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Today's Opinions

  • The Music Man

    “You watch your phraseology!”
    Jerry Grider as Mayor Shinn, to the wild kid.

     
    Great honk!
    “The Music Man” has rolled into The Opera House in Springfield, and this town will never be the same.

  • Smoking: The truth never hurts

    The purpose is to get people to quit. Simple as that.
    The Federal Drug Administration recently announced that beginning September 2012, it will require larger, more prominent health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States.
    The changes will be the first in more than 25 years and are “a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking,” according to the FDA.

  • Excellence at WCHS

    “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
    William Arthur Ward

    Teaching is more than an art. It’s extremely hard work when it’s done right.  

  • Kentucky Speedway needs a new plan

    The Quaker State 400 was an event that I had been looking forward to for some time. It was the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Kentucky Speedway. In my work as a sports photographer, I’ve attended races at several other tracks, but it was going to be different to have one in my back yard, just a short drive up Interstate 71.

  • Burning bridges

    All the burning bridges that have fallen after me
    All the lonely feelings and the burning memories
    Everyone I left behind each time I closed the door
    Burning bridges lost forevermore

    Lyrics to “Burning Bridges”

    When I was young, I was always a loner.

  • My stuff's not junk

    “You’ll find you’ve brought too much stuff.”
    The words were softly spoken — almost as if to himself — by a retired pastor, a resident of my parents’ retirement community. He seemed to know by observation and personal experience: we take too much stuff with us.

  • Grateful for their service

    The black and white picture of the B-24 on the front of the time-worn postcard caught my attention. I flipped it over to find my dad’s barely legible handwriting, smeared as it was by an aged water stain. It was postmarked, Dec. 12, 1944, from San Marcos Army Air Field, San Marcos, Texas.

  • Are you a good citizen? Take the test and find out!

     

    We all like to think of ourselves as patriotic, and good American citizens.
    When they play the national anthem at a sporting event, we stand up and remove our hats. When we say The Pledge of Allegiance, we put our hand over our heart. We’ve always done these things because we were taught as children they are the proper thing to do, and they are ways to show respect for our nation and its treasured symbols.