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Today's Opinions

  • 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).

  • What's for dinner? Leftovers!

    “The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years, she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”

    Calvin Trillin

    We always have a lot of leftovers at our home.  Did you know leftovers could be dangerous in certain circumstances?  You should read the rest of this article to discover why.

  • Readers Write: Reader wants to promote attendance at tax hearing

    Dear Editor,

    This is an important notice to Washington County tax payers.

    The school board is asking for a general fund tax levy of 52.9 percent this year! This is 2 percent over the compensating increase of 50.9 percent.

    Your only chance to voice your opposition to this additional increase is at the school board meeting Wednesday, Aug. 26 at Central Office, 120 Mackville Hill.