Op-Ed: Some simple truths about terrorism

For 51 years, I have been a student, scholar, teacher and researcher dealing with the Middle East. With about 90 percent of my colleagues in Middle East studies, I tried in vain to urge our government not to invade Iraq and watched helplessly as our worst-case scenarios became harsh realities.

Letter - What does Helpline do for community?

I am writing to offer my perspective as a volunteer of several years at Helpline, one of the social service agencies in our community. I would ask the reader to consider the following questions and their possible answers/solutions.

Editorial: Lincoln called for national day of thanks

The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.

Column - Thanksgiving: Cultivate an attitude of gratitude

In recent years, I have become very aware of how commercialized most holidays have become. Easter is filled with chocolate bunnies and little plastic eggs. Christmas has become a battle between Nativity scenes and gifts, shopping, and Santa Claus. Thanksgiving has produced two of the greatest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Letter - Sen. Sanders tax plan is not realistic

Asked how he would finance his vast expansion in government expenditures, Sen. Bernard Sanders responded by saying he would tax Wall Street speculators.

Letter - Asian-Americans are a minority rarely mentioned

There’s a lot of talk about race in the news.

Letter - We need to create hope to stop terrorism

As all Americans know, the Redcoats lost the Revolutionary War because the English were trapped in an old way of thinking. They did not adapt to the times. A similar thing is happening with regard to the war on terrorists, especially after the heinous attacks on Paris.

Editorial: Lawmakers now need to focus on charter schools

It’s now time for the state Legislature to get serious about fixing the constitutional flaws in the voter-approved initiative that allows state-funded charter schools.

Letter - Apology offered for misunderstanding

I regret some have interpreted my mention of Providence St. Mary Medical Center in my Nov. 18 letter on Taco Time’s compostable program as implying that some of the recycling occurring at the hospital is rejected by the recycling vendor as exceeding the limit of non-recyclables.

Letter - If school is delayed an hour, kids will delay sleep

It seems to be a rather generally accepted fact that the human body functions more efficiently following an adequate amount of sleep. Studies have indicated sleep is of greater value when obtained during what we call night time hours.

Letter - Shop local on Black Friday and beyond

Amid the Black Friday, pre-Black Friday, and extended Black Friday promotional hype here’s a quiet invitation to join me in shopping our local stores on Small Business Saturday.

Editorial: AMA’s push to ban hawking prescription drugs has merit

The American Medical Association has prescribed a reasonable remedy to curb unnecessary and expensive medical treatments — a ban on consumer advertising for prescription drugs and medical devices,

Candidate conversation: Rubio on his Cuban roots, island’s future

As Marco Rubio campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, he’s pledging to bring generational change to Washington. Yet Rubio’s policy toward Cuba hinges on reinstating a half-century-old diplomatic freeze that failed to unseat the communist government on the island where his parents were born.

Letter - Deception from pool bond is emerging

U-B headline: City pool faces new money woes.

Editorial: Fear can’t be allowed to divide America

When Islamic State terrorists attacked Paris, their intent was to spread fear. Sadly, that has occurred.