Editorials

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We were sent a couple of photos that showed snow piles either shoveled or plowed off our local streets. And while it’s great to see people banding together to dig ourselves out of the 5 to 7 inches (and more in some places) that fell Sunday into Monday, we later learned the reason we were se… Read more

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Today, many Americans will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., who preached both an unceasing struggle against prejudice and discrimination and use of nonviolent methods to win the battle. Read more

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At some point during the hopefully not-too-distant future, whether or not COVID-19 has been defeated or at least relegated to an ailment no worse than the “common” flu, school districts should launch a cooperative mission aimed at assessing fully the impact of the pandemic on their students … Read more

Viewpoint

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Do you believe in second chances? To be more specific, do you believe in second chances for convicted felons, even those sentenced to life in prison or life without the possibility of parole? Read more

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The omicron variant of COVID-19 has surged to the point that many school districts are back to remote learning. When the transition was announced in my son's school, I felt a rush of relief. Though he's fully vaccinated, I knew he would be safer at home from the highly infectious omicron var… Read more

Quotables

“It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.”

Open Forums

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As a “boomer” who grew up before the advent of social media and the constant 24-hour news cycle, I yearn for the days when news was reported without “spin” to fit a predetermined narrative. When errors were made timely and prominent corrections were issued — organizations and individual repo… Read more

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A bait and switch is when a salesperson attracts a customer by advertising one thing, but then produces something else instead. Is this what’s happening with the latest, $16 million Middle River Regional Jail “renovation” proposal? Read more

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Recently, while watching a football game on television, I heard an interview with a college football player who avowed that he had been playing the game since he was 6 years old. Declaring his love for the game, he said, “Football is a violent sport.” Read more

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