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Today's Opinions

  • 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?

  • S. Willey, Financial Advisor

    Financial advisor.

    Definition: Institutional investor - Past year stock market investor who’s now locked up in a nuthouse.

    Hey everybody!

    You guys watch that stock market lately? The bubble popped and I was sitting right on top of it when it happened.

  • Economy and elections: too much for one college student

    A couple of weeks ago, the United States was shell-shocked. Wall Street plummeted, leaving many Americans in a state of awe and panic. Likewise, the election of this year is likely to go down in history as the most controversial ever. Both Senators McCain and Obama are showing their true colors when it comes to the economic crisis. They believe that ripping each other’s throats out is going to steady the free-falling economy. A war between the presidential candidates is not what we need.

  • Lessons for life

    St. Dominic Grade School squared off against Washington County Middle School in the third annual Middle School Football Championship game a couple of weeks ago.

    On one side you had the St. Dominic Knights. A school, which had won the first and second championship games and had big winning seasons in each of those years.

    On the other side you had the Washington County Generals, a team that hadn’t had a win in five years.