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Today's Opinions

  • ‘Honey wagon’ owner owes me pair of sneakers

    You know you’re having a bad evening when you’ve just stepped in a nightmarish stew of someone else’s feces, urine, used toilet paper and God only knows what else.
    Remote in hand, I had just settled in for some Monday Night Football when my phone rang. It was a tip that someone had just illegally offloaded a septic tank trunk on Wildcat Road and the caller figured I’d want that story for this week’s paper.

  • Community thanked for election day cooperation

    Another election has come and gone. Even though we experienced a large voter turnout, we had very few problems.
    As usual, the Attorney General’s Office visited several of the voting locations looking for voter fraud and election officer compliance. Nothing was found.

  • Beat cold with indoor garden

    Like it or not winter is rolling in on us and Mother Nature is doing her best to get us used to it.
    Cold nights, with a low of 19 so far at the farm, and 50-degree days help our bodies adjust to the upcoming change. It’s like having continuous nudges that winter is on its way. Still, how many had to scramble to find their ice scrapper the other day?

  • Extension offers parenting program Dec. 12

    Is there a perfect parent? I’m interested in hearing from you. If the answer is yes, my guess is that every perfect parent needs the same thing. Think about it.
    Past studies on parenting styles suggest that parents may get what they want by the way they parent, i.e. parents who believe that obedience is the most important characteristic will parent in a way that encourages obedience.

  • Jesus, Republican Party aren’t coming back

    To the editor:
    On March 20, 2003, the US and its allies began the “shock and awe “ air strikes over Baghdad, Iraq.
    Those watching the event through the media sat amazed while the voices and faces of those even remotely connected to the apocalyptic deluge mirrored, well, shock and awe.

  • Thankful for guardian angels

    To the editor:
    With just celebrating Thanksgiving I felt as if now was the time to share a part of what our family had to be thankful for: protecting angels.
    On Oct. 29, our sister, Linda Hardin, fell in front of the Dollar Store off Broadway.
    One shoe flew off, her hands were scuffed and her knees sore when embarrassment set in. All of a sudden she heard the voices of angels.

  • Herndon an example of why Republicans lost

    To the editor:
    Sports editor John Herndon’s recent column (for the most part it resembles the recent Republican platform wrapped in biblical quotes) is a prime example as to why the Republicans experienced a resounding national defeat, and why religion should never be part of the publicly funded education system or the government.
    If being a Christian is defined by supporting the extreme right wing policies of intolerance, sexism and racism, Buddhism looks pretty good to me.

  • Dismantling Black Friday myth

    Blood gushes from an open wound on a stranger’s head.
    She uses her newly purchased bathroom towels (a deal at two for $10) to clot the gore.
    An elderly gentleman plays discount sweater tug of war with a fellow shopper, using his teeth in an attempt to snag the marked-down sweater for himself.  
    In the days leading up to my first Black Friday excursion, I imagined myself a front-row witness to the above fabled retail battlefield.