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Today's Opinions

  • The Jack Murphy story

    Writer’s note: My 16-year-old daughter, Jenny, gave the following speech for the Washington County High School Veterans Day program on Nov. 7. I’m reprinting it here with the dream that our politicians in Washington, D.C., would read it so they would come to know what selfless service for your country really is. If they were the kind of men that Mr. Murphy was, then our country wouldn’t have the problems we have today.

    Today we celebrate Veterans Day.

  • Saying goodbye

    Goodbyes can be frightening when they hold the possibility of prolonged separation and being forgotten.  You don’t have to be on your deathbed to feel that.

    I can see it already in my 2-year-old grandson, Eli Benson.

    I let him drive my car. Don’t worry, he doesn’t really drive. But don’t tell him, because he thinks he does. Eli meets me at the front door with determined eyes and declares, “Eli drive Poppop’s vroom vroom.”

  • A time for ghosts?

    There ain’t nothin like a good, old-fashioned scary show to get your neck hairs primed and standing up.

    When I was a little kid I was drawn to scary movies like a skunk is to tires rolling down the highway.

    That was a long time ago.

    It was different then.

    Now-a-days, kids have infinite sources of entertainment, whereas we had one. It was television, and we had only three channels.

    Good gosh, I shutter to think about it.

  • Little sparky comes to town

    If you really want to get noticed going around town then I’ve got some advice for you. Don’t buy a big tricked out SUV or one of those super fast sports cars, or even a great big pickup truck. Naw, that won’t get you any notice at all. Everybody has one of those.
    What you need is one of those new itty-bitty, teeny-weeny, micro-mini super compact economy cars.

  • Readers write: Vote Coleman for state representative

    Dear editor,
    Since an early age, I have been interested in the political process. I am fascinated by how laws are created or altered to fit the needs and demands of our time. I always knew I wanted to work in state or local government and be part of our domestic system of governance.

  • Readers write: Stand by Kim King for re-election

    Dear editor,
    Recently, our 55th District state representative, Kim King, has been knocked in an ad about how she has voted on the past several bills.

  • Readers write: Sticktight and the hometown crowd

    Dear editor, fans and friends,
    I, along with my band “Sticktight Akins,” kicked off the music entertainment on Friday evening, Oct. 3, at this year’s Sorghum Festival. First of all, the return of the Sorghum Festival was a huge success. Even through weather conditions, there was a huge crowd on both nights. People were flooding the streets. Had it not been for the works of Mother Nature, it would’ve been even bigger. But that is something to look forward to in the years to come. It’ll only get bigger.  

  • The power of words

    Paula Deen was in the E!News studio recently, making media rounds to promote the launch of her new subscription-based online channel, the Paula Deen Network. It’s been over a year since her multi-million dollar culinary empire came tumbling down after her admission that she used a racial slur 30 years ago.

    “They (words) can be very powerful, and they can hurt, no matter how old they are,” Deen told E!News.

    When Today Show’s Matt Lauer asked her several weeks ago what she had learned from the experience, Deen immediately responded: