed with the incessant demands people face every day. Whether a… Continue Reading

Lanka sculptures; Warriner farewells

Sheridan Salvation Army Capt. Don Warriner stopped in last week to say that he and his wife, Capt. Kim Warriner, also of the SA, have been transferred to a similar posting in Ogden, Utah. The Warriners have been in Sheridan for three-plus years and have done good work to expand its ministry. They’ve gotten involved… Continue Reading

Bernie Sanders, the youth vote

Re: Leftist agenda The support that self-identified socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is receiving from young people in the Democratic Party primaries is disturbing. He is winning some 70 percent of the vote of people under 40 and many folks are struggling to understand how this is possible. As a retired teacher with a post-graduate degree… Continue Reading

What tax tricks doesn’t Trump want us to see?

A generation after Ronald Reagan denounced the “welfare queen,” the Grand Old Party is evidently on the verge of nominating its first welfare king. Four years ago last week, the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, famously wrote off the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes. Romney, secretly recorded at a fundraiser,… Continue Reading

Election disaffection

On rare occasions, Americans coalesce around a common cause, usually following some calamity — a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or, say, during a presidential election. Take today. Or rather, take the past several months during which Americans have begun to face the likely probability that they’ll elect a president they don’t much like. Polls… Continue Reading

The inaugural address we won’t hear, but should

The mere possibility of a Donald Trump presidency — gold-plated faucets in the house first occupied by John and Abigail Adams — will perhaps have a salutary effect. It might demystify an office that has become now swollen with inappropriate powers and swaddled in a pretentiousness discordant with a republic’s ethic of simplicity. This wholesome… Continue Reading

Food tax idea should be buried in unmarked grave

Re: Stupid, evil, dumb, redundant, tumor-like Re-impose the food tax? Absolutely not! That would be like letting the doctor re-insert the tumor he removed. Once we rid ourselves of a tax, especially one as evil as the food tax, we should never allow it to be re-inflicted. Taxing a basic necessity is about as dumb… Continue Reading

Books, notes, quotes, anecdotes

Recommended reading……. • Baby Boomers — the generation born in the years between 1946 and 1964 — are as a group beginning to “wrap it up” in earnest. Life, that is. Author and columnist Michael Kinsley, 65, cheerfully and poignantly captures the ethos of aging in “Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide.” He addresses friendships, family… Continue Reading

Donald, Hillary and the Bernie factor

Among the abundant ironies of this election cycle, there is this: We are now in the eighth year of the most liberal administration since Lyndon Johnson’s. The primary elections reveal a national mood of anxiety, apprehension and anger, in turn reflecting stagnation at home and failure abroad. Two-thirds of Americans think the country is on… Continue Reading

Constitutional republic, or banana republic?

Re: Obama, school bathrooms, public housing, Iran, media It wasn’t enough that the current president trampled on the Constitution by issuing his infamous executive order on immigration. In (ab)using his “prosecutorial discretion,” President Obama has released tens of thousands of criminal aliens back into American society, many of whom have gone on to commit violent crimes… Continue Reading

Theater Festival, baseball, golf

Recently, I shared a table with one of the recipients of the Sheridan Salvation Army’s Good Samaritan awards, Dave Engels, one of the principle engineers of Entech. We were talking about how good the local air service has become. He related the story about the time, years ago, that he and Catherine Engels, “walked home… Continue Reading

‘Amoral idiots’ run the country

Re: Obama, liberals If the President can blackmail schools into instituting free-for-all toilets and shower facilities while at the same time endorsing politically correct madness over hugging or touching a child that might be considered “inappropriate,” then you are living in a country founded by geniuses, but run by idiots. If you have to have… Continue Reading

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