Point of View

Ashamed of the Nation

By on Jul 30, 2007 - 10:18:11 PM
We Americans have so much to be afraid of these days. We have become a nation driven by fear. Our children, our spouses, our brothers and sisters, and especially our parents are all at risk. Any misstep can be fatal.

  In Their Court

By Henry Meyerding on Jul 15, 2007 - 6:08:00 PM
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The US Federal Appeals Court overturned a ruling by a lower court to shut down the NSA warrentless wiretap program implemented by the Bush administration. Now the case will go to the US Supreme Court. How they rule may set the tone for this nation for the next century.


Death by Talk Radio: the Amnesty Bill

By John Armor on Jul 8, 2007 - 12:25:00 PM
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I've done a lot of talk radio beginning with Chuck Boyles on WBAL in Baltimore in 1968.  It's a challenging form of communication.  You don't know what's coming, yet you must be ready for it.  It is true that talk radio killed the amnesty bill in the Senate, for the second and final time, last week.


  Duke Is Not Off the Hook

By John Armor on Jul 1, 2007 - 10:42:00 AM

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This week Duke University reached a "non-disclosed settlement" with the three lacrosse players who were savaged by the District Attorney in Durham, Mike Nifong. He wanted to hoodwink black voters into putting him back in office.  That succeeded, but he has now been removed from office, and disbarred.



Bar Fight in the Blue Ridge:The Coming Battle for NC 11

By John Armor on Jun 24, 2007 - 11:31:00 AM
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You'd think that what happens in western Carolina, in the 11th Congressional District, isn't very important to the powers-that-be in Washington.  That's usually so.  But not now.  And two extraordinary events that have occurred a year and a half before the 2008 election for that seat, prove the point.



  Sanctity of Death

By Henry Meyerding on Jun 23, 2007 - 12:20:00 AM
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President Bush likes to straddle moral issues with a very broad stance. On the one hand, he is a proponent of pre-emptive war and on the other, he vetoes stem cell research initiatives. Evidently, some human life is more sacred than other human life.


Feudin' Banjos, 'n Writin' Laws

By John Armor on Jun 17, 2007 - 10:07:00 AM
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At the end of every week I take stock of what's happened.  Rare are the weeks which have actual bookends - something that was sublime, and something that was ridiculous. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


  Frank Zappa, Part One: How to Debate Conservatives

By David Koff on Jun 17, 2007 - 2:29:00 AM
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The late Frank Zappa was a prolific musician, a shocking lyricist, a comedy genius and certainly no stranger to politics. He was an articulate, well-educated chap and sometimes went on to talk shows to defend his positions on art, freedom of speech, and the politics of hatred.

John Edwards: 21st Century Marie Antoinette

By John Armor on Jun 10, 2007 - 9:41:00 AM

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This is my first complete column about John Edwards.  I hope it’ll also be the last.  The bottom line for us in North Carolina is quite clear.  Edwards didn’t run for re-election to the Senate because if he had, he would have lost.



  Why Teachers Teach

By Jill Chapin on Jun 3, 2007 - 1:37:00 PM
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There are many reasons why people stay on in their seemingly stifling jobs.  But scratch beneath the surface and you'll uncover some unwritten benefits that make it all worthwhile.


Impeachment

By Henry Meyerding on May 6, 2007 - 7:45:00 PM
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Impeachment is one of the most consistently misunderstood facets of American government and jurisprudence.

  On Mass Murder

By John Armor on Apr 29, 2007 - 11:56:00 AM
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WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC, was one of hundreds of news outlets to publish an AP story on 21 April, entitled "Mass Shootings More Common Since 1960s."  The pathetic aspect of this story is that the reporter found and included the truth of the matter in paragraphs nine and ten, but otherwise acted as if he had never seen it.

Tragedy

By Henry Meyerding on Apr 22, 2007 - 5:37:00 PM
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Senseless Tragedy in Virginia unwinds on television. More hype and hysteria at 11:00.

  Finally - a Voice of Reason in the Fight Against Cancer

By Jill Chapin on Apr 15, 2007 - 3:27:00 PM
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If you want to know who is really looking out for you in the fight against cancer, read this.

Katie Couric, Meet Becky Johnson

By John Armor on Apr 8, 2007 - 1:10:00 PM
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Who are these people?  Katie Couric used to be on the Today Show, then she fell off the map.  You've never heard of Becky Johnson?  Allow me to help....

  Charlie and Rosie Are Scum

By John Armor on Mar 25, 2007 - 10:54:00 PM
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I've been writing for publication for 50 years.  I have never before referred to a fellow citizen as "scum."  Growing up, I was taught that all human beings have worth, and that even "bad" people have some virtues.  So, what could possibly make me call Charlie Sheen and Rosie O'Donnell, scum?

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

By Jill Chapin on Mar 25, 2007 - 9:18:00 AM
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Some things never change, and for our never-ending love affair with baseball, that's very good.  Like peanuts and Cracker Jack, a day at the ballpark is still a delicious treat.

  The Problem with Organized Religion

By Rabbi Hillel on Mar 18, 2007 - 12:42:00 PM
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"What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the law: all the rest is commentary." - Rabbi Hillel

When it Comes to Your Health, Buyer Beware

By Jill Chapin on Mar 11, 2007 - 10:53:00 AM
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When reading of new drug breakthroughs, or of supposedly healthful foods, don't buy into what the media is feeding you.  Because all too often, their deceptions and omissions can be mighty hard to swallow.

  Rudy Beats Hillary - End of Story

By John Armor on Mar 11, 2007 - 6:08:00 AM
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This weekend we were at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.  All but one of the 2008 Republican candidates were there.  The conservatives sought to buttress their support from the right, to seek the support of the whole party.   Rudy Guiliani was there to show he doesn't have two heads.  John McCain, to his disgrace and harm, did not bother to show.


War on Peace

By Henry Meyerding on Mar 4, 2007 - 11:01:00 PM

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War certainly has a good press agent. There is practically nothing, with the possible exception of sex that gets more positive reviews for less reason.



  Veteran Bush

By Henry Meyerding on Mar 4, 2007 - 8:53:00 PM

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It is not uncommon for the Bush administration to be caught in a lie. It is interesting to see how veterans respond to being blind sided by the very leaders they thought were most on their side.



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