http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en CIA’s culture needs an overhaul http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/cia%E2%80%99s-culture-needs-overhaul <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fabyanic-jerry_3.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Since the 15th century when Tomas de Torquemada made his mark, his name has become synonymous with torture. Torquemada was a Dominican monk, quite pious, it is said, in his private life but fanatical in his public role. He was appointed by Spain&rsquo;s Most Catholic Majesties Ferdinand II and Isabella I of Spain to head the Inquisition.</p> <p> Torquemada was aptly named, in that torque means &ldquo;to twist, turn, turn about, twist awry, and torture.&rdquo; That is what he did to human bodies.</p> CIA’s culture needs an overhaul http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/cia%E2%80%99s-culture-needs-overhaul <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fabyanic-jerry_3.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Since the 15th century when Tomas de Torquemada made his mark, his name has become synonymous with torture. Torquemada was a Dominican monk, quite pious, it is said, in his private life but fanatical in his public role. He was appointed by Spain&rsquo;s Most Catholic Majesties Ferdinand II and Isabella I of Spain to head the Inquisition.</p> <p> Torquemada was aptly named, in that torque means &ldquo;to twist, turn, turn about, twist awry, and torture.&rdquo; That is what he did to human bodies.</p> November election was good and bad http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/november-election-was-good-and-bad <p> It&rsquo;s been a month since the 2014 elections, and the post-mortems have been written ad infinitum. I promise to be brief with regard to it.</p> November election was good and bad http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/november-election-was-good-and-bad <p> It&rsquo;s been a month since the 2014 elections, and the post-mortems have been written ad infinitum. I promise to be brief with regard to it.</p> Assisted suicide a contentious battle http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/assisted-suicide-contentious-battle <p> <em>&ldquo;Death, be not proud, though some have called thee</em></p> <p> <em>Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so, </em></p> <p> <em>For, those whom thou think&rsquo;st, thou dost overthrow </em></p> <p> <em>Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>&mdash; John Donne, &ldquo;Holy Sonnets: Number 10&rdquo;</em></p> <p> &ldquo;I am not suicidal,&rdquo; wrote Brittany Maynard. &ldquo;If I were, I would have consumed that medication long ago. I do not want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms.&rdquo;</p> Assisted suicide a contentious battle http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/assisted-suicide-contentious-battle <p> <em>&ldquo;Death, be not proud, though some have called thee</em></p> <p> <em>Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so, </em></p> <p> <em>For, those whom thou think&rsquo;st, thou dost overthrow </em></p> <p> <em>Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>&mdash; John Donne, &ldquo;Holy Sonnets: Number 10&rdquo;</em></p> <p> &ldquo;I am not suicidal,&rdquo; wrote Brittany Maynard. &ldquo;If I were, I would have consumed that medication long ago. I do not want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms.&rdquo;</p> Reflecting on not-so-glorious history http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/reflecting-not-so-glorious-history <p> For the past several months, the world has been confronted with the horror of psychopaths beheading hostages. Decent men and women have decried the subhuman behavior by ISIS, the Islamic State. President Obama condemned the latest of five-to-date executions as &ldquo;an act of pure evil by a terrorist group.&rdquo;</p> <p> One-hundred-fifty years ago on Nov. 29, 1864, American &ldquo;soldiers&rdquo; engaged in a similar atrocity, an act of barbarism that has become known as the Sand Creek Massacre.</p> Reflecting on not-so-glorious history http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/reflecting-not-so-glorious-history <p> For the past several months, the world has been confronted with the horror of psychopaths beheading hostages. Decent men and women have decried the subhuman behavior by ISIS, the Islamic State. President Obama condemned the latest of five-to-date executions as &ldquo;an act of pure evil by a terrorist group.&rdquo;</p> <p> One-hundred-fifty years ago on Nov. 29, 1864, American &ldquo;soldiers&rdquo; engaged in a similar atrocity, an act of barbarism that has become known as the Sand Creek Massacre.</p>