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Today's Opinions

  • Vietnam vet story was ‘wonderful’

    To the editor:

    Staff writer Ricki Barker did the most wonderful job on the story headlined “Vets have lifelong bond,” about the Vietnam War buddies who reunited after 44 years.

    Great job, Ricki! Thanks for making it a proud time, not the terrible time it was.

    Terry Covington Sr.

    Lawrenceburg

  • Media should stop naming, showing killers

    To the editor:

    Evil debuted in the Garden of Evil. Since its famous debut, it has filled history books with infamous dates and egregious crimes like the recent church shooting in South Carolina, which also launched subsequent attacks on the wrong fronts.

  • No easy answers for monument

    Column as I see ’em …

    A black man I interviewed last week about the appropriateness of the Confederate soldier monument in front of the county courthouse caught me off guard.

    “What do you think should happen to it?” he asked me while I was jotting down his response to the same question.

    I glanced up from my notebook and quickly realized that I had no idea what to say and, as write this column at 3 a.m. Tuesday, I still don’t.

  • Enjoy day at the beach right here at home

    I just spent seven days in one of my favorite places on earth, the beach.

    I have always been a lover of sun and water but the older I get I appreciate fresh seafood more and more.

    Besides building sand castles, riding boogie boards and waking up early with my little ones to watch the sun rise over the ocean, one of my favorite things to do is to go to the fish market every day and get their latest catch.

  • As usual, mom was right

    I am convinced that there is no worse feeling than when your local gas station clerk looks at you with pity and informs you that your card was declined because you only have $2 left in your bank account.

    I stood there dumbfounded, mentally calculating all my recent purchases. There was no way I could have spent that much money in two days.

  • Now’s the time to check plant health

    Mother Nature sure has been generous with the rain. Of course, there are pros and cons to everything. The bugs have been snacking on my flowers big time, and every time I think about spraying a repellent or sulphur on the leaves, rain comes.

    My roses are having a really tough time with both insects and black spot. If black spot is just beginning to show itself, spray with a mixture of 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of vegetable or horticultural oil in a gallon of water and spray the entire plant.

  • Know when to treat for pesky weevil

    Yellow poplar weevils, also known as sassafras or magnolia weevils, are small black beetles that damage yellow poplar, sassafras, and magnolia. A distinct snout projecting from the front of the head occasionally causes them to be mistaken for ticks.

    Feeding damage

    Adults leave distinctive pockmark-type feeding pits in leaves that resemble curved rice grains in size and shape. Intense feeding may cause much of the leaf to turn brown. This insect occasionally becomes abundant enough to cause visible injury.

  • Court correct on same-sex marriage

    To the editor:

    I read with interest Editor Ben Carlson’s column on the Supreme Court decision to allow gays to marry legally in last week’s paper.

    You have a libertarian, unusual opinion that the government should not be involved in the union of any two people — in other words, anyone should be able to marry anyone else without the benefit of a marriage license, or a legal permission slip, as you called it.