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America needs newspapers. And newspapers, now more than ever, need America. Thomas Jefferson famously said, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” So...
In divided America, the aftermath of a mass shooting follows an all-too-predictable pattern. So it was Monday as the nation awoke to the horror that a domestic terrorist identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, had opened fire Sunday night from a 32nd floor Las Vegas hotel room, killing at least 59...
In announcing his tax reform proposal Wednesday in Indianapolis, President Donald Trump addressed the biggest political problem his plan will face — the suspicion that most of the benefits would favor wealthy Americans like Trump himself. “It’s not good for me,” Trump said. “Believe me.” What...
Hurricane Irma spared our area but drew our attention to our friends and families in south and central Florida. We know that could’ve been us, but even as we forget what our friends are dealing in-state, we can lose sight of the horrors inflicted on people living even further south. Floridians...
Colin Kaepernick started the fire, but just as its embers were cooling, President Donald Trump poured gasoline on it. Kaepernick was a San Francisco 49ers quarterback last season who declined to stand on the sidelines before games while the national anthem was played. Sitting (and later kneeling...
It’s been just over two years since a Fort Walton Beach High School freshman took his own life. The school mourned the death of Curtis Dison. Those who knew him and those who didn’t cried over the tragic death of the 15-year-old boy, a freshman who had played in the drum line at the high school...
Amid the headlines about major hurricane after major hurricane, you may have missed news of an important economic milestone. American households in the middle class are now earning more money than they ever have, with their median income topping the $59,000 mark for the first time. The mark is the...
There are 29 active national emergencies in place today in the United States. The latest is the one that President Donald Trump declared on Aug. 10: “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency. It’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot...
It is now the policy of the United States that nations of the world should act in their own best interests, unless they are North Korea, Iran or Venezuela, or unless they should occasionally decide to collaborate. But the world shouldn’t necessarily look to the U.S. for leadership. So said...
Gone are the days when a person with determination can improve their life by working their way through college. It takes a great deal more for a young person fresh out of high school to earn a college degree. Say what you will about the so-called “Millennials,” but, with regard to a college...

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