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Today's Opinions

  • All aboard the White Stallion!

    “You know what I’d do, Cindy? We need a lot of room to take everyone on vacation. I’d just mount up the old ‘White Stallion’ and go down to Gatlinburg on it. It’s got more room than the other vans.”

  • 68 years together

    I love talking with people in their 80s and 90s about life and how to live it. When you find someone that has that much experience, then you better take the opportunity to seek them out. I do. Their answers to my questions sometimes surprise me, never bore me, and always inspire me.

    The other day I was fortunate enough to talk for an hour to a beautiful 87-year-old great grandmother. She and her husband are celebrating 68 years of marriage this year.

    My gosh, think about it!

  • Readers Write: New principal is ready for school year

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to introduce myself to the students, staff and parents of the Washington County Elementary School and the community at large. I am very excited to have been offered this opportunity to serve as principal of your school. I look forward to working with both the parents and staff to meet your child’s/students’ individual educational needs.

  • Juggling Little League, family, and God

    I had heard the complaint before in other places, at other times. “I struggle with wanting my child to participate in summer Little League baseball and still have time for our family events, not to mention participation in church,” the concerned mother told me over the phone. “It just seems like we can’t do it all.” In her particular situation, baseball games were being scheduled not only on Sundays, but on Sunday mornings, a definite conflict for Christians who want their family to worship together. As a parent, and as a pastor, I understood.

  • 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.”