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Today's Opinions

  • Is it ever going to end?

    I do not envy the Washington County School Board when it comes to making yet another decision regarding the opening of the new high school facility.

    I’ve followed the progress of the school closely and it’s been an ongoing story in The Sun for more than a year now. Even after everything that has happened — the delays, the vandalism, the disputes between all parties involved — it’s, at best, questionable whether the December move-in happens as scheduled.

  • Sure it’s time to celebrate?

    It’s one of the strangest football plays I’ve ever seen. The TV announcers were completely fooled, as was the entire Utah football team.  Unless you are a University of Oregon football fan, it’s painful to watch, and I would think even their fans feel a tinge of compassion for Kaelin Clay, the Utah wide receiver who prematurely celebrated what he thought was a touchdown.

  • The Jack Murphy story

    Writer’s note: My 16-year-old daughter, Jenny, gave the following speech for the Washington County High School Veterans Day program on Nov. 7. I’m reprinting it here with the dream that our politicians in Washington, D.C., would read it so they would come to know what selfless service for your country really is. If they were the kind of men that Mr. Murphy was, then our country wouldn’t have the problems we have today.

    Today we celebrate Veterans Day.

  • Saying goodbye

    Goodbyes can be frightening when they hold the possibility of prolonged separation and being forgotten.  You don’t have to be on your deathbed to feel that.

    I can see it already in my 2-year-old grandson, Eli Benson.

    I let him drive my car. Don’t worry, he doesn’t really drive. But don’t tell him, because he thinks he does. Eli meets me at the front door with determined eyes and declares, “Eli drive Poppop’s vroom vroom.”

  • A time for ghosts?

    There ain’t nothin like a good, old-fashioned scary show to get your neck hairs primed and standing up.

    When I was a little kid I was drawn to scary movies like a skunk is to tires rolling down the highway.

    That was a long time ago.

    It was different then.

    Now-a-days, kids have infinite sources of entertainment, whereas we had one. It was television, and we had only three channels.

    Good gosh, I shutter to think about it.

  • Little sparky comes to town

    If you really want to get noticed going around town then I’ve got some advice for you. Don’t buy a big tricked out SUV or one of those super fast sports cars, or even a great big pickup truck. Naw, that won’t get you any notice at all. Everybody has one of those.
    What you need is one of those new itty-bitty, teeny-weeny, micro-mini super compact economy cars.

  • Readers write: Vote Coleman for state representative

    Dear editor,
    Since an early age, I have been interested in the political process. I am fascinated by how laws are created or altered to fit the needs and demands of our time. I always knew I wanted to work in state or local government and be part of our domestic system of governance.

  • Readers write: Stand by Kim King for re-election

    Dear editor,
    Recently, our 55th District state representative, Kim King, has been knocked in an ad about how she has voted on the past several bills.