Category Archives: Opinion

Column: The sensitivity police strike again

The word “inappropriate” is increasingly used inappropriately. It is useful to describe departures from good manners or other social norms, such as wearing white after Labor Day or using the salad fork with the entree. But the adjective has become a splatter of verbal fudge, a weasel word falsely suggesting measured seriousness. Its misty imprecision… Continue Reading

Letter: “Left” media continues support of “the cause”

“Left” media  continues support of “the cause” Re: Robinson column, Press, Nov. 30 The American left has a long infatuation with communism and its heroes. New York Times reporter Herbert Matthews wrote in 1959 that Fidel Castro was an eloquent young man with “strong ideas of liberty, democracy, and social justice.” Seems the more things change, the… Continue Reading

Column: Trump’s demagogic illogic

On the first stop of his “thank you” tour in Ohio Thursday, president-elect Donald Trump hit replay on several of his campaign tropes. Among the crowd pleasers, he heckled the “crooked media,” prompting boos from the audience, and reiterated his pledge to criminalize flag burning. And he’s not even president yet. More than a month… Continue Reading

Worthwhile traditions

Thanksgiving topped the list of holidays in my family growing up. We always gathered for food and football, mindless television, board games and other fun. The November holiday comes with volume — too much food, too much wine, too much noise. At times, even, there seems to be way too much family. While that holiday… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Rest, relax, recover

There’s no arguing — exercise results in both short-term and long-term adaptations. However, the point at which those changes take place is often misunderstood. Is it during the workout experience or after the exertion is over?  Logically, it might make sense to assume that the real work — the work it takes to make a… Continue Reading

McIntyre book; ‘Auntie’ passes

McIntyre book;  ‘Auntie’ passes

Sheridan author Tom McIntyre has spent parts of 40 years in Africa. His first story appearing in print in 1975. “It’s taken a lifetime to absorb Africa,” he says. His new book, “Augusts in Africa: Safaris Into the Twilight,” is a collection of essays, all of them quite personal. It’s good. McIntyre, who is also… Continue Reading

Leave Sheridan more natural

Re: Parks master plan I am a frequent walker on the paved path that runs behind the Kendrick Mansion, from Pioneer Street to where the trail splits and goes down the hill into Kendrick Park. The area to the immediate south of the trail is very steep and heavily wooded with trees and brush. Not… Continue Reading

Trump should support the Cuba deal

At long last, Fidel Castro is dead. Now the oppressive system he installed in Cuba can wither and die, too — unless Donald Trump reverts to Cold War policies and gives Cuba’s failing dictatorship new life. It is tempting to see Castro’s death as little more than a formality. After all, his brother Raul has… Continue Reading

Stick a sterling silver fork in Trump’s ‘populism’

Let them eat cake. Specifically, let them eat Jean-Georges Warm Chocolate Cake. But let them start with Young Garlic Soup with Thyme and Sauteed Frog Legs. Let them follow that with Diver Scallops, Caramelized Cauliflower and Caper-Raisin Emulsion. And let them proceed to Niman Ranch Lamb Chops with Mushroom Bolognese and Pecorino, as well as… Continue Reading

Cuban potential, beauty, frustration

Re: Fidel Castro’s death The late singer John Stewart wrote, in “Waiting for Castro to Die,” “Is there a solution to, to the old man’s party line?/Oh, the revolution came and it had its time.” Well, that was composed 13 years ago, and El Comandante easily outlived Stewart, and a more than fair share of… Continue Reading

No tears for Fidel: History’s judgment of dictator

Sometimes history doesn’t have to wait to judge — and when it comes to dictators, even dead ones, we shouldn’t either. With news of Fidel Castro’s death Friday — finalmente — world leaders began offering eulogies, some of which were so vapid or willfully ignorant that Castro might have written them himself. It would appear… Continue Reading

Fidel Castro and dead utopianism

With the end of Fidel Castro’s nasty life Friday, we can hope, if not reasonably expect, to have seen the last of charismatic totalitarians worshiped by political pilgrims from open societies. Experience suggests there will always be tyranny tourists in flight from what they consider the boring banality of bourgeois society and eager for the… Continue Reading

Trump’s hypocrisy is good for America

As Donald Trump’s campaign promises have been dunked in reality’s strong solvent, many have been transformed in one way or another — modified, moderated, qualified, abandoned or pushed off into the distant future. Not a wall across the whole southern border. Not every part of Obamacare repealed. Not all illegal immigrants deported, at least in… Continue Reading

Lessons from the road

More than a week ago, my husband and I started on an adventure across the country.  In August, my grandmother died. My family opted for a small family ceremony to celebrate her life. So, eight of us gathered on the coast at Cannon Beach, Ore., for a few days. It would have been easy to… Continue Reading

Heath Watch: Social health and well-being at its best

Developing rewarding interpersonal relationships is fundamental to enhancing health and well-being. “Social wellness refers to one’s ability to interact with people around them. It involves using good communications skills, having meaningful relationships, respecting yourself and others, and creating a support system that includes family members and friends.” ( A level of emotional involvement (i.e., intimacy)… Continue Reading

The boondoggle of infrastructure spending

History has a sly sense of humor. It caused an epiphany regarding infrastructure projects — roads, harbors, airports, etc. — to occur on a bridge over Boston’s Charles River, hard by Harvard Yard, where rarely is heard a discouraging word about government. Last spring, Larry Summers, former treasury secretary and Harvard president, was mired in… Continue Reading

Letter: Remember Pearl Harbor attack always

The governor of the great state of Wyoming, Matthew H. Mead, has proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It is earnestly recommended by the few remaining veterans in Wyoming of the attack on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941 that we honor the many heroes that fell that day at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,… Continue Reading

Chamber Stroll; Brinton ‘Dimensions’

Tonight is the night! The holiday stroll in downtown Sheridan, beginning at 4 p.m. Thousands of “Chamber Bucks” will be given away.  Tomorrow, it’s Small Business Saturday. Shop Sheridan!   ••••••   Must say, Aretha Franklin won the “time of possession” award for Thursday’s National Anthem before the Minnesota-Detroit game. Said one smart aleck, when… Continue Reading

For Democrats, the road back

One of the more salutary outcomes of the recent election is that Democrats are finally beginning to question the wisdom of basing their fortunes on identity politics. Having counted on the allegiance of African-Americans, Hispanics, gays, unmarried women and the young — and winning the popular vote all but once since 1992 — they were… Continue Reading

Gollings program coming next week

Thanks for reading today’s Sheridan Press, our Thanksgiving/Black Friday edition. It’s the largest newspaper we published this year based on page count, distribution, special sections, “wraps” and marketing inserts. Enjoy!   ••••••   Certainly worth the time…… Tyson Emborg will present a lecture on the life and times of E. William Gollings come Nov. 30… Continue Reading

Be thankful you have something to grumble at

“Oh, don’t the days seem lank and long When all goes right and nothing goes wrong, And isn’t your life extremely flat With nothing whatever to grumble at!” — Gilbert and Sullivan  At this shank end of a shabby year, Americans still can be thankful: They do not have the problem of nothing to grumble… Continue Reading

Goodfellow fund; biggest Press of year

‘Tis the season. The annual Goodfellow Fund is off and running. It’s sponsored by The Sheridan Press and dates to 1958. Over the years, some $300,000 has been raised for Salvation Army ministries – namely food, clothing and toys during the Christmas season. John Rotellini and Becky Martini, office manager for the Press, are the… Continue Reading

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