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Opinion

  • The State Senate adjourned Thursday night having signed the Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 1, legislation to resolve the Medicaid budget shortfall. Without even a need for a conference committee, the bill passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly with only two no votes.

  • Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
    That’s the sound of time, and it’s running out, at least if you listen to the statements made by the Washington County Fire Protection Association’s leaders.
    In last week’s issue of The Springfield Sun, the WCFPA was represented by John Goatley, who said in not so many words that he doesn’t see the deadline going away for his organiztion to stop providing fire protection to the citizens of Washington County who pay a $45 annual fee for that protection.


  • Bernard Smalley must have been really good last year because he found favor in Santa Claus. In fact, he came a little early for the coach.

    Right before Christmas, the coach was looking at an 0-5 record. His team was getting outscored, on average, by 30 points.
    The offense sputtered for 37 points a game. The defense was giving up 67 points a game. Things were not going well.
    Fast forward to Saturday night. The scene is dramatically different, almost like a different season entirely.


  • When I was very young, I used to have growing pains in my shins.

    It hurt at the time but later in life I enjoyed the benefit of my father’s height. Well, some of his height. I’ll never catch up to his 6-4 frame.
    The St. Catharine College athletics program is also experiencing growth. Lucky for them, they are not experiencing any shin pain that I am aware of.
    The local sports community is buzzing about SCC right now, and I look for that to increase as the athletics program expands.

  • “We are so happy to be alive. Life means a lot more today than yesterday,” said Panama City, Fla. school board member, Jerry Register, the day after deranged gunman, Clay Duke, opened fire on the school board and the school superintendent, William Husfelt.

  • Well, Christmas is over. 

    Have you gotten your after-Christmas “thumping” yet?
    Don’t know what a Christmas thumping is? A thumping is what you get when you foolishly buy something for your spouse that they don’t truly want.  The thumping itself can take many forms of retribution.
    I’ve never had to give Cindy a thumping.  Cindy is the queen of gift giving in our house, except maybe when it comes to clothes for tween and teen girls.  Take me, for instance.

  • Well, hello there Washington County. It’s nice to meet you. 

  • Dear Editor,

  • I love quotes.  The shorter, the better.  

    So without further ado, here are my favorite political quotes for this festive carnival season which leads up to America’s “Election Tuesday”.

     

    “What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.”

    Abraham Lincoln

     

    “Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.”

    Will Rogers

     

  • The pick-up truck was barreling straight towards me, oblivious to the fact that I was prayer-walking, blind to my existence, ignorant of my conversation with God. Glancing at his menacing headlights, I scooted across the road, tucking my tail like one of my Schnauzers when scared, and gasping for breath as I reached the entrance of Gethsemane Abby. I was grateful that I was secure on the other side of the road, a side where I longed for and found, time and time again: calm, peace, tranquility.

  • Cindy and I have been married almost 22 years.

    I always tell people, “That’s a long time with one woman.”

    Of course Cindy’s better at English and would probably use more descriptive words. She’d say something like “the years just flow by like a fast-moving stream with such a wonderful, kind, generous-to-a-fault, humanitarian and credit to the human race as that eloquent, yet humble writer of our times as my Kenny.”

    Sure, she’d say something like that.

  • The United States Supreme Court will soon listen to arguments that will test the very fabric and mettle of the First Amendment’s right of freedom of speech.

    The case stems from members of the Topeka, Kan., Westboro Baptist Church’s constitutional right to picket at military funerals.

    On March 10, 2006, seven members of the Phelps family picketed at 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder’s funeral in northern Maryland.

    More than 1,000 people showed up to support Snyder’s family and to protest against the Phelps’ message.

  • I hope this article will fascinate you, even if you don’t have a military background. It’s about a new piece of technology I saw demonstrated at the National Guard’s Wendell Ford Regional Training Center. It takes a page from the Harry Potter novel and movie series and turns it into reality. Specifically, I’m talking about author J.K. Rowling’s imaginative creation called the “Marauder’s Map.”

  • Dear Editor,

  • The program stands upright, encased in plastic, holding a prominent place on a bookshelf in my office. “Kansas City Chiefs vs. Boston Patriots, Municipal Stadium, November 20, 1966, 50 cents (including tax),” is written in bold letters, displayed on the front of the program. Beneath that announcement, a black and white picture shows Chiefs’ quarterback Len Dawson rolling out, behind the block of fullback Curtis McClinton.

  • I’ve thought about preaching my own funeral. Really. I’m serious. Oh, I would pawn the obituary on a previously selected person, preferably someone who knew me, as opposed to startling some hapless soul who happens to arrive early at the funeral, “Hey, would you mind reading this?”  But the sermon, prerecorded of course, I prefer to reserve for myself, rather than depending on some distracted preacher in a hurry to get the thing done and not miss tee time, or fishing, a ball game, or a soap opera.

  • It’s very hard to predict things, especially the future.

                                                                          Yogi Berra

  • Perhaps the most quoted line from the blockbuster movie, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” (It was the top money maker last weekend, grossing over $19 million, underscoring the truth in its title, “Money Never Sleeps.”) will be the line where Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas)  — having served eight years in prison for insider trading — speaks before a standing-room- only crowd of mesmerized listeners. Gekko says, “Someone reminded me I once said, ‘Greed is good.’ Now it seems it’s legal.”

  • I never won an argument by yelling at another person.

    I never stopped an argument by hurting another person as much as they have hurt me.

    It’s been really big news about the Florida preacher who was going to have the “burn a Koran” day at his church. The Koran is the basis of the Muslim faith, and as it would if there was a “burn a Bible” day, produced a huge outcry from Muslims. So much so that there have been deaths and shootings overseas from this incident.

    Can you imagine what that must feel like?

  • Dear Editor,