It is indeed interesting times that we live. The citizens of Washington state are faced with a choice between voting for Initiative 594, which will place new restrictions on the sale or transfer of firearms, or Initiative 591, which is designed to limit the government’s ability to restrict the terms of the second amendment in any way.
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Did the First Amendment ever have a more stylish defender — and one who made more effective use of it — than Ben Bradlee?
Police chiefs typically stay out of politics as it is our job to deliver professional and effective law enforcement services, regardless of affiliation or vote.
The race for Prosecuting Attorney has apparently gone negative with the publication of former Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey’s recent guest column. The letter demeans Katie Svoboda’s qualification to hold that office by associating her with an office that, in his estimation, has failed to adequately train its deputies and thus lowered the standard to which they were held.
The devil is in the details.
Crossroads GPS has assailed Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for shortchanging Colorado residents with his votes on health insurance; Patriot Majority USA has gone after the Republican Senate candidate in Arkansas, Tom Cotton, for being a supposed shill of the insurance industry and opposing a farm bill.
As a mixed-blood Muscogee/Creek Indian, I would like to commend Washington, D.C.’s professional football team on its tasteful logo. The American Indian in profile with two eagle feathers is dignified and respectful.
Mission creep usually guarantees mission failure. What follows from changing the original goals of the mission is all too evident in the failed U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the United States has fallen into that trap with the Islamic State. The result will be a long and costly engagement and failure.
After 22-plus years of being on the bench, I am now officially a retired Superior Court judicial officer. Now that I am out the door, I can communicate without the legal constraints judges have about political issues.
Dear Abby: I am a male in the training department at my office. A lot of times, because the people I train are new hires, there are dress code violations from people who appear to be testing the limits. Most of the violations involve women who wear clothing that’s too revealing, in spite of the fact they receive a document at the start of training explaining what is and is not appropriate attire.
The midterm elections are just a few weeks away, and one of the traditional democratic virtues — voting — suddenly seems under fire. “Girls” star Lena Dunham offered a treatise urging voter turnout: “When you vote, you feel so, so good.”
Talk show host Steve Harvey interviewed the mother of Michael Brown, the young man gunned down by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer and he asked the question: “What if it were my child?”
American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. As Americans, we see the future not as something beyond our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort. That was true this week, as we mobilized the world to confront some of our most urgent challenges.
In the Orwellian world of many college and university campuses, all faiths are welcome — but some faiths are more welcome than others.
Anyone who wondered how Barack Obama was going to spend the last two years of his presidency got an answer last week: He’ll be fighting a war.