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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: A hat tip to the fire department

    Dear editor,
    This letter is to express our gratitude to the Springfield Fire Department for their good work extinguishing a grass fire at our property on July 4. Our family has recently moved to Springfield from southwestern Pennsylvania. We have found the town to be the friendliest place we have lived after trying out several areas throughout the United States. We are blessed in our new home with excellent neighbors and many new friendships. It’s a great place to raise a family.

  • Look into my father-in-law’s eyes

    The eyes that once danced with life — eyes that could focus with the intensity of an eagle after its prey or love with the affection of a mother for her baby — now stare blankly at nothing, emotionless. I peer into those eyes, hoping for something: maybe the reboot of a soul, the reemergence of then into now, the return of the Old George I miss so much.

  • Class field trips

    A lot has changed concerning grade school since I last darkened those doors.  

    Take class field trips for instance. We never had them. Young students now are always going somewhere with a pack of parents in tow to watch over them.  

    Normally, my wife does this for our family, but one time, she had a previous engagement that prevented her from going on a pre-school class field trip. She didn’t feel comfortable without a responsible adult from our family participating. She couldn’t find a responsible adult, so I was drafted.

  • LETTER: Kudos to the Family Dollar staff

    Dear editor,
    Today (July 17) the Family Dollar store of Springfield closed.  What I want to say about this is that I believe the ladies who worked there deserve a great deal of credit.  They could have hung their heads, knowing that their jobs would end shortly. Instead, they did not do anything to tarnish their employment records, and they delivered excellent service until the very end.  

  • The care, feeding and discipline of children

    “Children nowadays are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food and tyrannize their teachers.”
    - Socrates  (died 399 BC)

     
    I’m philosophically opposed to engaging in debate with the younger generation when it comes to standards of morals and behavior.

    Does that make sense?  No?

  • Singing for Christmas in July

    My wife occasionally bursts into song when it’s just the two of us at home.

    “You have a really good voice,” I compliment her. “You should be singing in the choir.”

    She disagrees: “My voice isn’t that good. Remember, I didn’t even make the varsity choir in high school.”

    I think she’s improved.

    I heard her again the other day.  She had the pitch and the tune down pat, but something was just not right.

  • A mother's advice on marriage

    “God could not be everywhere and therefore He made mothers.”
    - Jewish proverb

    All mothers want to help their children, even if that child is not her own. I found that to be true one day about twenty years ago.

    My wife and I were shopping in Elizabethtown with our then two kids.

  • Fallen trees

    I called it my African tree, although it had reached maturity long before I took possession of the property on which it stood. “Look at it,” I said to my wife as we sat on our back patio. “It’s out of Africa and out of place and so alone. It looks like one of those trees I knew from my summer in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Africa when I was a kid.”