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Today's Opinions

  • Breath Easy - November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the month we celebrate the Great American Smokeout. On Nov. 19, many Americans will participate in the Great American Smokeout which is a day that honors people’s efforts to stop smoking - for a day, for weeks, forever. Are you ready?

  • Readers Write: Reader supports Higdon for Senate seat

    Dear Editor,

    There is a provision in the “Healthcare” (power grab) bill that would put Planned Parenthood clinics inside your child’s school, according to the American Family Association of Tupelo, Miss.! Isn’t 52,000,000 killed by abortion enough? It’s a mean group that wants to kill the unborn; to saddle the grandchildren with tremendous debt; and to tell grandma to take pain pills instead of having the operation!

  • Orinary people accomplishing the extraordinary

    When then-Governor Ronald Reagan introduced returning POW John McCain at a speaking engagement in 1974, the future president asked, “Where do we find such men?”

    He was speaking of many veterans, when he answered, “We find them in our streets, in the office, the shops and the working places of our country and on the farms.”

    In other words, President Reagan was referring to ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. And it isn’t just the men.

  • Saying thanks to our veterans

    “Surrounded?  I like to be surrounded.”

    Unknown U.S. Army Ranger

    I love that quote.

    The story behind it involves a convoy that had been ambushed by Taliban fighters in some forsaken mountain pass in Afghanistan.  The fight carried on for some time with the Taliban closing in.  Frantic radio calls for help seemed to go unanswered.  The officer leading the convoy began to expect the worst would happen. 

  • Richard, Stella and me

    Hey everybody! How’s it going?

    The old “Great Recession” seems to still have a lot of steam left, doesn’t it?  Well, let me tell you, things are pretty sparse around the old Begley household while I wait for my next paycheck.  

    The other day we were down to our last jar of peanut better with only dribs and drabs left.  We had one  final piece of bread, as well.  So, being the good dad that I am, I decided to make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the kids got full benefit.  

  • Readers Write: Isaiah House needs your support

    To the Editor,

    I have lived here in Willisburg for the last 25 years.  It is a little town in North Washington County that many like myself call home. 

  • Thieves invade 'handbag heaven'

    It all started with a purse.

    A very, very expensive purse named “Stevie.”

    No, really, I’m serious. The very, very expensive purse’s name - or its design rather - was “Stevie.”

    So, obviously, it was the perfect gift for my twin sister to surprise me with on our 30th birthday. You see, I had never been the “expensive purse” type. Give me a cheap handbag from one of our local department stores (or should I say our only department store) and I was good to go. That is, before I was introduced to “Stevie.”

  • It's a duct tape world

    The other day, my wife was picking out a newborn baby gift for a friend.  It was their  first kid.  We were at Wal-Mart and she asked me,  “Should I get diapers or an outfit?”  I replied,  “How about duct tape and rubber cement glue instead?”

    She gave me a look too tired and disinterested to even ask for an interpretation.  “I think I’ll just put money in a card instead.”