Today's Opinions

  • The Rapture Racket: Cashing in on the Apocalypse

    Oops, he missed it again — the date for the rapture, that is. But that’s OK. Miscalculating the date for the end times is nothing new for Harold Camping.
    In 1992 he published his book, “1994?” in which he predicted Sept. 6, 1994, as the beginning of the end.  Undeterred by that non-happening, Camping did some re-calculating and published another book in 2008, “We Are Almost There!” He conveniently forgot to mention his 1994 prediction’s failure to launch.

  • Pornography: Unplug the drug

    Why did the news that the Osama bin Laden’s residence contained a sizable amount of pornography grab our attention? After all, our culture is saturated with pornography; it’s everywhere; it’s even an accepted part of life for much of society.  

  • Graduation - friends forever

    And so we talked all night about the rest of our lives; Where we’re gonna be when we turn 25
    I keep thinking times will never change
    Keep on thinking things will always be the same
    Lyrics from “Graduation (Friends Forever)”

    You ever hear of the above graduation song before?
    I love it, yet it always leaves me a little sad.

  • New Scrabble words have gone too far!


  • Looking at Earth Day history

    The first Earth Day was officially held on April 22, 1970. However, this day evolved over seven years when Sen. Gaylord Nelson in 1962 encouraged President Kennedy to spotlight the environment in the U.S. At  Sen. Nelson’s urging, President Kennedy, in 1963, went on a five-day 11-state conservation tour and planted the seed for the eventual Earth Day as we know it.

  • Dandy Dan and Fat Sam

    “If it was raining brains, Roxy Robinson wouldn’t even get wet.”

    Fat Sam

    Bugsy Malone Jr. and his hoodlums are riding into Springfield’s Opera House on May 13 and 14 at 7 p.m.
    This play is being performed by the Bluegrass Kids section of the Central Kentucky Community Theatre group. All 26 youngsters in this play are from local elementary schools and adjoining counties as directed by our own Jan Fattizzi.

  • Those incredible doggie heroes

    I could have sworn my dog, Max, quietly napping on my left side, perked up when Diane Sawyer introduced the story about the Navy SEAL dogs on the evening news. Max’s brother, Baylor, with eyes half closed, was perched like a cat on the arm of the couch. But when Diane mentioned those heroic dogs, he snapped to attention, instantly turning his head in the direction of the television.
    At least I thought he did.
    My miniature Schnauzers are about as close to being Navy SEAL dogs as I am to being a Navy SEAL. But we three enjoyed the story anyway.

  • What does famous mean to you?

    What is famous?
    If you take Merriam-Webster’s word for it, the word famous means that a person is widely known, or honored for achievement.
    If you take my word, famous has a whole new meaning, and it’s kind of sad.
    I was working The Kentucky Derby this past Saturday, and the main reason I was there was to photograph the race for newspapers throughout the parent company of The Springfield Sun.