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Today's Opinions

  • Mr. S. Willey and the national debt

    I’ve been reading a lot on the national debt of these here United States lately.

    I think the U.S. Government is going to spend some $1.8 trillion dollars more than it will take in this next year alone.

    Trillion?  Isn’t that a hard word to wrap your mind around?  

  • Readers Write: Woman upset with treatment of U.S. Flag at local cemetery

    Dear Editor,

    Where is our responsibility to respect our American Flag?

    After Memorial Day weekend was over, and into the following week, I returned to the Willisburg community to get the American Flag I had taken down to my husband’s grave.

  • The blessing of Grace

    “Bless us, O Lord, and for these thy gifts which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.”

    Grace is such a simple prayer.  It’s a prayer of thanksgiving and a reminder that all we have comes from a loving God.  

    I had an uncle who died many years ago that never ate anything without saying Grace, and I mean nothing.  He seemed to take it to extremes.

  • Session sets stage for economic recovery

    As my colleagues and I began the second week of the 2009 Extraordinary Session, we were still uncertain as to if we would be able to accomplish our foremost mission, addressing our almost $1 billion budget shortfall. With the Senate approving one version of the budget and the House approving vastly a different one, many were unsure about the bill’s fate.  Yet, after only one day, the conference committee emerged from negotiations with two bills geared towards economic recovery and fiscal discipline.

  • Mr. Fixit rides again!

    You know what?  

    If you do think you know “what,” then you probably don’t know anything.  You’re just lucky you have an old man like me around to straighten you out.  Old people know everything.  The first thing is, there are a lot of “whats” in life.  I like to give them out one at a time in this here column so as to not confuse you.

    Today’s “what” lesson is kids tear up a lot of things.

  • Health insurance for pets? Have mercy!

    I’m glad that in these weekly columns I have an opportunity to share thoughts and opinions about things going on in the world.

    I write in the local newspaper while millions of others share their opinions via a blog on the Internet.

    One item caught my attention last week that had me shaking my head.

    NBC Nightly News reported that some pet owners are spending upwards of $15,000, out-of-pocket, for surgery for a beloved cat or dog.

    That’s fifteen thousand dollars, cash!!!

  • We're not in Mayberry anymore

    Do you know what a “School Resource Officer” is?  

    I sure didn’t until about a month ago.  

    But I do now, and it’s important for you to know, as well.  

    A lot of times I avoid talking about tough, important topics because it’s too difficult to address them properly in the limited amount of space I have.  Please bear with me as I attempt to tie together school resource officers, Washington County High School and our local school board.  

  • Make physical activity a part of your life

    For some people “exercise” is a dirty word. The fact remains, however, that almost everyone can improve his or her health through regular physical activity. Physical activity has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of developing or dying from heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure. In recent years, research has linked regular physical activity to the prevention of breast cancer, stroke, osteoporosis and many other major health complications.