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Today's Opinions

  • OPINION: America must recapture its democratic spirit

    Let’s assume, just for a moment, that the great political leaders of the past were not cynical, deluded or deceptive when they talked about morality and religion. Let’s posit that, at least in some instances, they were not just striking poses but making arguments.

    Early in 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his State of the Union address in an atmosphere charged with menace. Germany had just occupied the Sudetenland. Kristallnacht was recent news. Roosevelt was beginning to prepare Americans for the exertions of a global war.

  • OPINION: Trump has already built a wall across America

    Somehow I got on Team Trump’s email list, and now I’m getting requests for money.

    The president wants me to renew my Sustaining Membership for 2017.

    Here’s the thing: He wants to use my money against me and other journalists.

    “We cannot allow the Fake News Media and obstructionist Democrats to flood the airwaves and mislead the American people, Randall, and they are our strongest opponent yet,” said the letter signed by Donald J. Trump.

  • OPINION: Trump has already built a wall across America

    Somehow I got on Team Trump’s email list, and now I’m getting requests for money.

    The president wants me to renew my Sustaining Membership for 2017.

    Here’s the thing: He wants to use my money against me and other journalists.

    “We cannot allow the Fake News Media and obstructionist Democrats to flood the airwaves and mislead the American people, Randall, and they are our strongest opponent yet,” said the letter signed by Donald J. Trump.

  • OPINION: Enjoy the little goblins while you still can

    Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and it’s because of the little goblins.

    And by little goblins, I mean my own, my two boys.

    We live on one of those streets where people come from outside the neighborhood to trick-or-treat. We gave out about 800 pieces of candy this year, if that gives you some idea of the scale of the event on our street.

  • OPINION: Enjoy the little goblins while you still can

    Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and it’s because of the little goblins.

    And by little goblins, I mean my own, my two boys.

    We live on one of those streets where people come from outside the neighborhood to trick-or-treat. We gave out about 800 pieces of candy this year, if that gives you some idea of the scale of the event on our street.

  • EDITORIAL: County blessed to have our first-responder chaplains

    Nelson County has been blessed by having four seasoned, first-responder chaplains working with law enforcement officers, EMTs and area fire departments.

    Karl Lusk, Eldon Morgan, Terry Troutman and Tom Mobley are experienced ministers who volunteer their time and talents to assist the public and the first responders themselves when tragedies strike.

  • EDITORIAL: County blessed to have our first-responder chaplains

    Nelson County has been blessed by having four seasoned, first-responder chaplains working with law enforcement officers, EMTs and area fire departments.

    Karl Lusk, Eldon Morgan, Terry Troutman and Tom Mobley are experienced ministers who volunteer their time and talents to assist the public and the first responders themselves when tragedies strike.

  • EDITORIAL: NelCASA’s recognition of Dawson is more than merited

    NelCASA is an organization vital to our community. It provides trained advocates to help our children as they navigate through the legal system. The nonprofit organization’s only mission is to work on behalf of the children. And without one man, it’s likely that organization wouldn’t exist here or at the very least, it wouldn’t be as fine-tuned and time-tested as it is.

    Former District Judge Tom Dawson started the Nelson County NelCASA chapter in 1985 as the first of its kind in the state.