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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letters to the editor - 8.26

    This American will not stand for socialism

    To the editor:

    I offer the following points about the ongoing debate over government-run health care:

    1. Where in our Constitution does it state that health care is a right or that the federal government is ordained to force health care upon the populace without its consent?

    2. The Canadian health care system is on the verge of bankruptcy, following our own in Massachusetts and California government run health care plans, which are billions of dollars in the red.

  • EDITORIAL: Another commercial property bites the dust

    It’s frightening, really, that the board of health apparently never even considered the tax-base ramifications of building its new $2.1 million health department next door to Wal-Mart.

    That decision forever eliminates yet another piece of prime commercial real estate from the property tax rolls, a practice of public agencies here that is all too common and needs to stop.

  • COLUMN: Gardened out? Don’t quit just yet

    Well, the garden’s harvest is winding down for many.

    Folks are stocking the pantry with all the freshness of summer that can be done.

    Those of you with herb gardens need to step it up. The herbs are stronger before they go to flower.

  • COLUMN: Just because husband’s younger, doesn’t mean I’m robbing the cradle

    Just because my husband is six months younger than me doesn’t mean I’m robbing the cradle — even though it might look that way.

    Let me explain.

    On Sunday, Josh and I were enjoying a relaxing afternoon at home watching TV (I’m sure it was something sports related), when our doorbell rang.

    Our doorbell never rings. We almost never have unexpected visitors. We’re usually peering out the windows in anticipation of our guests arriving.

    Anyway, the doorbell rang, and Josh answered the door.

  • COLUMN: Blame state government for school tax increase

    Column as I see ’em ...

    At first blush it was easy to be outraged at the very idea that the school board is considering for a 5.25 percent increase to the tax rate.

    In times like these? When unemployment stands at 10 percent locally and people are being foreclosed on at a record rate?