April 18, 2014

Labor unions show selfish disregard for nation

Danedri Thompson
Columnist
The labor unions need to get in line behind the rest of us.
According to a Washington Post story, labor unions are warning Democratic leaders that they are in danger of losing support of union members if …

Big-foot-sized carbon footprints in store for 2014

Danedri Thompson
Columnist
With the new year right around the corner, I’m making plans to lessen my carbon footprint to approximately the size of Al Gore’s carbon footprint. If I’m lucky the Nobel Peace Prize voters will take notice.
Former …

Conservatives cede middle ground with silence

Danedri Thompson
Columnist
Conservatives are ceding the middle ground to liberal talking points every day. It’s not that we aren’t principled – it’s that conservatives, by nature, seek not to offend. By doing so, we’re losing a very important battle …

Back-to-school time means unhappy teachers

Danedri Thompson
Columnist
It’s back to school time, which comes with a litany of prayers for teachers and complaining about how tough a role teaching truly is.
My favorite example is a whiny Florida teacher’s essay that went viral in …

COLUMN: Social media paints ugly picture of Gardner

Danedri Thompson

Columnist

I grew up in Gardner. With brief stops in other communities to work for newspapers, airlines and attend college, this has been my life-long home. I’m married to another Gardner kid, and we chose to make our …

Americans in a strange land that used to be sane

Danedri Thompson
columnist
Everyday, I feel more and more like a stranger in a strange land. And it’s about to get worse. I hate to quote the completely idiotic Michael Moore, but occasionally, it’s necessary: Dude, where’s my country?
We’re …

Advice for the discerning high school graduate

Danedri Thompson
columnist
Dear Graduate,
I have some good news and some bad news for you as you prepare to collect your high school diploma this weekend.
The good news: Other than the piece of paper that declares you a …

Evil triumphed in Pennsylvania clinic

Danedri Thompson
Columnist
I’m writing this grisly column because my news junkie brother did not recognize the name “Kermit Gosnell” when I used it in conversation the other day.
I’m writing this column to give voice to the dozens, perhaps …

Maybe Mayans weren’t predicting doomsday, but the end of reason

Danedri Thompson
Columnist
The Mayans may have been onto something.
If you’re reading this, chances are the world did not or will not end on Dec. 21. Maybe the Mayans weren’t prophesying the death of all people, but instead the …

Council appointee couldn’t be bothered to vote

Danedri Thompson
columnist
It’s high time the Gardner City Council make changes to the way it appoints to the council.
We’re down another one, with the departure of appointed member Brian Broxterman, and the community’s new appointee to the city …