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Today's Opinions

  • City building inspector cares about getting homeowners to clean up their act

    Tom Bond, a representative from the mayor’s office, contacted me yesterday concerning a grievance I had with people who infringe on other people who truly care for their property.

    We talked yesterday, he replaced Jim Grider and Jim always seemed to take my grievance with a grain of salt.

    Not Tom Bond, he is out and about insuring our town is getting cleaned up one yard at a time.

  • Is a three-day workweek feasible?

    Carlos Sims, the second richest man in the world, recently advocated for a global three-day workweek at a conference in Paraguay. Though the concept of a shorter workweek isn’t new, Sims’ comments have opened up an ongoing debate of Americans being overworked.

    Under Sims’ proposal, employees would work 11-hour shifts, making the work total 33 hours.

    “Four days off would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of being occupied,” Sims was quoted in The Washington Post.

  • Back-to-school shopping on a budget

    It is officially back-to-school season. Many retailers have started running back to school shopping ads and with less than two weeks before the first day of school, it’s time to start planning for your back to school needs.

  • Converting from year-round calving to breeding season

    Maintaining a controlled breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for cow-calf producers. Uniform, heavier and more valuable calves are key reasons to keep the breeding season short. Plus, more efficient cow supplementation and cow herd health programs are products of a short breeding season. However, you shouldn’t convert from yearlong breeding to a shortened breeding season without a lot of planning.

  • City provides little incentive for homeowners to clean up their act

    Our mayor’s office and its' officers do an extremely poor job encouraging  

    homeowners to keep their properties uncluttered.

    Many homes in many subdivisions are eyesores in this bedroom community.  

    Property is consistently devalued due to elected officials poor executions of their sworn duties.

    Respectable homeowners who take pride in their properties have to live around other people who seem to take pleasure in trashing their property. It is evident that pride in appearance takes a back seat to trash.

     

  • Get Well, Senator Ford

    I am one of those guys that writes my congressman.

    No, I don't write about everything that comes up, but every so often some current issue, personal interaction with the government or proposed legislation prompts me to sit down at the computer and type out a few hundred words. Usually after giving it a day or so to rehash in my mind, I give the post office some change and send it on.

  • Seeing beauty, amidst tragedy

    As a reporter, I’ve encountered people who have witnessed or lost loved ones in a tragic event.

    I’ve often wondered, “What could I possibly say to comfort someone who lost their home in a house fire or lost a child in a car crash?”

    I turn on the news when I get home, more bad news. Sometimes, I just have to turn off the TV; “I’ve met my quota of tragedy for day. I can’t take anymore,” I sometimes think. Just this week it seems like there was plenty to go around.

  • Editorial Cartoon -- reporting from Fort Knox