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Today's Opinions

  • Good column: Utility CEOs focus on climate change at electricity summit

    As one of the world’s most significant concerns, climate change was a major topic when utility CEOs gathered at last week’s International Electricity Summit in Japan.   
    I was honored to represent the United States and Duke Energy at the summit. We acknowledged that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to address climate change. Each country comes at this issue based on its own unique circumstances that reflect its natural resources, economic profile, market structure and political dynamics.

  • Matthews column: Republican candidates flip-flop on ethanol

    If the presidential election process didn’t begin in Iowa, ethanol would likely be a memory.
    But because the election process begins in Iowa, where nearly half of the corn grown is converted to ethanol, most Republican candidates, who make a career of denouncing crony capitalism, have come to embrace the ethanol mandate, even as they decry Obamacare for forcing Americans to have health insurance.

  • Henderson letter: Make sustainable eating your goal this Earth Day

    Just in time for the 45th anniversary of Earth Day today, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has made it official: U.S. consumption of animal products is not environmentally sustainable at current levels.  
    Their conclusion matches those of a comprehensive 2010 United Nations finding that a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and climate change.

  • Walker column: Bedtime story for a sleeping nation

    Once, there was a great land where the people dreamed of being free from an oppressive monarchy. They suffered great insult and loss of freedom until they rose up and threw off the evil king.

  • St. Louis letter: No one is locked out; key is your vote

    This letter is in reference to “Obama locks out everyone” in the April 10 newspaper by guest columnist Rudy Schmidt.
    The analogy of the suicide and murder of 149 people to the actions of President Barack Obama is tasteless. You can disagree with all that Obama has done during his term as president, but his actions and your desperation are not comparable to the helplessness of 149 persons as they plummeted to their deaths.

  • Evans letter: County government not responding to citizens’ concerns

    From actual experience, I know you folks down at the paper really do read the stuff people send in for publication. But I betcha the things that concern the readers are rarely noted by the folks we employ to “run” the business of government.

  • Holland column: Convenience center sites – ‘Serious crisis’ for county?

    You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before,” said Rahm Emanuel in November 2008.
    Is it possible this policy is being factored into decisions and actions taken by our county officials?
    Case in point

  • Knapp column: Constitutional convention dangerous and unnecessary

    Supporters of a national constitutional convention, as provided for in Article V of the U.S. Constitution, have gained the support of 27 state legislatures for the idea. They need 34.
    Republicans and Democrats are at war both with each other and within their own parties over the proposal. Some Republicans want such a convention for the purpose of getting a “balanced budget” amendment.
    Some Democrats also want a convention for the purpose of overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and regulating political campaign spending.