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Today's Opinions

  • Readers write: Sticktight and the hometown crowd

    Dear editor, fans and friends,
    I, along with my band “Sticktight Akins,” kicked off the music entertainment on Friday evening, Oct. 3, at this year’s Sorghum Festival. First of all, the return of the Sorghum Festival was a huge success. Even through weather conditions, there was a huge crowd on both nights. People were flooding the streets. Had it not been for the works of Mother Nature, it would’ve been even bigger. But that is something to look forward to in the years to come. It’ll only get bigger.  

  • The power of words

    Paula Deen was in the E!News studio recently, making media rounds to promote the launch of her new subscription-based online channel, the Paula Deen Network. It’s been over a year since her multi-million dollar culinary empire came tumbling down after her admission that she used a racial slur 30 years ago.

    “They (words) can be very powerful, and they can hurt, no matter how old they are,” Deen told E!News.

    When Today Show’s Matt Lauer asked her several weeks ago what she had learned from the experience, Deen immediately responded:

  • ‘Be not afraid’

    “Be not afraid”
    - God

    Be not afraid is the most quoted phrase in the Bible. It was used by God more often in speaking to his people than any other words that he had to say.

    Why did he have to tell us to not be afraid so often?

    He knew us so well, and this world is a scary place.

  • Readers write: Acts of kindness

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  • Readers write: Support for Jacqueline Coleman

    Dear editor,
    I am writing you today to share my story of support and inspiration.

    And, most importantly, to show my support for Jacqueline Coleman for the office of 55th District State Representative.

    I was born and raised here in Washington County. Like many of you from this area, I come from a large Catholic family. I was fortunate enough to have been born into a family of boys. With three brothers, a twin and two older, my life was immediately shaped by their influence as well as the influence of my wonderful parents.

  • Readers write: Support for Rep. Kim King

    Dear editor,
    I am writing in response to the attack ad placed against Kim King in the Oct. 1 edition of The Springfield Sun on page A18.

    Representative Kim King’s opponent claimed that Rep. King voted “no” on House bills ranging in years from 2012-2014. Her opponent claims our representative, Kim King, is saying “no” to Washington County’s families, farmers and small businesses. This attack ad is misleading and the purpose of this letter is to let the voters know the deception in that ad and to reveal the truth.

  • The great race

    I was in the Sorghum Festival 5-K Race last week.

    Now, I don’t like to brag, but in my day I was a pretty fair runner. Of course, “fair” means something less than “good.” I just don’t want to say how much less than “good.“

    I got up that morning and said to Cindy, “Yep, I think I’m going down to the Sorghum Festival and show them what running is all about.”
    Cindy said, “What do you mean? You doing a PowerPoint presentation at the Opera House on running or something?”

  • Billy Ray and Julie

    Hey, I thought this was interesting.

    Billy Ray and Julie Chitwood are authors of a combined 14 books and have decided to make Washington County their new home.

    Pretty neat, huh?

    Billy Ray has spent a good part of his life in sales and marketing management positions with some of the top educational publishers in the country, from what I understand. They have spent a good deal of their lives out west and in northern Mexico on the Sea of Cortez.