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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Eye on the left: American, Not Confederate, Flag The Real Problem

Published Jun. 29 2015

Left-wing darling Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam group, thinks the country shouldn't stop at taking down the...

Effective Nuclear Agreement Out of Reach?

Published Jun. 28 2015

With the deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran only two days away, it now seems nearly impossible that a...

Marriage Ruling To Affect Far More Than Gays

Published Jun. 27 2015

For millennia, marriage has meant a covenant between one man and one woman.

Court determines will of Congress In ACA ruling

Published Jun. 26 2015

The unpopular Affordable Care Act lost its last chance to be remade into a truly affordable and workable health care...

Commissioners open the door to stacks of cash

Published Jun. 26 2015

The door is now wide open.

Removal of Confederate flag won't change polarized America

Published Jun. 24 2015

Contrary to what you might have heard, most Southerners don't spend their day thinking about the Confederate flag.

James Mapp a man who stepped up

Published Jun. 23 2015

If area residents, and especially area blacks, know the name of James R. Mapp only for his 26-year lawsuit to...

Coppinger's budget veto is fiscally responsible

Published Jun. 23 2015

Hamilton County commissioners found out Monday that "no" means "no" when it comes to taking money from the county's rainy...

Williams: 'I l ..., li ..., got mixed up'

Published Jun. 22 2015

NBC, which suspended news anchor Brian Williams in February for exaggerating or saying things that weren't true about what he...

Kicking debt down the road

Published Jun. 21 2015

If at least one party in Washington, D.C., didn't know it, the United States has a spending problem.

Drugs, Guns And The Coming Storm

Published Jun. 20 2015

It didn't take long for Dylann Storm Roof to become the stereotype of the white Southern conservative.

Shooting a bad dream that won't end

Published Jun. 19 2015

Why does it happen, we ask out loud. When it does, we feel a gnawing pain in the pit of...

Discretionary funds vote won't endear trust

Published Jun. 19 2015

When campaigning for re-election a year ago, Hamilton County commissioners didn't seem overly interested in keeping the $100,000 in discretionary...

Bush: The Good, The Bad And The Brother

Published Jun. 17 2015

John Ellis Bush offered up his official Isaiah moment to the 2016 Republican presidential primary electorate Monday: Here I am....

Eye On The Left: Who Will Be Offended Today?

Published Jun. 15 2015

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who recently lashed out against the plague of political correctness in the United States and how its...

Love Key In Marriage Ruling

Published Jun. 14 2015

Sometime this month, the United States Supreme Court will hand down a decision that effectively determines whether same-sex marriage shall...

Stumbling Toward A Bad Deal

Published Jun. 13 2015

As the calendar inches closer to the June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal between the United States and Western...

Santorum: No Backing Down

Published Jun. 12 2015

Don't expect a New Nixon campaign from Rick Santorum.

Punishing 'gangster' climate change deniers

Published Jun. 10 2015

A man elected to the United States Senate by a sovereign state has suggested to the Obama administration that it...

'Strategy' fleeting term in Iraq

Published Jun. 10 2015

If President Obama's words about United States strategy against the Islamic State sounded familiar, they should. He said virtually the...

Continue declining abortion trend

Published Jun. 9 2015

A recent Associated Press survey finds that abortions have declined since 2010 in states both where there are restrictions on...

Eye on the left: Longing For The 2000s?

Published Jun. 8 2015

His predecessor may have a little something to do with it, but the man who left the White House with...

Silverdale As Jail Site Makes Sense

Published Jun. 7 2015

Sheriff Jim Hammond knows he risks sounding like a broken record when he advocates a new jail for Hamilton County,...