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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Congress

Letters to the Editor

Patti C. Harris writes to point out that, after seeing that the Congress, courts and Constitution haven’t stopped President Obama’s agenda, only the voters can apparently do anything. (July 16, 2012, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Thomas J. Rosser writes to say that the Supreme Court should strike down Arizona SB 1070 because it supports discrimination. (April 23, 2012, Page 4A)

British taking US over?

Local columnist T.J. Ray, after getting a somewhat humorous email about the British taking back over control of the “colonies,” looks at some of the problems the United States is going through. (March 9, 2012, Page 4A)

Should political parties be dissolved?

Local columnist T.J. Ray passes along an article and poem printed back in 1949 and follows it by wondering if political parties, both the Democrats and Republicans, are to blame for things and maybe should be dissolved. (December 5, 2011, Page 4A)

The Windy State? It’s possible, but unlikely

Most people have heard of the Windy City – Chicago. Is it possible that the Windy City is about to become the Windy State? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the proposal of a state legislator in Illinois to make Cook County and Chicago the 51st state. (November 30, 2011, Page 4)

Rights or privileges?

Do we have rights? Or are lots of things we consider rights just privileges? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at those questions and others when it comes to rights and Constitutional rights. (November 3, 2011, Page 4)

Treatment of American flag very disturbing

Are you offended when you see the American flag mistreated? Local columnist T.J. Ray certainly is, and he takes a closer look at a recent mistreatment of the flag that was labeled as “art.” (September 14, 2011, Page 4)

Letting go never an easy process

How was it, parents of college freshmen or 18- and 19-year-olds leaving the nest to begin work, to let them go? It’s not easy, not easy at all, John Semmes writes in a guest column that takes a look at how he saw the process and dealt with it recently. (August 18, 2011, Page 4A)

The failed U.S. Postal Service

Guest columnist Paul L. Westerfield takes on the U.S. Postal service, noting that it seems more self-serving than providing a reasonably-priced and productive service. He cites junk mail, unions and overpaid leaders as problems that need to be solved. (March 1, 2011, Page 4)

Another proposal from left field – Amendment 28

Local columnist T.J. Ray suggests that we propose and pass a 28th amendment that would make the president a non-partisan executive after he or she is elected, taking the split that parties and their differences have caused in our country. After all, Ray says, doesn’t the president represent everyone? (February 1, 2011, Page 4)

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