Leave politics out of judge race


In the true spirit of judicial elections, I say let’s make this November’s election of a new judge a completely nonpartisan race.

To recap the facts, Logan County Family Court Judge C. Douglas Chamberlain has announced his retirement effective Tuesday.

Credit to Judge Chamberlain for making his decision to enter his retirement in a manner timely enough to expediently decide who his replacement will be.

But when we examine the tight timeline ahead of the election, the need for a nonpartisan race is clear.

First, any apt lawyer who wishes to fill the seat can file as an independent by the end of the business day Aug. 10. The local Democrat and Republican parties, however, have until the end of the day Aug. 13 to decide who they want to put a rubber stamp on.


Keep the door open when discussing public business


Response from public officials in the aftermath of the severe thunder- and windstorm that ravaged much of Logan County and caused catastrophic damage to the historic courthouse has been admirable.

Late Friday afternoon, straight-line winds in excess of 80 mph ripped a 10-by-10 foot hole in the roof of the courthouse and caused so much structural damage that a forensic structural analyst determined the clock tower risks total collapse.

Combating damage elsewhere, employees with the Logan County Engineer’s Office worked Friday evening well into Saturday to clear downed trees and debris from the road, but still found time to compact about 60 tons of limestone on the courthouse lawn into a ramp so that a bucket truck could patch the hole in the roof.

  • Written by NATE SMITH

Living with a ‘liberal’ label


All the negative comments I’ve seen this past week from right wing extremists about my personal opinion of Rush Limbaugh — mainly by anonymous Internet users who have no idea who I am as a person — started me thinking about where I do shake out politically.

I know I am neither Democrat nor Republican although I do typically vote in Republican primaries because that is oftentimes the deciding race in local politics.

Over the years, I’ve been called a liberal more times than I can count (I would never venture to guess how many times former Logan County Sheriff Michael Henry asked, “How’s my favorite liberal reporter today?”)

  • Written by REUBEN MEES

The decline of American decency


Rush Limbaugh never fails to sicken me and his comments last week on our own local celebrity’s act of selflessness puts me at wit’s end.

While many readers who want to lump me in with the run-of-the-mill liberal journalist stereotype probably think I’m blowing off steam about Limbaugh’s overall conservatism, that is not the case at all.

The man is a complete idiot. Period.

In case you missed it, he stooped to an all-time low (quite possibly trumping even his illegal Viagra possession, pain killer addiction and entirely sexist attitude toward all women’s issues) in what he apparently saw as some insightful truth into the declining nature of the capitalist values he believes make the United States the end-all-and-be-all of human existence.


The myth of drug-testing welfare recipients


Contrary to the incorrect perceptions expressed in many of the emails and comments I received after a May 18 story about Logan County Children’s Services drug testing parents/guardians accused of drug abuse, such a policy is in no way tied to whether or not that family receives government assistance.

  • Written by NATE SMITH