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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Being in the mud doesn’t make you dirty

    Just because you’re in the mud, it doesn’t make you dirty. Have you ever heard that? What about don’t judge a book by its cover? That’s something we should all know, and something that brought a lot of meaning to me the Sunday before last at church.

  • COLUMN: Pit bull owners have last laugh

    That laughing you hear (metaphorically speaking, at least) is coming from irresponsible pit bull owners who just finished reading this week’s front page.

    Yep, all the hubris and tough talk from the fiscal court earlier this year about making vicious dogs much more difficult to own now resembles what my dog leaves each morning in the back yard.

    A pile of you know what.

  • Letters to the editor - 9.9

    Septic tank ordinance a ‘public embarrassment’

    To the editor:

    In 2004, the board of health evidently enacted the septic tank ordinance for no valid reason, and now it is attempting to defend that action with such stalwart statements as “had to start somewhere” or it was based on “expert testimony.”

    Who were the experts? They must have been the septic tank pumpers since they are the only beneficiaries of the ordinance.

  • Letters to the editor - 9.2

    'I can't beat the city' on wooden crosses

    To the editor:

    My dad and uncle’s wooden cross meant so much to my family that I have been battling the city for almost four months to keep it up in the cemetery.

    I’m sure the people in the community are tired of hearing about it.

    I have realized now I can’t beat the city. The city has won this fight.

  • COLUMN: Tell-tale signs say winter is just around the corner

    Happy September. Is it me, or is everyone else feeling fall in the air? Doesn’t it seem just a tid bit early?

    We were talking at the library the other day and someone had noticed the nuts dropping already. My friend Jane said the squirrels were just gobbling them up. You know what that means?

  • COLUMN: Simple precautions can help avoid flu

    Swine flu, the flu and cold season. They’re all scary things to even think about and dread. Winter and fall are two great seasons, but the one thing that makes them bad is the flu and colds.

    The flu can turn deadly if not taken care of, as can a simple cold. That’s all the more reason to remind ourselves of how to stay away from them.

  • EDITORIAL: Lead, follow or get out of the way

    Want to know a dirty little secret?

    People who live in bedroom communities are eventually taxed to death — unless they leave before they die.

    That fate can be foiled, but only if that bedroom community wakes up in time to realize that adding an economic development base to its mix can stave off its demise.

  • COLUMN: Septic opponents should be careful what they wish for

    Screaming for government to be fair is sometimes no different than one sibling quibbling with another over who takes the first bath.

    Eventually, everyone gets a good soaking.

    Soaked is likely what everyone who owns a septic tank will eventually get, thanks to a crowd of about 50 people who voiced their displeasure during last Wednesday’s board of health meeting.