As an owner of five community newspapers in the Houston and Charlotte, N.C., markets, plenty of people took the time last week to reach out after hearing the crushing news of the fatal shootings at a community newspaper in Maryland. Some of the notes were more gracious than you could imagine. If you missed the story, a man named Jarrod Ramos is suspected of walking into the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, blockading the back door, and opening fire on a newsroom because the newspaper reported a crime Ramos admitted to committing back in 2011. Five people – editors, writers and assistants – died for their unrelenting accuracy. After hearing from so many of our local readers, and feeling immense gratitude for the people who took the time to offer encouraging words, I’d like to offer some … [Read more...] about Just briefly, Annapolis tragedy gave pause to insta-news
Dear Editor: I shook my head when I read Alfred Wardell’s comment that President Trump “is dangerous to the country, our values, our allies and democracy itself.” It looks like he was handed the DNC’s talking points to recite. Mr. Wardell forgets that unhinged liberal Democrats are responsible for trying to assassinate Rep. Steve Scalise and other Republicans playing baseball, calling for the kidnapping of Barron Trump by a pedophile, conducting mock beheadings of the President, harassing Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen in public, protesting violently against free speech on campuses and other callous behaviors that are rarely criticized by CNN, NBC, CBS or ABC. The recent mass left-wing hysteria opposing the enforcement of existing immigration laws is particularly … [Read more...] about Reader: Dangerous to All?
GALVESTON – This town has an assortment of neighborhoods such as beautiful old mansions next to pawn shops. The mansions were probably built in a neighborhood of mansions at that time. Here is one example: Ashton Villa, a magnificent home now sitting across the street from a seedy-looking loan company. Scattered around the area are equally well-worn establishments. It was built by James Moreau Brown, beginning in 1859. The family occupied the house until at least 1926. But what happened on the villa’s second story balcony changed Texas’ history and, eventually, America’s. In a word: Juneteenth. Actually, according to the calendar, the date was June 19th, but this year even Apple added Juneteenth to its calendars under official U.S. holidays. The date was recently celebrated, but if you’re … [Read more...] about A Portmanteau to celebrate
At some point over the past couple of years – who knows, maybe decades – our nation lost its collective mind. You know it’s true; I do, too. Historians will point to Election Day 2016 as the dénouement of the Great American Sanity – that midnight hour when the unthinkable, for everyone, happened. The historians, as can sometimes happen, will be wrong. They won’t address why Americans became more loyal to political parties than to, say, neighbors or churches. They won’t spend enough time on the impact of constant, unfiltered streams of thought that became mainstream rivers of finality. One thing is certain: The amount of information available about this period of our nation’s history will fill libraries with superficial details about the era that split a nation. You know what … [Read more...] about Political reactions fit better on national pages
Dear Editor: Mr. Ashby is clearly a talented writer, but if I wanted the latest hot take on President Trump there isn’t exactly a shortage of options at my disposal. As a community newspaper The Leader should give us a break and stick to local and state issues. Aaron Dear Editor: Even though many of us are not mind doctors, it is apparent that some type of disconnect exists in Donald Trump. I would assume many Democrats, independents and some Republicans view Trump the same, as being unstable. It is very disturbing to many of us that his base is blind to President Trump’s destructive behavior. Republican leaders in the old days had the courage to compromise in Congress and do what was right for America. During a Watergate hearing concerning Nixon, James Baker asked, “What did he … [Read more...] about Reader: Home of the Brave? Nope