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Today's Opinions

  • Why we need national energy reform

    Wild claims and plenty of scare tactics are emerging about the dangers of reforming national energy policy.  Cooler reasonable heads are essential as we examine our current situation.  We need a major new national energy policy for four reasons:

    • Energy independence.  Currently we are almost completely dependent on other countries for our national oil supply.  This is a source of danger on many levels, including the hope of eventually achieving world peace.

  • Readers Write: Reader questions sheriff patrols

    Dear Editor,

  • Cap and Trade means lights out for small businesses

     Get ready to pay a whole lot more to keep the lights on.

     Congress currently is working to pass a huge energy bill. The centerpiece is a system to force energy utilities to purchase government credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. This would in effect be an energy tax on the American people as the utilities pass the increased costs along to consumers and small business owners.

  • March 25, 1990

    If you have followed my column over the last few years, then you’re well aware that I may go from writing comic fantasy one week to being deadly serious the next.  My nature is to laugh at the world, but remember why we’re all here.

    Do you know what my favorite subject to write about is?  It’s about God and his messages to us in the Bible.  

    Strange, isn’t it?  A man like me probably knows more about the devil than God because of the way I’ve lived my life.   

  • The battle against domestic violence

    I was listening to the news one morning last week and one of the topics was naturally the economy. The banks, the car manufacturers, mortgage companies, and then the words domestic violence came into play. Working with women who are going through domestic violence is my job, and naturally when I hear those words, my ears automatically perk up.

  • Reader wants to share music in his heart

    Dear Springfield and Washington County,

    When was the last time you were a part of something very special?

    When was the last time your heart strings were played upon so completely that you rediscovered your own personal music score? I speak not about how you sing in the shower; I speak of the music in your heart.

    Have you lost your inner person song? Have you stopped singing in your heart?

  • Checking out at Parkview IGA

    Excitement in a small town is where you find it.  Fortunately, it’s not too hard for someone like me who’s easily amused at even the most mundane things.  Take electronic devices, like cash registers and security systems in stores.  Nothing funny there, but I always seem to have trouble with them.

    Part of the reason is I never carry cash with me.  This is mainly because I don’t own any.  It’s been that way all my life.  

  • Celebrity deaths remind us we're all mortal

    Larger than life.

    It’s a phrase you hear about famous people, whether they are actors, singers, athletes or anyone else we think of as a celebrity.