At this juncture in American history, when the citizenry seems to require frequent reminders of the landmark decisions and actions that poured and preserved the foundation of our constitutional democracy, we would do well to recall the transformative importance of Near v. Minnesota (1931), in which the Supreme Court delivered a ruling that built a wall of protection for freedom of the press against governmental censorship.

As Thanksgiving fast approaches individuals prepare themselves for debate on all political matters. However, this year I ask each of us that we set aside our political differences and look at each other not as opponents, but as family and friends.

I love old Westerns and while "The Searchers" may not be my favorite of the genre, it certainly exists as a title that is included in any serious discussion of western film.

Dates, places, times, experiences, people ... there are certain things that stick out in the forefront of your mind — things that are not easily forgotten. For me, many of those "things" are, in fact, people.

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In an article written in Harpers Weekly in 1913, Justice Louis Brandeis made the statement, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” And nothing shines a brighter light on government than newspapers.

It’s been a rough few days, or maybe a week - give or take. You know how those things go.

Nov. 1, was the date that paved the way for “the spirit of the season.” Many of you might be thinking, “Please, no! November first is much too early to begin talking about Christmas.” Don’t worry. I am saving the Christmas column for next month. This month I want to talk about a different season. One we typically don’t consider a season, but rather a holiday. A one-day celebration that occurs on the fourth Thursday of November. Just days away. I am talking about Thanksgiving.

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Did you get your deer? On Monday of this week, it was the question of the day as determined deer hunters returned to work with or without their trophy. We didn’t hunt this year. Our deer stand is buried in downed trees from last Memorial Day’s storms. Yes, we could have sawed our way through the debris, the stand is still in the tree and although the cushion is dead, the stand itself survived the storm unscathed. However, the downed trees changed the patterns of the deer trails, and now the stand is in the wrong place. Our freezer was full anyway and we had nowhere to put the meat, so we offered to provide hunting support.

The controversial use by college admission committees of an applicant’s race was the subject of a five-hour hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court this week in cases involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. The lengthy oral argument brought to a fever pitch the long simmering question of the constitutionality of race conscious programs—affirmative action policies-- that were upheld in the Court’s landmark ruling in 1978 in Regents of University of California v. Bakke.