Opinion Columns & Blogs

Opinion Columns & Blogs

Secrets to saving on your summer city vacation

Cities attract people for different reasons, which is partly why cities are such popular vacation destinations. Summer is one of the best times to visit, as the long days give you extra hours of sunlight for exploration and many cities host a variety of free activities. The busy season can mean rising prices, but there are a few city-specific savings tactics that can take some of the strain off your budget.

Dr. Bill Atwood

A little safer

Donald Trump seems to be a combination of a Timex watch and the Energizer Bunny. He just keeps on ticking people off and he just keeps going and going and going. The bombing raid in Syria confounded everyone. Many of his supporters were in shock because he had stated President Obama was wrong to be involved there and that he felt we should stay out of that Civil War.

Dr. Bill Atwood

He is risen

Happy Easter - When many of us walk into our various churches on Sunday, we will greet one another with the statement, “He is risen.” The response back will be, “He is risen indeed.” This exchange has been going on for centuries and it is the statement that embodies why people are Christians. The tomb in which Jesus was buried was empty on the third day.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Muddied waters

Does anyone anywhere have a clue what is happening in Washington D.C. with regard to who is spying on whom? Hollywood would have a difficult time selling this plot and the cast of characters in a movie. The viewers would find themselves so very confused with the plot and the lies and the “He said, no; he said, nope; I said, then again I said that he said that they said that he told them…”

Peter Cavanaugh

Patsy

Pat-sy (patsē), noun: a person who is easily taken advantage of, especially by being cheated or blamed for something. A fool. A sap. A sucker.

Peter Cavanaugh

Fool

“I guess I’m here, what? 64 days? I never said, ‘Repeal and replace Obamacare.’ You’ve all heard my speeches. I never said, ‘repeal it and replace it within 64 days.’” - President Donald J. Trump late Friday afternoon after “Trumpcare” was pronounced D.O.A. and laid to rest by imperial decree.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Leave us alone

Really? After being stuck with the socialist medical insurance now known as Obamacare for seven years since it was passed by the Democrats, and signed by the community organizer, the Republicans had a chance to spare us all from more governmental control of our lives. They dropped the ball to be sure.

Dr. Bill Atwood

A robed wonder

Last week a federal judge in Hawaii staged a coup against the rule of law in this great nation. That doofus ruled against the temporary ban on refugees from nations that had been identified by Barack Obama.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Only in America

We have been dealing with the issue of immigration for many decades in our history. In fact, it has been a subject for centuries, and as immigrants have come to our shores there have been benefits and costs related to the people that came here looking for something better than they left.

Peter Cavanaugh

Fire Trump

I suggest President Donald J. Trump’s insane assertion that Barack Obama personally authorized electronic surveillance of Trump headquarters prior to the November election offers final proof of his mental imbalance, emotional instability, and incapability to serve. Moreover, his continuation in office presents an immediate clear and present danger to our national security and continued existence as a free state.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Time to grow up

Years ago I had a caring parent bring her young son into my office to discuss how he was behaving at home and at school. As his principal at Mariposa Middle School I had never had a negative encounter with the young lad but his mother was very concerned.

Dr. Bill Atwood

It’s cookie time

Last November I reminded all my readers that the Boy Scouts in North Fork would be selling trees for the Christmas season. The tree sale was a success and there will be many happy scouts visiting Scout Camp this summer because we responded.

Peter Cavanaugh

I’m voting yes on L

Years ago a friend of mine who was a very successful life insurance salesman commented that over his career he had never heard a widow complain about the amount of money her husband had spent on the premiums for his life insurance policy.

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