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Today's Opinions

  • Remembering Mrs. Chris Sisk

    The recent passing of Mrs. Chris Sisk triggered 1950’s memories of the “Ben Franklin Five and Ten Cent” store on Springfield’s Main Street. The glass bins of candy filled with chocolate stars, corn candy, malt balls, and many other candies come to mind. Mrs. Sisk was the proprietor who was also a gifted whistler. She was often called upon to provide entertainment at local events.

  • Black Friday is not for weenies

    “Shopping is a woman thing. It’s a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase.”

    Erma Bombeck

    You want to live life on the edge? Then my suggestion is to go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, infamously known as “Black Friday.”

  • St. Dominic community Thanksgiving dinner

    “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”

    Mother Teresa

    A community Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the St. Dominic Elementary School cafeteria on Thanksgiving Day at no charge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages, cultures, and religions are welcome. It’s meant for people who just want to share this blessed time with others.

  • What goes around, comes around

    I can’t remember the first time I heard the old saying “What goes around, comes around” but I’m pretty sure it was during a lesson by my grandmother about the virtues of being kind or staying out of trouble. It can really apply to many things, but have you ever thought about this phrase as it relates to our local economy?

  • Students to perform random acts of kindness

    Dear Editor,

    Washington County Middle School students will be initiating a project titled “Pay It Forward”.

  • The last veteran's celebration

    I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.

    Abraham Lincoln

    One Iraqi war veteran, Phillip Campbell, told me that Washington County does more for veterans than any other community that he knows. The biggest celebration has been the one at Washington County High. My father, a World War II vet, attends every year and positively beams when he talks about it.

    Yet there are numerous other smaller events that don’t always receive mention.

  • Reader not pleased with EMS changes

    Dear Editor,

    I have just sat down to read the paper and noticed an article on EMS. I must admit that I was hurt and angry. You see my husband, John White, was one of those people who had to be gotten up a total of six times. He had cancer and was so weak he could not even crawl, much less walk. You know this was a very painful and humiliating thing for both of us. This is not something you do just because you can. He was a proud man and did not want to lose his dignity, but he had no choice.

  • Fredericktown school closing sad to former student

    Dear Editor,

    Life says there is a season for everything, that given enough time most people, places and things will change, therefore I’m not easily moved these days. In fact, little surprises me, but when I read that Fredericktown Elementary School would be closing its doors, I admit I was saddened.

    Aware that FES was facing a potential closing, I remained optimistic about its future, and for the most part because that very rumor was circulating back some 30-plus years ago when I was a student at FES.