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Today's Opinions

  • Growing up with big families

    No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?

    -- Elbert Hubbard

  • Hot town, summer in the city

    It’s hot. We are in the middle of the hottest summer since they started keeping records in 1880. And to think that only a few months ago we were complaining about the cold weather.

    We tramped out of an unusually cold winter, only to find ourselves trudging through a scorching summer. It has proponents on both sides of the global warming issue shouting at each other. The most convinced are the most strident.

  • Safety should be first with summer swimming

    Summer is well upon us, and as the weather heats up, one of the most popular ways to beat the heat is to head to the water.  While swimming is great exercise and a fun way to cool down, it can also be very dangerous if safety isn’t your number one priority.  

  • Rogue rosaries and captive crosses

    Wearing rosary beads has become fashionable, among gangs. That’s right. Gangs are wearing rosaries - beads grouped in series of tens, attached to a crucifix. For hundreds of years, rosaries have been a helpful means of prayer for many Christians. But the gangs are using them for something other than prayer.

    “It’s become part of the look,” said Victor Castro, a detective and school resource officer who leads gang awareness training in Hillsboro, Oregon. “They use it as a reminder of protection.”

  • All alone

    You know, it’s a really crazy, fast-paced world we live in. It’s so fast paced that we frequently get on each others’ nerves, and the resulting stress makes you just want to run away.

    You ever feel that way?

    You ever wish you could be on some deserted island, or off in some faraway mountains? Go where no one was there, and you had nothing you had to do. If so, then you might enjoy a couple of stories I have, and the answer might be surprising.

  • Lost in the big city: Lessons for travelers

    “I’ve never been lost but I was confused once for three days.”

    Daniel Boone on traveling through Kentucky

    The following lessons are for travelers to the big city.

    Sit down there, Junior Woodchuck, while the wise woodsman passes on some knowledge.

    Lesson 1:

    The Internet lies

  • Reader is ready for political change

    Dear Editor,

    I believe it is time for all Amercians no matter what your political orientation to move this country forward on a direct path given the current dissatisfaction with Congress (22-28% disapproval) and the current laws they have passed.

    Our vote, and our voices need to be heard throughout the land, that the change in leadership and the changes since the 2008 election have not been appreciated nor desired by the citizens of this great country. We as Americans have the right to ask Congress and the US Government to change.

  • The worker's lament

    Was it a message from Above? Did the New York City transit system leave it? Or was it an intriguing ad, maybe even an experimental one, coming from Madison Avenue?