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Today's Opinions

  • The shoes

    I owned three pairs of shoes when this story began.

    A pair of shoes showed up at my house a few years back.  That’s not all that unusual, except these showed up by themselves, with no one attached.

    I was coming up the drive to the garage one day when I saw a plastic Wal-Mart bag with something in it lying against the house.  There’s always something laying around our house, mostly kids, so my curiosity wasn’t peaked until a couple of days later.  The bag was still there.

  • The simple life

    Some winter, huh?

    Did you ever think about the positive side really bad weather brings?

    It’s rest and being with your family.

    Sounds funny doesn’t it?  But sometimes the weather gets so bad that life slows down to a crawl.  You can’t go anywhere because the roads are snowed in.  Even if you could go somewhere, everything is pretty much shut down.  

    So what happens?

    You stay home and bundle up for a day or two.  Maybe play in the snow, watch television, play cards, or get out some old board games.

  • Bus driver salaries don't add up

    Numbers don’t lie, but they can be deceiving. That was the case in an article published in the Jan. 27 issue of The Springfield Sun about the salaries of bus drivers in Washington and surrounding counties, and it’s only appropriate to clear those numbers up and paint the picture as clearly as possible.

    After bus drivers approached the local school board requesting pay raises, I wrote an article that explained how salaries for drivers in Washington County compared to those in surrounding counties, including Marion, Mercer and Nelson counties.

  • What all Americans must know about world history

    Over the past couple of years, too many Americans, including officials in high places, have criticized the United States for actions resulting in terrorism.  Blame has been placed at our own feet for heinous attacks visited upon our citizens and soil.  Interpretation of American “transgression” has even been stated as coming from an enemy that lacks acceptance of, and is against our founding principles: liberty and freedom.  An honest review of history argues against that theme.

  • The cruise

    What was I thinking?

    It’s been my experience in life that you can’t make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear.  No, if you start with a pig’s ear, you’re pretty much going to end up with a pig’s ear. That’s just the way it is.

  • Donate peanut butter to Haiti

    The earthquake that has devastated the capital city of Haiti is an unbelievably cruel disaster for a country that is already one of the poorest and neglected countries in the world. The thousands of lives that have been lost and the devastation that has been left behind are almost too mind-boggling to comprehend.

    But it’s real.

    It may be thousands of miles away from us, but there is a simple way we can help the starving people of Haiti who, we might add, have been starving long before this disaster occurred.

  • Readers Write: Opposing team player's mom praises local coach

    Dear Editor,

    On Jan. 12,  I attended a girls’ high school basketball game that Washington County played against Nelson County. This game was a very close game until the end.

  • Political correctness gone astray

    During the last nine or 10 years, we as Americans have become victims of political correctness by our government. We have continued to argue about the process of how to handle those that have been captured and where they are to be housed. We have been told that these attacks are nothing more than man caused disasters, and we cannot even use the word terrorist as it may create problems with the culture of hate and those responsible. Apparently we have not learned anything from history. It is important to look at history because it may give us some clues to the future.