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Today's Opinions

  • Reader is against school tax increases

    Dear Editor,

    The Public Notice – 2008-09 Proposed Tax Rate Hearing, is Sept. 4, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Office, 120 Mackville Hill, Springfield to hear public comments regarding a proposed general fund tax levy of 52 cents on real property and 52 cents on personal property. This is the amount they are asking for, and will get if there is no question or opposition to the request.

    The 2008 tax levied was 50.8 cents, which costs us 50 cents on $100, on everything.

    After the fact people had questions and said they didn’t know about it.

  • Ask tough questions... then vote!

    Will you vote Nov. 4? Within 11 weeks we will have another presidential election, deciding the direction of our country and the influences it will have on the world. The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that less than 64 percent of registered voters actually voted in the 2004 election, or six out of every 10 registered voters. The numbers decrease as the elections become more intimate at the state, county and city levels. Why so few? Can our vote make a difference?

  • Governor's Scholar program is a learning experience

    By Lauren White

    Washington County High School Senior

    As the program that I have anticipated for a year draws to a close, I can’t help but feel a bit of sorrow.

  • My Olympic rant

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    I’m a sports fan, and there’s no questioning that.

    I can sit and watch any team play baseball, basketball or football, regardless of whether I have an interest in them prior to tuning in to the game. It’s just one of those things where I love to see a good contest between two teams decided on the field of play, with nothing but the skills of the individuals playing the game to decide its outcome.

  • America's banks: Safe, sound, and serving their communities

    By Diane Casey-Landry

    Guest Columnist

    Headlines can be misleading, and in a time of financial crisis, that can make matters worse.

    Pick up a paper, or listen to the quick bursts of news on TV or radio, and what you get are reports of a subprime crisis, a “banking” crisis and market turmoil. That’s only intensified on the rare occasion that a bank fails.

  • China - 25 years ago

    By Ken Begley

    Guest Columnist

    We learn best, not from what we are told, but from what we have lived. We appreciate and treasure least, what we have in abundance. Here’s a story that might surprise you. I hope you make it to the end.

    China is in all the news these days with the Olympics now in full swing. I love watching the Olympics. The sheer variety of sports, competition and nonstop action lures in even us with little athletic ability. But I have a different story I wanted to tell you about. It’s on China itself.

  • Readers Write

    Dear Editor,

  • Evil cicadas and other stories

    By Ken Begley

    Guest Columnist

     

    “I want to die in my sleep like grandpa did. Not screaming and hollering like all the riders in his car.”

    Bumper Sticker

    Everyone has at least one personal “button” that can be pushed to guarantee instant explosive “fireworks”. Most of the time the person pushing the “button” does it innocently enough but the result is still the same.

    Do you know what my button is?