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Today's Opinions

  • Springfield goes Hollywood: Take 3!

    It’s hard to imagine that anyone could call it common, but it seems these days, getting attention from a movie company or some other group that can bring publicity to our little town of Springfield is, well, kind of common.

    In the four years I’ve lived here, we now have our third brush with stardom. First, it was the 2007 shot at hosting the world premier of “The Simpsons Movie.” We didn’t win the grand prize, but we were recognized around the globe, and had voters casting their ballots for us to be the true home of the animated television series.

  • The Hug-A-Bug Club

    “Enjoy your family and the life you have now.”

    Norma Goode

    I like that quote.  It came from a card Norma sent me last week.  

  • A little about heroes

    Did you ever stop to think who was really a hero in your life, aside from giving it a fleeting thought?  I know the latter had been the case for me, that is, until I took the time to prepare this article.  What had changed for me?  Actually, it is the person who this article is about.  That person is Myles Brand, recently deceased president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

    What makes Myles Brand a hero in my eyes?  Actually, it is many different things, but mainly it is the courage he displayed in many challenging situations.

  • 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,