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

BEING REASONABLE: Judicial activism broadens government authority


Did you hear about that recent case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court involving a broad overreach of authoritarian power?

I can’t believe the justices required even a full minute to consider the merits of the case. The proper decision should be obvious.

Inherent to this case is whether or not the government and/or any one of its departments can tell citizens what to do. It seems to me provisions contained within the Constitution prohibit such a clear overreach of power — subjecting American residents to the government’s will and stripping them of any semblance of personal autonomy.