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Today's Opinions

  • Cultural tax comes back to mountain area

    Do you even bend down to pick up a penny anymore when you spot one on the street?

    I do, because my father taught me that if I don’t, it means I no longer appreciate the value of money. After all these years, although the buying power of a penny has been devalued to almost nothing, the lesson hasn’t.

    But many of you probably don’t pick up that paltry penny anymore, and I don’t blame you. Although it never bought much, it used to buy something. Now, it’s hard to think of anything you get for a single brass penny.

  • Time for us to reclaim nominating process

    In all presidential elections, there are voters who have unfavorable opinions of both candidates. In 1996 it was 7 percent; then 5 percent in 2000, 6 percent in 2004, and 5 percent in 2012. This time the number is 35 percent. Wow, that’s over a third of voters who are not impressed with either candidate. In fact, I predict that a record number of Americans will vote for someone other than the candidates nominated by the two parties. So the big question is, how did we nominate two candidates we don’t like and who aren’t likely to get our vote?

  • Don’t vote to change rules for primaries

    Upon resigning from the Friar’s Club, Groucho Marx famously said, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.” That reasoning seems to be consistent with two ballot measures before us this fall concerning primary elections.

  • November’s ballot likely to be crowded

    In addition to electing a president, U.S. senator, members of Congress, the state legislature and county commissioners, it looks like we’re headed for another very busy ballot when we vote this November.

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Visiting musician praises Jazz Festival

    Editor:

    My name is Kris Tokarski; I am a jazz pianist based out of New Orleans who recently had the pleasure of performing at the Evergreen Jazz Festival with my trio. I wanted to relay a few words about my experience in an effort to spread the word about this annual weekend-long event.

  • Strangers on a train find friendship

    It was the last train out of Paris during a summer of discontent. The Euro 2016 soccer championship — a temporary distraction from the impending Brexit vote — made the French capital the focal point of Europe as rail workers, taxi drivers, sanitation staff, air-traffic controllers and petrol workers took full advantage by declaring near-simultaneous labor strikes. The River Seine, in an apparent protest of her own, overflowed along the Quai d’Orsay as if attempting to wash away the gathering gloom.

  • Hang on to that Fourth of July feeling

    I hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July. I guess I’m really getting old, because although the music at Buchanan Park was good, I missed the National Repertory Orchestra playing patriotic music. I did get my John Philip Sousa fix later watching the celebrations from Washington and Boston. If you are like I am, you still get a strong feeling of patriotism and pride in our nation on special days like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

  • A bicyclist’s heartfelt plea: Give us a brake

    The other day I was riding my bike on the road up Squaw Pass. On a straight stretch where I could see about a quarter mile in both directions, a big truck was barreling toward me from up ahead — a cement-mixer, which is one wide dude! When I checked my handlebar mirror, a car was fast approaching from behind, too.

    It looked like these two vehicles might meet right where I was tooling along on my bike. No problem — not if the truck driver stays in his own lane, I shift over to the narrow shoulder, and the driver coming from behind has any sense.