Today's Opinions

  • Battle of the ants

    Ants - Tiny creatures with a primitive brain no larger than that of a psychic-hotline caller.
    - Comedian Dave Barry

    Several years ago I was storming around the house, getting madder by the minute. Finally I looked up at Cindy and said, “My gosh, these dang pesky critters are everywhere! Where do they come from? How do we get rid of them?”

    She looked up from her crossword puzzle and said, “You mean the ants?”
    “No, the kids. I can handle the ants.”

  • LETTER: The Burg bridge

    Dear editor,
    I was glad to see that Judge Settles, Greg Simms and Washington County Fiscal Court removed the iron gates and made needed repairs to the old steel bridge in the Fredericktown community.

  • LETTER: Equal Pay Day: fight for fairness

    Dear Editor,
    On Tuesday, April 14, 2015 thousands of women from across the United States joined together in a national day of action against unfair pay called Equal Pay Day. April is symbolic of the point into the new year that a woman must work in order to earn the wages paid to a man in the previous year. On a national level, women are paid only 78 cents for every dollar a man is paid, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. So, because women earn less, we must work longer for the same pay.

  • Bring on those 60 birthday candles

    At last, here’s some good news from the wide world of news. This one comes from Stony Brook University and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

    Researchers there have concluded that age measurements that have traditionally categorized people as “elderly” or “old” at a certain age (usually 65) are no longer valid and must adjust accordingly.

  • Class of '75

    I’m 57 now and a proud AARP card-carrying member of the noble senior citizen ranks of The United States of America.

    But I wasn’t always this old.

    Yes sir, I remember when I was graduating from Washington County High School as a member of the class of 1975.

  • Keeping losses in perspective

    “Why did you turn the TV off?  There’s still a few seconds left in the game,” I asked my son, Dave.

    “It’s over. I don’t watch the other team celebrate.”

    I didn’t argue. I felt the same way.

    It’s not fun when your team loses, especially when they get so close to the championship game and an undefeated season.

    Losses like that are disappointing. Before drifting off to sleep I thought, “If only they had…”

  • The third grandmother

    Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.
    - Vivian Komori

    You know, I love small town life.

    In some ways, being in Washington County is like “The Andy Griffith Show” that was first broadcast 55 years ago. It centers on the fictional small town called “Mayberry” and all of its quirky citizens, with all their humorous problems.

    It was very popular in its day and ran for eight years. It has been in reruns ever since.

    So what made this show so good?

  • Holy hilarity

    Hearing laughter from one of the rooms where a Bible study class was meeting Sunday morning, I cracked opened the door and teased, “What’s this, laughter in church?”

    They answered with more laughter.

    And why not laugh in church? There certainly is a time for being quiet and even for sadness. As the author of Ecclesiastes wrote, “There is an appointed time for everything…” including, “a time to cry and a time to laugh.”