Today's Opinions

  • The clumsy fox jumped over the antique dog

    The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

    Anyone who’s learned to type should know that sentence well.

    For some of you who may not know it, that sentence is taught because it contains every letter in the alphabet.

    I’m a terrible typist. I flunked it in school, and I have learned to type with mainly my index fingers.

    Thankfully, we had computers to learn to type on in school, but I tried something a little more old school over the weekend.

  • The American warzone

    Class is in session.

    Today we have a pop quiz.

    Ready? Here it goes.

    Question 1: How many American military personnel were killed in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan for the whole year of 2017?

    Question 2: How many school children were shot to death in the past month in the United States of America.

    Question 3: How many people were killed and wounded in the Las Vegas mass shooting on Oct. 1, 2017.

    OK. Put your pens down.

    Here are the answers.

  • Guns aren't the problem

    Guns aren’t the problem, no matter how hard you cherry pick the numbers.

    As a gun owner, it pains me to hear folks blame the lack of gun control as the problem for mass shootings in the United States.

    No matter what you believe, the gun didn’t sprout legs, a consciousness, and decide to kill everyone in sight.

    It was a person behind the trigger that did that.

    “But if guns were banned, then we wouldn’t have this problem…”

  • It's time for commonsense laws

    Sr. Claire McGowan

    Guest Editorial



    I. am. done.

    Done with cheesy slogans. Done with stupid memes: “Guns don’t kill; people do”; “Nobody’s going to take away my freedom to bear arms, any kind of arms I want”; “The left won’t be happy until they take away all our guns and only the criminals have them.”

  • A good conversation

    “One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody’s listening.”

    Franklin P. Jones (American Businessman, 1887-1929)

    I’ve always tended to talk out loud to myself when I’m writing. You know, just to see how things sound, and such. As I get older I tend to do this more and more. You may not know it but they say this is a sign of great “genius”.

    “Who says that?”, you ask.

  • A trip worth taking

    As we observe Black History Month, I find myself reflecting on a recent trip that taught me more about the history of our nation, including some of the cruelest times imaginable. It was a visit to Memphis, Tennessee, to the National Civil Rights Museum, and it was a trip well worth taking.

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life fighting for equality. He did so until his death on April 4, 1968, in Memphis.

  • Journalism at its finest

    Journalism is a tough profession.

    You hear a lot about what you did wrong – even if you did nothing wrong at all – and rarely hear about what you got right.

    But I got an email Monday morning telling me that one of my articles had an impact on Washington County.

    Which one, you ask? It was the article about the road signs being stolen around the county.

  • I'm a careful man

    I’m a careful man.

    I always take my time when I’m making a big decision. I weigh the pros and cons. Do some research and background checking. Make sure that I’m right, then I move ahead.

    The kids asked me the other day when did I know their mother was “The One” that would bear my children and share my life.

    I told them: “30 days after I met her.”

    Renee said “You mean that after only knowing momma for 30 days you were sure she was “The One”.