Editorial

Preserving a legacy

“We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was ...

A lesson in the past

With the 73rd anniversary of D-Day coming Tuesday, it is interesting to look once again at the man chosen to lead the retaking of Europe. In the biography “Eisenhower in War and Peace,” author Jean Edward Smith makes the argument that Dwight David Eisenhower’s willingness to compromise ...

A senseless drug death

A year ago a medical examiner in Minnesota announced that superstar rocker Prince died of “fentanyl toxicity.” That is a fancy way of saying he died of a drug overdose. The tweet from the ME’s office went on to say the death was accidental, from a self-administered dose. USA Today’s ...

Using some new tools

On a personal basis, we have been slow to adopt ties to social media. We readily admit that Facebook and Twitter are valuable business tools, that likes and thumbs up can direct customers to a company. But it remains alarming to us how many folks are addicted to their phones, tablets and ...

The changed face of war

In our mind, Memorial Day has always been a solemn occasion marked by the grizzled faces of veterans whose sad eyes reflect visages of fallen comrades and un-erasable images of lonely battlefields. Yes, it is a day of auto races, picnics, baseball games and other family outings. But the ...

Prepare for storm season

Every year we write editorials about being prepared for tropical storms. June 1 through Nov. 30 is officially hurricane season in the Central Pacific. On May 24, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that its forecast for this year is for an 80 percent chance of a ...

Memorial Day’s true meanings

Monday is Memorial Day. It is a day intended to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war while serving in the armed forces of the United States of America. All too sadly, most of those who paid the sacrifice were young people who really never got to savor the benefits of freedom. ...

A little girl lost

Memorial Day weekend is a time for remembering those who have served our country in the armed forces. But, sometimes, memories of others are stirred. Helen Bishop is not your traditional subject for a Memorial Day Weekend editorial. She never wore a uniform or fought in any wars. No, Helen, ...

Friday is ‘Don’t Fry Day’

Friday has been designated “Don’t’ Fry Day” by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention — a day for all of us who live out here on a tropical island to remember that skin cancer caused by exposure to the sun is a daily threat. Working with the council, the American Cancer ...

Slaughter of the innocent

Monday evening in Manchester, England, the slaughter of the innocent continued. This time, 22 folks attending an Ariana Grande concert were killed when a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device at the end of the show. Dozens more were injured. Most of the attendees were ...

Jewels from McCullough

As noted the other day, we are in the midst of graduation season and it is natural for adults to wish to impart something of value to today’s grads. We found several nuggets in a book loaned to us by a friend. “The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For” is a compilation of ...

Only one side in this fight

When we were young, a very scary novel titled “On The Beach” described a post-nuclear war world where survivors await the eventual fallout that will kill them. Written by Nevil Shute and set in Australia, the book details how a nuclear attack by one small nation sets off a series of ...

When an old friend calls

Boy, there is nothing like sitting in the old lounger on a Saturday night watching a baseball game, golf tournament or tennis match and having the phone ring. Now, who would be calling on a Saturday night at 8:45? It must be important — better rush on over and get that phone 20 feet away ...

Now is the time to act

As this is written, most of Washington is scrambling to decide how to react to the news that fired FBI Director James Comey left detailed notes of a conversation in which President Donald Trump asked him to stop the investigation of Michael Flynn. Just a day after Trump fired Flynn as his ...

Graduation day wishes

“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.” — Will Rogers The fastest years of a parent’s life are those that fall between the initial tears of seeing Junior off to kindergarten and ...

Catalyst for change

There are a few Supreme Court rulings that are so significant that virtually everyone who attended school has heard of them: Marbury v. Madison was the first case the court decided that deemed a law passed by Congress was unconstitutional, thereby establishing its right to do so; New York ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day

“One bright and guiding light “That taught me wrong from right “I found in my mother’s eyes . . . “God’s gift sent from above “One real unselfish love “I found in my mother’s eyes.” — From “My Mother’s Eyes” by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Abel Baer When ...

Letters are reader opinions

At the time this nation was founded, it was common for the colonial government to jail printers who dared to publish ideas that opposed official policy. It was called sedition. To prevent that from happening in the newly formed United States of America, the First Amendment in the ...

Independence needed now

James Comey admitted to legislative questioners last week that he was “mildly nauseous” when wondering if the timing of his comments on Hillary Clinton’s private email server might have affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The now former director of the Federal Bureau ...

Don’t take this – it’ll kill you

Have you noticed that we now live in a world of legal disclaimers? During a news program on television, a commercial came on touting the success of a firm that invests in mutual funds. While spending a good part of the 30-second spot telling the viewing audience that over the past few years ...