Today's Opinions

  • Who's the party for?

    It was our first foray into Christmas shopping, 2014, the day after Black Friday.

    I meandered aimlessly through the department store, my wife’s words echoing in my ears: “We’ll just stop for a few things after we take Mary to the airport. At least we’ll get some Christmas shopping started. Don’t worry. I want to get back early, too.”

    That was an hour a half ago, a passing moment for a shopper; an eternity for me.

    The truth is, she is a conflicted shopper: She loves to shop but doesn’t like to have to shop.

  • Forgetfulness

    There are three surefire signs of getting old. The first is forgetfulness.

    I don’t remember what the other two are.

    Must not have been important.

    Anyway, now that I’m past middle aged, I can tell you that my memory isn’t what it used to be. If I didn’t, then Cindy would.

    Unlike myself, Cindy has a photographic memory and never forgets anything. It’s something that comes in quite handy for her when we have “loud discussions” at home. Any of you other guys have that problem out there?

  • Becoming an effective leader

    By David Donathan

    Administrators often comment on what effective leaders they are, but true leaders do not reflect on the administrative acumen. This dichotomy is reflected in the difference between administrators and leaders. Administrators are process/policy focused whereas leaders are outcome focused. As long as an issue is being researched, studied, reviewed, revised, administrators are satisfied that progress is being made.  Leaders, on the other hand, understand that achievements, not intentions are of paramount import.

  • The warning label

    Years ago I when I was on active duty with the Army, I met a guy that had a poster in his office of a beautiful young woman in a bathing suit smiling back at you.

    I was a young fellow then and I have to admit I stood staring at it for a minute when the guy looked up and said “Read the warning label.”

    I didn’t see anything written on it and said “What warning label?”

    He then pointed down to a sentence so small that you literally had to use a magnifying glass to read it.

  • Is it ever going to end?

    I do not envy the Washington County School Board when it comes to making yet another decision regarding the opening of the new high school facility.

    I’ve followed the progress of the school closely and it’s been an ongoing story in The Sun for more than a year now. Even after everything that has happened — the delays, the vandalism, the disputes between all parties involved — it’s, at best, questionable whether the December move-in happens as scheduled.

  • Sure it’s time to celebrate?

    It’s one of the strangest football plays I’ve ever seen. The TV announcers were completely fooled, as was the entire Utah football team.  Unless you are a University of Oregon football fan, it’s painful to watch, and I would think even their fans feel a tinge of compassion for Kaelin Clay, the Utah wide receiver who prematurely celebrated what he thought was a touchdown.

  • The Jack Murphy story

    Writer’s note: My 16-year-old daughter, Jenny, gave the following speech for the Washington County High School Veterans Day program on Nov. 7. I’m reprinting it here with the dream that our politicians in Washington, D.C., would read it so they would come to know what selfless service for your country really is. If they were the kind of men that Mr. Murphy was, then our country wouldn’t have the problems we have today.

    Today we celebrate Veterans Day.

  • Saying goodbye

    Goodbyes can be frightening when they hold the possibility of prolonged separation and being forgotten.  You don’t have to be on your deathbed to feel that.

    I can see it already in my 2-year-old grandson, Eli Benson.

    I let him drive my car. Don’t worry, he doesn’t really drive. But don’t tell him, because he thinks he does. Eli meets me at the front door with determined eyes and declares, “Eli drive Poppop’s vroom vroom.”