Commentary

  • A conversation about guns

    By Craig Olson We need to talk about guns. It is a topic fraught with emotion. Here is a simple fact: America is the leader in the world in gun-related deaths. Events like the Las Vegas massacre happen with a frequency that is horrific. There is no guarantee that another mass casualty would not happen

  • Speech and freedom

    I served honorably for three years in the U.S. Army in the years just before the war in Vietnam became the number one target of dissension in our nation.

  • Haunting memories of Mississippi

    By Katherine Heidinger Todd Nelson’s commentary in the Sept. 21 edition quoted his father, a journalist covering the civil rights movement in the South at the time of the Ole Miss riot on Sept. 30, 1962, the night before James H. Meredith became the first African-American student at the University of Mississippi. I well remember

  • Trying to make sense of the Hillary hatred

    By Alexander Keefe Reactions to Hillary Clinton’s much anticipated book, “What Happened,” have tended to fall into two camps. The first holds that this is nothing more than Hillary pointing fingers. One review was headlined “What Happened: The long list of who Hillary Clinton blames.” The article sums up the book as a series of

  • A civil rights anniversary in the age of Charlottesville

    By Todd Nelson My father was a journalist and covered the civil rights movement, going to Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia during some of the epic confrontations. In 1962, he covered the integration of Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss. His original coverage provides perspective in the age of Charlottesville, family history intersecting with social history, then

  • Clean energy is the way forward

    By Jonathan Fulford Even as hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose command the news headlines and the people in their paths occupy our thoughts, it’s critical to understand that these storms represent a wake-up call for our nation. One of the challenges we face is climate change and how it is increasing severe weather. Fortunately, there

  • Race-based identity politics are wrecking Maine and America

    By Rep. Lawrence Lockman Is Maine’s population too old and too white? “Of course!” is the answer from progressives on both sides of the aisle at the swamp in Augusta. And they’re not the least bit bashful about bashing white people as obstacles to making Maine a better place to live and work. Former Speaker