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Today's Opinions

  • Readers Write: Rescue squad seeks help with fundraising

    To the citizens of Washington County

  • Hunting with J.B.

    My father was never a hunter, so therefore I didn’t become a hunter.  

    I always felt like I missed something when guys would start talking about hunting deer, wild turkey (not the kind in a bottle), squirrel, and so on.  It just seemed so neat going into the woods and bringing back the equivalent of a side of beef.  Mind you, until I had kids, it seemed neater to just go to Hardee’s and pick up my beef already cooked and served on buns in an air-conditioned restaurant, but that’s another story.

  • Better safe than sorry is motto for National Farm Safety Week

    It’s all too easy to become complacent when we’re doing something that’s second nature to us.

    Accidents most often happen when we’re doing something we’ve done hundreds - if not thousands - of times before.

    But when it comes to farming, that can be especially dangerous.

    According to the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, farmers face a variety of hazardous environmental factors. Weather, terrain and atmospheric conditions all present a host of hazards and risks to agricultural workers.

  • The health insurance debate

    The national health insurance debate has been going on for some time.  If there is anyone out there who can solve this knotty problem with a painless solution, then I’d hope they would also take the time to look into budget deficits, a Middle East peace plan, a cure for AIDS, and an energy substitute for oil, if they have the time.

    When I was young and single, I never thought this area would be of great concern.  My first individual insurance policy cost me $327 for one year.  I never filed a single claim on it.

  • Reader wants school tax money spent on education

    Dear Editor,

  • House of Hope

    You will need help at some point in life, no matter how good or strong you might be today.

    This is without a doubt.  Sometimes the hardest thing to do is accepting that fact and doing something about it.  The House of Hope in our little county is one shining, loving example of where hope and help can be found.

    The House of Hope, located at 108 Progress Ave. in Springfield, is a non-profit outreach center providing free mental, emotional, physical and spiritual support to pregnant women among our friends and family.  

  • What's the least you'll do it for?

    True creative genius is seldom appreciated, and sometimes flashes of brilliance can be blinding to those all around you.

    Why, just the other day I had such an occurrence when I hollered for Cindy and . . .

    “Cindy, come here, come here, come here!!!”

    “What now?”

    “I just had a flash of brilliance and know how to get filthy rich.”

    “Really? Well, that’s great.  I’m going back to watch television.”

    “Don’t you want to hear my idea?”

  • Readers Write: Health care: Wake up America!

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to address the government health care proposal.

    On the surface, it looks like a great idea. All of the “poor people” will be able to access medical services at little or no cost to them. I think it was 46 million with no coverage who will be brought under the government’s plan.

    That is great until one looks at the cost, or who is going to pay (that is you and me — the ones who have worked and saved all of our lives to try to have a decent, secure retirement).