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Opinion

  • The recent passing of Mrs. Chris Sisk triggered 1950’s memories of the “Ben Franklin Five and Ten Cent” store on Springfield’s Main Street. The glass bins of candy filled with chocolate stars, corn candy, malt balls, and many other candies come to mind. Mrs. Sisk was the proprietor who was also a gifted whistler. She was often called upon to provide entertainment at local events.

  • “Shopping is a woman thing. It’s a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase.”

    Erma Bombeck

    You want to live life on the edge? Then my suggestion is to go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, infamously known as “Black Friday.”

  • “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”

    Mother Teresa

    A community Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the St. Dominic Elementary School cafeteria on Thanksgiving Day at no charge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages, cultures, and religions are welcome. It’s meant for people who just want to share this blessed time with others.

  • I can’t remember the first time I heard the old saying “What goes around, comes around” but I’m pretty sure it was during a lesson by my grandmother about the virtues of being kind or staying out of trouble. It can really apply to many things, but have you ever thought about this phrase as it relates to our local economy?

  • Dear Editor,

    Washington County Middle School students will be initiating a project titled “Pay It Forward”.

  • I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.

    Abraham Lincoln

    One Iraqi war veteran, Phillip Campbell, told me that Washington County does more for veterans than any other community that he knows. The biggest celebration has been the one at Washington County High. My father, a World War II vet, attends every year and positively beams when he talks about it.

    Yet there are numerous other smaller events that don’t always receive mention.

  • Dear Editor,

    I have just sat down to read the paper and noticed an article on EMS. I must admit that I was hurt and angry. You see my husband, John White, was one of those people who had to be gotten up a total of six times. He had cancer and was so weak he could not even crawl, much less walk. You know this was a very painful and humiliating thing for both of us. This is not something you do just because you can. He was a proud man and did not want to lose his dignity, but he had no choice.

  • Dear Editor,

    Life says there is a season for everything, that given enough time most people, places and things will change, therefore I’m not easily moved these days. In fact, little surprises me, but when I read that Fredericktown Elementary School would be closing its doors, I admit I was saddened.

    Aware that FES was facing a potential closing, I remained optimistic about its future, and for the most part because that very rumor was circulating back some 30-plus years ago when I was a student at FES.

  • Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

    Emma Lazarus

    The above quote is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. It’s not idealistic dribble. It’s a real world economic plan for success.

  • I have little sympathy for some victims of identity theft. Not all, because some people simply have their private information stolen, and there’s little or nothing they could do to prevent it. I’ve even had someone hack into my bank account on the Internet, so I know it can happen to anybody, no matter how careful you think you might be.

  • No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.

    Ronald Reagan

    Throughout my life, I’ve seen the difference that volunteering efforts can make in people’s lives.

    Jimmy Carter

  • Squished.

    Squeezed.

    Squashed.

    I experienced all three of the above sensations last week when I had my very first mammogram at Spring View Hospital. And let me just say that “squished” is probably the most accurate of the three words above. But, there was also some squeezing and squashing involved. In fact, there are many other descriptive words I could use to describe my mammogram experience but they probably aren’t appropriate for the newspaper. I’ll save those for “girl talk” with my female friends and colleagues.

  • Every now and then it’s good if the parents of young kids can get away together for a few hours. Sometimes you need to step away from being a daddy or momma and just be a husband and wife again. It kind of renews the romance.

    There is one important point to make here. Kids tend to suck all the money out of you, along with your lifeblood, so it’s best if these are cheap affairs.

    Being a thoughtful husband I decided to make this happen for Cindy the other day while Fall Break was in session.

  • With the election coming up next month, I don’t know a single person who isn’t excited about this.

    I teach a class called “Diversity in Society” at St. Catharine College. Somehow the class got on the topic of who would win the upcoming election. One student in the class asked me whether it made any difference in people’s lives who won. I answered “no”, but a better answer might have been “not very much” or “not as much as I would like”.

  • “Posterity — You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve YOUR freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”

    John Quincy Adams

    You’ll agree that John Quincy Adams left us powerful instructions. This is a great time to cozy back up to our core values and examine the power and responsibility of our right to vote.

  • It’s been years since I’ve tried to set anything down into print, but when Jeff Moreland agreed to let me submit a guest column, I couldn’t resist taking a shot at it; good publicity’s been hard to come by this summer. Jeff wastes a lot of ink on his headlines, but he’s a fair man, he prints a factual story, and he has never misquoted anything I told him. So with apologies to all the English teachers in the Washington County schools, and the help of my daughter and her laptop, I’ll give it a try.

  • They say records are made to be broken, and as a sports fan, I’ve seen over the years just how true that statement can be. Unfortunately, as the current political season is in full swing, there are plenty of politicians out there who also believe promises are made to be broken.

    Have you listened to them lately?

  • Financial advisor.

    Definition: Institutional investor - Past year stock market investor who’s now locked up in a nuthouse.

    Hey everybody!

    You guys watch that stock market lately? The bubble popped and I was sitting right on top of it when it happened.

  • A couple of weeks ago, the United States was shell-shocked. Wall Street plummeted, leaving many Americans in a state of awe and panic. Likewise, the election of this year is likely to go down in history as the most controversial ever. Both Senators McCain and Obama are showing their true colors when it comes to the economic crisis. They believe that ripping each other’s throats out is going to steady the free-falling economy. A war between the presidential candidates is not what we need.

  • St. Dominic Grade School squared off against Washington County Middle School in the third annual Middle School Football Championship game a couple of weeks ago.

    On one side you had the St. Dominic Knights. A school, which had won the first and second championship games and had big winning seasons in each of those years.

    On the other side you had the Washington County Generals, a team that hadn’t had a win in five years.