Mariano: A badge of honor

“To be sure, even a single incident of police misconduct is unacceptable. But a comparatively small number of unprofessional actions should not overshadow the tens of thousands of police actions that have helped keep our community safe.”

Mariano: In praise of our teachers

“When I was a student, teachers were generally treated with respect. Over the last several years, we have seen and heard about many of our teachers who were knocked to the ground, some literally knocked unconscious, by disruptive students.”

Mariano: Area Trump supporters have their say

“I often ask myself: How could anyone support this guy? What kind of a person would support someone who, to me, was such a ‘total disaster?’ … So I contacted my friends (who support Trump) and asked them to tell me why they supported Trump.”