Category: Op/Ed by Gorrell

Lessons Of Innocence

By Ken GorrellContributing Writer Leave it to Senate Democrats to degrade the proceedings of the “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body” beyond their 1991 low-point discussing “pubic hair on a Coke can.” When the stakes are high, Democrats go low. Advice and consent; if only the Founders could have known how their posterity would weaponize this simple

Killing The Golden Goose

By Ken GorrellContributing Writer Two weeks ago in this space I asked, “What’s the Matter with New Hampshire?” The question was aimed at unhappy and confused Republican voters who, according to a poll, thought it would be a good idea for President Trump to face a Republican challenger in 2020. Given GOP voters’ participation in

What’s the Matter With New Hampshire?

by Ken Gorrell,Weirs Times Contributing Writer In his 2004 best-seller, What’s the Matter with Kansas?, Thomas Frank questioned the sanity of social-conservative voters who, he contended, voted against their economic best interests by voting for Republicans. Frank is an establishment liberal, so naturally he defined “best interests” using his own fantasy version of the Kansas

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer America lost an irreplaceable voice last week with the passing of Aretha Franklin. If your knowledge of her music is limited to popular hits like “Respect,” “Think,” and “Chain of Fools,” I recommend reading the New York Times’ obituary of the Queen of Soul. The yin to the

The Old Man Versus The Grey Lady

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer The Old Man of the Mountains fell from high above Profile Lake fifteen years ago, but it remains the symbol of the Granite State, and always will. I can’t pinpoint the year when the Gray Lady – the New York Times – fell from journalistic grace, but I’m

Giant Sucking Sound

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer “Correction: An earlier version of this article included a debunked statistic that Americans throw away 500M drinking straws a day, or 1.6 a day per person. Previous tweets with the article will be deleted, and an updated tweet will be issued.” That’s what happens when a mainstream media

Right To Try

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer “Thousands of terminally ill Americans will finally have hope, and the fighting chance…that they will be helped…,” Trump said while signing the “Right to Try” bill giving terminally ill patients access to experimental treatments not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (May, 2018) “Millions of

A Little Child Shall (Mis)lead Them

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer To be fair, it’s not the children who are doing the misleading. It’s the adults who are using them as props. Children are being used as tools to game (and beat) our immigration laws and to advance a pro-illegal alien political position. It’s a disgusting spectacle, brought to

Mr. Negron Goes to Washington

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer If the voters of the 2nd Congressional District are smart, we’ll send Steve Negron to Washington, D.C. next year. While any of the declared Republican challengers to Rep. Ann McLane Kuster would be preferable to the incumbent, I believe Mr. Negron is the best candidate for the office.

Appropriate This!

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer An old Scottish proverb holds that open confession is good for the soul. To honor my Scottish ancestors, I have a confession to make: In middle school, I was a drug-pushing pimp. Well, I played a drug-pushing pimp on stage. In 1977, I played the role of Sportin’

BSA, RIP

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer We must depend upon the Boy Scout Movement to produce the MEN of the future. – Daniel Carter Beard It’s never easy to lose something close to our hearts. It’s especially hard when the loss was preventable and the result of pure malevolence. The Boy Scouts of America

Making Schoolhouse Rock

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Bob Dorough died last week, but his music lives on. It lives on not just in his jazz recordings, but also in the minds of millions of kids who grew up watching “Schoolhouse Rock,” the animated series of educational cartoon shorts that first hit the air on Saturday

Esse Quam Videri

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer As state mottos go, “Live Free or Die” is unrivaled. We have the best state motto in the nation. But North Carolina’s Latin motto, Esse Quam Videri – translated as “To Be, Rather Than to Seem” – makes my list of the Top Five. The idea of “being”

Context and Confidence

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Three years ago this week I penned “School-to-Prison Pipeline?,” for the March 5th, 2015 edition of the Weirs Times. It could have been written yesterday. I wrote that “Our education system should be refocused on meeting the educational needs of those children capable of functioning in a classroom.

The Seed of Evil

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.  ― Aesop Evil has been with mankind since the beginning. Yet we still seem surprised when it moves out of the shadows and makes its presence known, as it did in Parkland, Florida, last week. Before