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Today's Opinions

  • Missing work

    What about that big snow last week?

    That’s one for the record books.

  • Lincoln's depression

    “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”
    — Abraham Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln was the greatest of all our presidents.

    He was a giant of a man who held this country together through a war where more American soldiers died than any we’ve fought in before or since.

  • Reminisce with the classics

    By G.B. Dixon

    The “classic” songs are the ones of which we never tire.  Somehow they transcend the dulling influence of repetition on our emotions and return again and again to engage the soul.  Of the thousands of tunes written each year in this country alone, only a few have that “something’ to become a classic, and each genre boasts its own.

    Think. How many true music “classics” can you name in, let us say, one night? Need a little prompting?

  • Valentine’s Day and Lent

    Valentine’s Day precedes Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent by only four days this year. What a contrast in these two days.

    Valentine’s Day is a day when many couples celebrate their love with cards, flowers and gifts---gifts often in some form of chocolate. (If you eat equal amounts of white chocolate and dark chocolate, is that a balanced diet?)

  • Renewing subscriptions with Ken

    Ring, ring, ring.

    “Yes.”

    “Hello, is this Mr. Peter Boone?”

    “Yes it is.”

    “Well, Mr. Boone, this is the Springfield Sun calling to tell you we noticed your subscription to the Sun is close to elapsing and we would like to keep your business.  We have a once-in-a-lifetime offer that we believe will convince you to renew.  Would you like to hear the offer?”

    “Sure.  What is it?”

  • Don’t declare ‘sleep bankruptcy’

    “I’m tired,” my son, Dave, told me.

    He was driving back from Cincinnati again after another long day.

    “You’re too young to get tired,” I responded.

    I’m sure he found about as much comfort in my words as I did when I, at about his age, told my dad I was tired.

    “Oh, well,” Dad nonchalantly said, “you’re young, you’ll get over it.”

    But I wouldn’t get over it simply because I was young, and neither will Dave.

  • Super Bowl ads: a mixed bag

    Football is one of my favorite things to watch on TV, but during the regular season I rarely see the commercials. I’m among the millions of fans who watch DirecTV’s Red Zone Channel, and with that, the programming is a barrage of highlights and live peeks into games as the action unfolds, but with no commercials. If you’re a football fan, watch it and you’ll never want to give it up.

  • The piano man

    I met a guy once back when I was in the Navy who loved music. We were serving together on an aircraft carrier. This fellow could play several different instruments and had even formed a band among some of the other guys that were on the ship.