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Today's Opinions

  • Looking forward to ‘looking back’

    Looking Back has been one of the most popular features of The Springfield Sun since I came on board last September. It’s the first thing most people want to talk to me about when they find out I’m a Sun reporter.

    My response is always the same: “Thank Connie Michalski.”

  • The many faces of co-ed softball

    This past weekend, I had the privilege of playing in a co-ed softball tournament in Lebanon; I remember because I still can’t walk without soreness bolting through both legs.

    The tournament was a fundraiser for John Stuart and Ann-Caitlin Mattingly’s daughter, Emma. I went to high school with both of Emma’s parents and I can say that they’re more than deserving of the tremendous support shown to their family on Saturday.

  • Climate change: no longer “if”

    During summer breaks my last two years in college, I sold cemetery property door to door in Houston, Texas. One of my favorite sales pitches was the line, “It’s not a matter of if, but when and where and under what circumstances you will need cemetery property.”

  • ‘Jesus wept’

    “Jesus wept.”
    - John 11:35

    This past week was a bad week.

    In one, a young family that I wrote about once lost their ten-year-old daughter after a long and painful illness. In another, a young man who is a friend of my son, lost his father unexpectedly. He and his two siblings had lost their mother a couple of years earlier.

    What can you do when good people suffer such heart-breaking tragedies?

  • LETTER: Support for the Red Cross

    Dear Editor,
    Please support your Washington County High School students for the spring blood drive!

    Donating is a learned activity. The American Red Cross is a non-profit organization supported by donations; it supplies 40 percent of the blood supply to our country and responds to emergencies and disasters, such as the ice storm in Washington County a few years ago, and most recently to a house fire.

  • LETTER: Outgoing sheriff backs Pinkston

    Dear citizens of Washington County,
    I am retiring after 22 years of law enforcement. I would like to see someone in the sheriff’s office to continue the services I have provided.
    That is why I am supporting Jerry Pinkston as our sheriff of Washington County.

    Jerry began working for the sheriff’s office in 2009 as a court security officer until he was hired as a deputy sheriff in June 2010.

  • Rock climbing adventure

    “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”
    - William Feather

    You know, when I was young and single, I got to do a lot of interesting adventures.

    I joined the U.S. Navy at 17 and saw a lot of ocean and Europe in the process. I even watched us collide with another ship and nearly sink it.

    I drove a motorcycle from Kentucky to Daytona Beach when I was 19 on my learner’s permit.

  • 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.