Opinion

Thiessen: The 10 worst things Trump did in his first year

One week ago (Herald, Jan. 15 ), I listed the 10 best things President Trump accomplished in his remarkable first year in office. However, his record of conservative achievement has been...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Property taxes: The big picture and fine print

Do you know everything that your computer operating system can do? Do you care? Or do you only care that you can share your photos on the device of your choosing, and that your bank accounts are...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Zalneraitis: The dangers of acquisition: Industry consolidation is undermining rural economies

In the last two weeks, we have seen news about both Freenotes and Zuke’s relocating substantial portions of their business to other states. This is unfortunate, but also part of a broader...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Schultz: Quote the president and skip the asterisks

This week marked the beginning of the spring semester at Kent State, where I teach journalism as a professional in residence. One of the rituals of the first day of class is to go over the...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Mueller: Congress must ensure healthy forests and secure watersheds

It’s not fire season right now – or at least it shouldn’t be – but continuing drought and seemingly constant shifts in “normal” weather patterns set the stage for record-setting, winter wildfires...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Will: In Oregon, progressivism spills over at the pump

WASHINGTON – Frank Lloyd Wright purportedly said, “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” Today, however, Oregon is the state with the strangest state of...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Brooks: Conflicting views on how democracies perish

Everybody agrees society is in a bad way, but what exactly is the main cause of the badness? Some people emphasize economic issues: The simultaneous concentration of wealth at the top and the...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Kristof: Trump’s threat to Democracy

Two political scientists specializing in how democracies decay and die have compiled four warning signs to determine if a political leader is a dangerous authoritarian: 1. The leader shows only a...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Rankin: Teacher to class: “Can you hear me now?”

“It’s just common sense.” How many times have you heard this phrase and thought “If only more people would just use common sense”? I was thinking that during a conversation with Dan Snowberger,...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Thiessen: The 10 best things Trump has done in his first year

As we approach the end of President Donald Trump’s first year in office, the list of extraordinary things he has done – for both good and ill – is pretty remarkable. Trump inspires such deep...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Buckley: Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire turns 50 this year

Fifty years ago, Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire was published to decent reviews but little fanfare. “Another book dropped down the bottomless well. Into oblivion,” wrote a disheartened Abbey in...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Dreamers fate may rest on the mood of the moment

We’re thinking about that lovely bipartisan meeting the president hosted Tuesday with members of Congress about immigration. Everybody was impressed by how concerned Trump seemed to be about all...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed