Today's Opinions

  • Being together outdoors helps build family bonds

    The “Every Kid in a Park” initiative seeks to connect kids and families with the outdoors.

    Every fourth grade student in the United States and their families are eligible for free admission to all national parks and other federal land fee areas for a full year. Entrance fees will be free but fees for special activities such as tours and camping will still be charged.

  • War on police is not OK

    To the editor:

    I usually do not to get in here and rant and rave or stand up on a soapbox and preach, but things are happing in this country that are hitting too close to home for me not to say something.

    As of today my fellow brothers in blue and this nation have lost 83 real heroes, not someone who people call hero because he plays sports, someone that sings songs or someone embracing there identity and doing so in a public way to help move forward a constructive dialogue about progress and acceptance.

  • Note to self: It’s the cars, stupid, not the trucks

    Column as I see ’em …

    I jumped at the chance to take photos of (alleged) guilty truckers getting speeding tickets while they barreled through the treacherous stretch of Highway 151 in Alton.

    Det. Sgt. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office called and asked me to join him for a couple of hours of speed monitoring, saying it would help me “gain some perspective” following my column last week that hit the state DOT fairly hard for not shutting down that road to large trucks.

  • Time is right to divide day lilies, iris, peonies

    I am loving the evenings. Watching the sun set is one of my all-time favorite things to do and lately we had some spectacular ones.

    Not only is the weather delightful, the evening concerts are, too. Mother Nature provides it all for free.

  • Make sure your teenager gets enough sleep

    Teens are more adversely affected by sleep issues and missed sleep than younger children.

    Habits that may interfere with getting enough sleep include: staying up late chatting with friends, watching TV, playing video games, or staying up late to study or finish homework.

    For teens it may seem like a waste of time when you’ve got so much going on. But sleep can help you do better in school, stress less, and generally be more pleasant to have around.

    Sound good?

  • As summer winds down, flea problems become worse

    Flea problems tend to peak at the end of summer.

    Dealing with an infestation requires a significant amount of time, patience, and effort, as well as an approach that includes consideration of both the pet and its environment.

    Only an estimated 5 percent of the fleas in an infestation on animals are adults. About 50 percent are in the egg stage, 35 percent are larvae and about 10 percent are pupae.

  • Briscoe thankful for community support

    To the editor:

    Thank you for the unbelievable amount of support I have received since the situation at the home opening football game.

    The letters, calls, stop-ins and conversations have truly been overwhelming and appreciated. There are others who deserve our thanks for all that they and their families have done over the years. These include pillars of our community: Doc Wash, Tracy Briscoe and Angie Smith, along with Dr. Joe Dobner and all the ATCs who have volunteered their services.

  • Visit to middle school cafeteria surprisingly pleasant

    Long before gluten was widely touted as the root of all evil and kale became the green of everlasting life, lunch was my favorite subject during school.

    I remember the guessing game my friends would play during our long march to the cafeteria, were we going to be treated to huge cinnamon rolls and savory chili today. Surely to goodness there would be chocolate pudding.