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Columns

  • Byerley: Continued fight for freedom
  • Fabyanic: Enforcing laws isn’t so simple

    And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned around on you – where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? – “A Man for All Seasons” by Robert Bolt

    That is spoken by Sir Thomas More to his future son-in-law William prior to More’s beheading by Henry VIII. Using trees as a metaphor, he continues.

  • Fabyanic: Origins of Trumpism

    For Donald Trump, it’s always about him. His biography broadcasts that loudly and clearly. With each new tweet and campaign-style utterance, he reinforces and amplifies his narcissistic, pathological personality. The recent episode in Japan in which the Navy went to great pains to mask the USS John McCain name spoke about the man-child’s thin skin.

    But the existential crisis America is facing is more than about Trump; it’s about that which he personifies and symbolizes: Trumpism.

  • Byerley: Highway camping and overall laziness

    Camping 200 feet from a house and a stone’s throw from a major highway isn’t camping. It’s called sleeping on the side of the road.

  • Byerley: Jena Griswold should resign

    By Nicole Byerley

    Our Secretary of State, Jena Griswold, needs to resign. Several weeks ago, she made a public statement that she would not be sending her office staff to Certified Election Registration Administrator training and certification in Auburn, Ala.  

  • Fabyanic: Far from the madding crowd

    There’s a line in Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” that resonates with those wanting to shut off the noise and detach from the grid: “Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife.”

  • Fabyanic: Grappling with understanding America

    I loved teaching “Moby Dick.” Herman Melville’s novel is chock full of scenes and passages rife with imagery and complexity that challenged my students to think more deeply. One scene, Ahab talking to a decapitated whale head, stretched the bounds of their reasoning landscape.

  • Byerley: No boundaries

    Last week I watched a girl in her late teens throw a veritable tantrum in a department store because her mother refused to buy her a pair of skin-tight shorts that exposed the underside of her butt cheeks. While I silently commended the mother for setting some boundaries with her teenage daughter, I cringed in horror as her daughter threw the clothes on the floor, slammed the dressing room door and stormed out of the store, making a scene.

  • Byerley: Ugh, snow

    We knew it was on its way, but we hung on to the hope that just maybe the forecast was wrong. Saturday and Sunday were gorgeous. I was finally able to sit out on the deck in a pair of shorts and a T-shirt to read a book and drink a cup of tea. Finally, shorts!

    I had to step inside after about 15 minutes because I felt like I was starting to burn. Sun, glorious sun, and much needed vitamin D. It felt wonderful on my newly bared skin.

  • Fabyanic: Vaccines’ story of hope

    The recently concluded legislative session was a doozy. Much pragmatic, common-sense legislation was enacted primarily because the can-do party was in power while the party-of-no was relegated to the backbench by voters frustrated with its inaction and ineptitude.

    As Sen. Julie Gonzalez phrased it, “This is what we ran on. This is the transformative policy we fought for.”