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Today's Opinions

  • If it sounds too good to be true...

    I have little sympathy for some victims of identity theft. Not all, because some people simply have their private information stolen, and there’s little or nothing they could do to prevent it. I’ve even had someone hack into my bank account on the Internet, so I know it can happen to anybody, no matter how careful you think you might be.

  • The Lions

    No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.

    Ronald Reagan

    Throughout my life, I’ve seen the difference that volunteering efforts can make in people’s lives.

    Jimmy Carter

  • Squished, squeezed and squashed - to prevent cancer

    Squished.

    Squeezed.

    Squashed.

    I experienced all three of the above sensations last week when I had my very first mammogram at Spring View Hospital. And let me just say that “squished” is probably the most accurate of the three words above. But, there was also some squeezing and squashing involved. In fact, there are many other descriptive words I could use to describe my mammogram experience but they probably aren’t appropriate for the newspaper. I’ll save those for “girl talk” with my female friends and colleagues.

  • Mom and Dad's day away

    Every now and then it’s good if the parents of young kids can get away together for a few hours. Sometimes you need to step away from being a daddy or momma and just be a husband and wife again. It kind of renews the romance.

    There is one important point to make here. Kids tend to suck all the money out of you, along with your lifeblood, so it’s best if these are cheap affairs.

    Being a thoughtful husband I decided to make this happen for Cindy the other day while Fall Break was in session.

  • An alternative view of the presidency

    With the election coming up next month, I don’t know a single person who isn’t excited about this.

    I teach a class called “Diversity in Society” at St. Catharine College. Somehow the class got on the topic of who would win the upcoming election. One student in the class asked me whether it made any difference in people’s lives who won. I answered “no”, but a better answer might have been “not very much” or “not as much as I would like”.

  • Do our core values stand beside our vote?

    “Posterity — You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve YOUR freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”

    John Quincy Adams

    You’ll agree that John Quincy Adams left us powerful instructions. This is a great time to cozy back up to our core values and examine the power and responsibility of our right to vote.

  • School board work is team work

    It’s been years since I’ve tried to set anything down into print, but when Jeff Moreland agreed to let me submit a guest column, I couldn’t resist taking a shot at it; good publicity’s been hard to come by this summer. Jeff wastes a lot of ink on his headlines, but he’s a fair man, he prints a factual story, and he has never misquoted anything I told him. So with apologies to all the English teachers in the Washington County schools, and the help of my daughter and her laptop, I’ll give it a try.

  • Politicians: Believe 'em or not

    They say records are made to be broken, and as a sports fan, I’ve seen over the years just how true that statement can be. Unfortunately, as the current political season is in full swing, there are plenty of politicians out there who also believe promises are made to be broken.

    Have you listened to them lately?