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Today's Opinions

  • Good summer for books

    I’ve had my nose stuck in a book for as long as I can remember.

    When I’m not writing or editing at the newspaper or shooting hoops with my kids, I can usually be found with a book in my hands and a drink by my side.

    I read most any genre with the exception of romance and western. Although I must admit the only western I’ve read is “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry. And I quite enjoyed it.

    I love a good, solid summer read, and so far this summer I’ve hit a few homers with a string of books worthy of mention.

  • It’s time for America to wake up

    Is America at war? My answer is yes.

    Our culture, our religious freedom, the very foundation of our society is under attack. But I wish to be more specific. We are at war with Islamic Jihad. Just because we, America, has not declared war against them they have declared war on us and wish to destroy our very way of life.

    Just because you will not hear the facts reported on the 6 o’clock news from any of the networks does not make them less true.

  • Putting lives at risk should prove costly

    Column as I see ’em …

    The faces of the men and woman staring into the roiling water of the Salt River last Friday morning spoke volumes about the task that lay ahead of them.

    I’m not going to say they looked nervous but they certainly were concerned as they stood along a farmer’s fence line and came up with a strategy that was the least likely way to end up dead.

  • Good diet is key to healthy tomatoes

    Sunrise and sunset sure makes for a visual masterpiece and my favorite way to start and end each day.

    As the eighth month kicks off, we now have fewer hours of daylight to get stuff done. Today we have 14 hours and 22 minutes of it. By the time the full moon rises Aug, 18, we will only have 13 hours and 45 minutes of light. Not my favorite trend.

  • Flea infestations can be frustrating

    The cat flea is the most common external parasite of dogs and cats. These small, hopping insects also bite humans. In addition to the discomfort of bites and the chance of secondary infection by contamination of bite sites, the cat flea is an intermediate host of the dog tapeworm, the most common intestinal flatworm parasite of dogs and cats.

  • Children don’t realize all that they have

    I often wonder how our children will remember their childhood.

    This question is usually posed after one of them complains about something as anti-dramatic as wifi connectivity.

    I suppose it is at this point that I should start in on all the difficulties we faced back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when I was their age.

    “Back in the ‘80s, we didn’t have google, we had a card catalog and an outdated set of World Book encyclopedias,” I’d say.

    (Insert tween eye rolls here.)

  • Woman, 78, suffers in jail for no reason

     

    I’m not going to tell you the name of the person involved in this story because she’s already suffered enough.

    A local 78-year-old woman many of you would readily recognize spent four nights incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center earlier this month, where she was forced to sleep on a concrete floor in a freezing cell without the medication she needed.

    No, I’m not making this up.

    In that cell were seven and sometimes eight other women, three of them pregnant and, in her words, all “druggies.”

  • Woman, 78, suffers in jail for no reason

    I’m not going to tell you the name of the person involved in this story because she’s already suffered enough.

    A local 78-year-old woman many of you would readily recognize spent four nights incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center earlier this month, where she was forced to sleep on a concrete floor in a freezing cell without the medication she needed.

    No, I’m not making this up.

    In that cell were seven and sometimes eight other women, three of them pregnant and, in her words, all “druggies.”