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 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 24, 2020

Bolton's caution isn't cowardice

You hear it often: “Discretion is the better part of valor.” It’s a distortion of a Shakespeare quote. The Bard actually scripted Jack Falstaff to say, “the better part of valor is discretion,...

 

Suspect deaths not that common

Everyone everywhere is demanding that we reform the police. Everyone everywhere is demanding that we have to root out the “systemic racism” in our police forces because it results in innocent...

 

Avoid the unbearable heat of hell

May was hot; the fourth-hottest May in the past 100 years for the average daily high temperature and the fifth-hottest for the average daily temperature. We came within a degree of tying the record...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 17, 2020

Hansen: Pandemic a perfect protest storm

Since recent current protests, rioting and sometimes extreme police responses affect just about everyone, they should be viewed more as phenomena of human behavior than of politics. And psychologists...

 

Reagan: Ending police won't solve anything

Getting rid of the police. Now there’s a brilliant, progressive way to improve the criminal justice system. There’s no question there are systemic problems with the way we police our cities that...

 

We need cops, plus a review of procedures

As protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer continue across the country, police procedures and budgets everywhere are being scrutinized. Our advice is focus on...

 

Runyan: Question remains for who you believe and why

I avoid big words. They draw attention to themselves, like politicians. However, like politicians, they are a necessary evil. Today’s needed big word is “epistemology.” It means the study of kno...

 

Sowing the seed of the kingdom

Spring usually is considered planting time, and we’re almost finished with spring planting. But in this area, planting takes place somewhere almost year-round. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 states there’s a...

 

US strengthens China through WHO defunding

“Hide our strength, bide our time,” said Deng Xiaoping, China’s former leader. Xi Jinping, China’s current president, seems to believe the opposite. Shaking off his failures that let an...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 10, 2020

Police work still difficult, dangerous

Four Minneapolis police officers are justifiably facing murder or aiding and abetting charges in the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died after enduring nearly nine minutes of Offic...

 

Dems have failed to police the police

OK, protesters, we get it. You were angry, sickened and sad about the cold-blooded killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Who do you know who wasn’t? Tens of thousands...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    June 3, 2020

Forgiveness not an easy topic

If God is so kind and patient, why does he need to have some innocent man die naked on a cross to forgive our sins? If God is really as loving as you...

 

Declaration will redefine China relationship

The last time we flew out of Shanghai, China, it was 2015 and we stumbled across a sign hanging from the airport ceiling that seemed like an historical relic even then. It gave instructions — in...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 3, 2020

Flynn's case only getting muddier

The case of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn now has the clarity of a mud bath. First, his court case. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Then, Attorney General William Barr, his ultimate prosecutor,...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Opinion    June 3, 2020

Feeling sorry for small business

I feel terribly sorry for the hundred thousand Americans who’ve lost their lives to the coronavirus. I also feel sorry for all the small business owners in the country who have become innocent...

 

Connected in the body and to the head

During homeschooling due to COVID-19, I recalled “The Skeleton Song” used for teaching children the parts of the body. Here’s how it goes: “The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone. The...

 

Ratcliffe should be given fair chance to serve

During the long national struggle that is coronavirus, the grinding wheels of Washington have moved that much more slowly — something that in normal times we might mark as a good thing under the...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 27, 2020

Wear the darn mask, Mr. President

Wear the darn mask, Mr. President. You are not above the law, and no, you are not the law, as much as you want to be. It’s not manly to go maskless in public. It’s dumb. You are an obviously...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Opinion    May 27, 2020

Hoping for return of simple pleasures

Don’t tell the people in charge, but my friend’s wife is a member of the L.A. resistance. She’s been regularly going out into the underground economy to get her hair done. She’s been meeting...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    May 20, 2020

Secession: Biblical wisdom of moving on

Sometimes the best thing to do is walk away. Stop throwing pearls to the swine, as Jesus said. When the arguments have all been had, and...

 

Governor edicts aren't helpful in combating virus

A few thoughts on the pandemic, the state’s latest directives, and being responsible for ourselves: • The governor last week announced she’s relaxing more of her public health orders aimed at...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 20, 2020

Problem solving should be focus

Going quietly amid the noise of Congressional grandstanding, shouting pundits and a bombastic president, a bipartisan group of 50 members of the U.S. House of Representatives has been preparing the...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Opinion    May 20, 2020

Coronavirus deadlier to businesses

The disease experts and the panic-pushing media initially scared the pants off California’s 40 million people with their predictions about the death toll of the coronavirus pandemic. They said 25...

 

Rules changes reasonable, curb some excesses

When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos decided to revisit the rules governing sexual assault accusations at colleges, some victims’ advocates feared she would make it too difficult to hold assailants...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 13, 2020

Presidential lies shouldn't be a shock

President Donald Trump has lied repeatedly to the American people in order to enhance his chances for re-election. Shocked? Presidential lying shouldn’t even be news any more, but catching...

 

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