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Today's Opinions

  • S. Wiley: Theater carpenter

    It was breakfast last Saturday at the Ken Begley house. Everyone was asleep except for me and my 89- year-old former New York City financial advisor, Mr. S. Wiley. I’ve been holding Mr. Wiley hostage for the last few years, ever since he lost all my retirement money in the stock market bubble when it popped.
    Mr. Wiley was drinking his coffee and reading the paper when he said, “My, my young man, I’ve lived 89 years I’ve never seen such a shellacking in all my life.”
    “You mean Obama and the Democrats in the last election?”

  • Patriots finish tournament 1-1

    Just as every Mid-South Conference team, St. Catharine College views the Georgetown Tigers as the team to beat each year. And this year, after meeting them last weekend in an early season tournament, J.T. Burton’s team will have three chances to upend the league’s perennial heavyweight.
    Make that two chances now, as Burton’s bunch dropped a 78-66 decision at Georgetown Friday in the first round of the Andrew Elswick Memorial Tournament. The Patriots, however, did make amends on Saturday with an 81-50 rout of Southern University-New Orleans.

  • Patriot women go 1-1...and 1

     

  • Patriot women go 1-1...and 1

     

  • Protect your home from bed bugs


    Remember the nursery rhyme – “Good Night, Sleep Tight, and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite?” No longer is this just a nursery rhyme. Bedbugs are considered to be public health pests by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Recent complaints about bed bugs are increasing and have prompted a joint statement on bed bug control by the CDC and the EPA.
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  • Overstuffed with stuff


    I have too much stuff. I know I do.
    But on second thought, do I? How do we know when we have too much stuff? Who is the judge of that?
    My guess is, I’m not alone in thinking I have too much stuff; most Americans would join me in the “I’ve got too much stuff” confessional.  In our consumer driven society, owners of speciality stores make money helping us find ways to store more of our stuff so they buy more stuff for themselves.

  • A word from Begley's better half

    Being the wife of Ken Begley has led to my mention in his weekly column more than once.  Many people come up to me and ask what keeps me from killing him.  I just smile and say that it is all in fun, and I take everything he says with a grain of salt.  So many read his columns and believe everything he has written is the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  I have to explain to them that Kenny has a very overactive imagination, and most things he writes about never happened the way he described in The Springfield Sun.  

  • A crime that needs more punishment

     

    By Francesca Tabor-Miolla, Guest Columnist
    Animal cruelty and pet abandonment are due to ignorance, stupidity and lack of compassion and the act is unconscionable.
    On a 100-degree afternoon in August, a lone car pulled into the Lebanon Wal-Mart parking lot, opened the door and dragged a poor unsuspecting seven-month-old pup out of the car taking off her collar and simply drove away.