Opinion

05/29/2018 - 2:56pm
The past few weeks, several people have asked me if I’m glad to be off Hawaii Island and away from the lava eruption. Each time I remind them that I’m a reporter and would gladly take the opportunity to go investigate a lava flow up close. It’s history in the making. It’s exciting. And a little dangerous. You might question that last statement, or accuse me of understating...
10/18/2017 - 7:49am
For more than a year, I’ve been trying to write a column about free speech, particularly in the context of political protests. I started thinking about this last year when a Calhoun County resident flew a flag upside down in protest of how he felt he was being treated by the Dakota Access Pipeline. He was a military veteran who said it...
09/13/2017 - 9:23am
Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the publisher of the newspaper where I was working asked me to write an article about the relief efforts of a group he was heavily involved in. I made a few calls, learned about the group’s disaster relief kits, which included a number of items that I wondered if they could be sourced...
07/18/2017 - 1:32pm
Every now and then, while I’m proofing the paper, I come across a line in an obituary that stops me in my tracks. Years ago, at a daily newspaper in Ohio, it was a mention that the deceased woman had been a World War II pinup girl. The accompanying photo backed up the claim – she was a stunning looking woman, in full pinup makeup. More...
07/05/2017 - 8:13am
A few weeks ago, I attended a Board of Adjustments meeting in the Calhoun County Courthouse basement. These meetings are infrequent, scheduled only when someone wants a zoning variance or thinks their building permit shouldn’t have been denied. Rarely, if ever, is anyone from the public there, aside from me. But at this particular meeting,...
05/02/2017 - 11:37am
Nine months ago, I spent the entire first day of school crying, off and on, as I thought about my baby sitting in kindergarten. I knew he was in good hands, but I still teared up. What I didn’t know was that he was actually in great hands. The things he has learned since entering Kris Nicholson’s classroom amaze me. Just as the things...
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