Bill Harder Sr.

Reader Input: Money yesterday, today and forever

The motto of the Medici families that ruled Florence, then Tuscany for most of three centuries, explained the workings of politics: “Money to get power, power to protect mone ...

Reader Input: Common sense, not extremism

Inscribed in the ancient temple at Delphi were the words “Nothing to excess.” For Aristotle, it meant the desired middle between two extremes: excess and deficiency ... ...

Reader Input: Help ISIS self-immolate in its own zeal

President Obama says ISIS is not Islamic. Graeme Wood, in a 13-page article for “The Atlantic,” states that “ISIS is Islamic. Very Islamic.” Very Islamic, a ...

Reader Input: Let ideas open minds

Ideas open minds. They create our history and shape the future. Consider our experiment with democracy. In his book, “Madison and The Making of America,” Kevin Gutzma ...

Reader Input: Bullet train a pipe dream

“I like trains,” says Gov. Jerry Brown. “I like to get up, walk around and shake hands.” Nice. You can shake hands on rapid transit without blowing $68 bill ...

Reader Input: Issues must be squared away

In “Brown needed more guidance,” (Reader Input, Dec. 2), Don Greer put his finger on the pulse: the issue of misbehavior resulting in the death of Michael Brown. Had ...

Reader input: We have the cart before the horse?

The president’s speech on Wednesday revealed one certainty, while leaving much in doubt. The certainty: Obama’s reassurance that combating Islamic jihadists “wi ...

Reader Input: Stop ISIS cancer from spreading

It seems our president may be dragged by the foot into Syria. Realty trumps a failed foreign policy — a policy in which bad guys flourish. Sen. (Dianne) Feinstein stated th ...

Reader Input: Watching while world crumbles

When released from U.S. custody in Camp Bucca, Iraq in 2009, future ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi warned commanding officer Lt. Col. Kenneth King: “I’ll see you guys ...

Reader Input: We may come full circle in Iraq

The mess that’s Iraq today began when the Ottoman Empire was dismantled by World War I. What was, was no more, and much of the Middle East was up for grabs. For their share o ...