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Saturday, August 23, 2014

President Barack Obama

Looking for a hero? Look no further

Do we use the term “hero” too freely these days? Editor Don Whitten tends to feel that way, and he writes about Medal of Honor winner Kyle Carpenter — who and what we need to measure the meaning of the word against. (June 23, 2014, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Peter Frost writes to express concern about the hyper-partisan political rhetoric that is so prevalent today, and to urge all to think objectively about the real issues facing the country. (February 12, 2014, Page 4)

Let’s be cautious – but not because Putin says so

It appears there could be a settlement in the issue of chemical weapons use in Syria. Maybe. Editor Don Whitten looks at the ongoing situation and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recently op-ed piece in The New York Times and urges caution regardless of what’s being said or written. (September 16, 2013, Page 4A)

A step toward equality

Staff Writer Melanie Addington celebrates Wednesday’s decisions by the Supreme Court dealing with same-sex marriages and civil rights, but points out that there’s still lots left to do before everyone is equal. (June 28, 2013, Page 4A)

Court: In some places, the past is past

Editor Don Whitten writes about the Supreme Court’s Tuesday decision concerning parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, agreeing with the majority of the justices who say that “current conditions” should determine who is still required to get preclearance from the Justice Department for district line changes and voting guidelines. (June 26, 2013, Page 4)

Country dealing with some serious issues

Which issue bothers you more: the Benghazi attack, the IRS targeting scandal or the Justice Department secretly obtaining telephone records of Associated Press reporters and editors? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the ongoing controversies and gives his still-developing opinion. (May 20, 2013, Page 4A)

‘Fiscal cliff’ game goes down to the wire

The biggest game over the past four or five days wasn’t in the NFL or NCAA; it was in Washington as government officials played the “Fiscal Cliff” bowl. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the game, picking out some highlights and some good and bad plays. (January 2, 2013, Page 4)

Oh, happy day – when the campaigning is over

Local columnist Deidra Jackson writes about turning her political volume down – and possibly off – this election season because of all of the games that seemed to be being played these days. (August 30, 2012, Page 4)

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