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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: We need informed voters

    Dear editor,
    I always enjoy reading Ken Begley’s columns. In regard to his article “Capitalism vs. Government,” he talks about the relative lack of efficiency of the public vs. private sector. Of course, the marketplace rules, in regard to the private sector. But, the way government is supposed to work is that people are sufficiently interested/informed to vote in the best public officials and vote out the others.

  • ‘This dream was not for sale’

    Even if you’re not a horse racing fan, you’ve got to love the story of how this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, California Chrome, fulfilled the dream of his owners, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin. It’s a story that inspires us to dream big and take the necessary steps to give dreams a chance of being realized.

  • A letter to Natalie

    Dear Natalie,
    I just wanted to introduce myself to you and set the ground rules for our new relationship. You may only be a month old, but I figure it’s never too early to get things off on the right foot.

    First off, I am your Grandpaw. I have staked out that name. It’s mine.

    You can call your other grandfather whatever you like except Grandpaw. I have a few suggestions, such as Gramps, Grandad, Granddaddy, grand pappy, Granpop or Bobo.

    But remember, I am your one and only Grandpaw.

  • LETTER: Support for Mark Wilkerson

    Dear editor,
    I am writing this letter to the citizens of Washington County who reside in magistrate District 3. My husband, Mark Wilkerson, is running for this position because he believes he can do a good job for the people of this county.

    He has always been a hard worker. He was a home builder for more than 35 years until some back issues forced him to stop. He believes in not “burning daylight.”

  • The victory of staying with it

    The year was 1965. We — my mother, dad, and older brother, Mark — had just finished supper.

    That’s when Eric called to speak to Mark.

  • Capitalism vs. Government

    Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell.
    - Unknown Author

    I hold three college degrees, including a Master of Business Administration. My specialty is accounting, with 25 years of experience in the area. I’ve worked for the government, a non-profit, and for the past 20 years at a manufacturing company.

  • All alone

    You know, it’s a really crazy, fast-paced world we live in. It’s so fast paced that we frequently get on each other’s nerves, and the resulting stress makes you just want to run away.

    You ever feel that way?

    You ever wish you could be on some deserted island or off in some faraway mountains? Go where no one was and you had nothing you had to do? If so, then you might enjoy a couple of stories I have, and the answer might be surprising.

  • How long until Easter?

    He was sitting on the front pew, crumpled over in a heap, like one of those college basketball players writhing on the court because his team has just lost a game in the Final Four.

    Only this young man had not just lost a game. He had lost his mother. She had been killed in a car accident that morning as she drove to church — the church I pastor.

    I knew her well; a good, godly woman.