Today's Opinions

  • Misconduct can go both ways

    Sexual misconduct.

    It’s a phrase we hear in the news almost daily, and it’s getting to the point that there’s a new, high-profile name attached to the words each time we hear them.

    Personally, I have no toleration for people who abuse others in any way, and sexual abuse is a particularly disturbing accusation. If a person is found guilty of such a crime, I feel the full extent of the law should be applied when it comes to doling out punishment.

  • The Lord is with you

    “The Lord is with you.”

    Angel Gabriel to Mary

    The quote you see above was spoken by the angel, Gabriel, to Mary announcing the coming of Jesus Christ. Mary was about to conceive a child without ever knowing a man. God knew, as good a woman as Mary was, she would still need his help, his divine protection, for the road that was ahead of her.

    Divine protection.

  • Good guy finishes first

    It’s one that makes you proud to stand up and say, “Yes, I come from Washington County, where we have good people that make a difference.”

    Today I want to talk about one such young man that is making a difference. His name is Michael Hilton Mann.

  • Smokers are going to smoke

    I’m a former smoker. I smoked a pack-and-a-half a day for 11 years before finally kicking the habit in January 2013.

    That makes this January my fifth year as being smoke free.

    Despite this, I still get cravings; especially when I smell someone else’s cigarettes. When I’m stressed, it sends my “I need a cigarette” craving to DEFCON 1. I literally hear missile alarms and see quick flashes of red sirens pulsating in my brain as my fingers twitter around, longing for that familiar feeling of a cigarette in my hands.

  • It's done

    By the time you read this I will have officially retired from the Army Reserve after a total of 42 years, 7 months and 29 days. I had nine years of active service and the rest as a weekend drilling Army reservist. I never, ever planned on staying this long.

    I believe that I set a record as the longest-serving enlisted man that Washington County has ever had. But I’m sure that local citizen Roger Milburn is the longest serving person overall as a warrant officer with more than 43 years of service.

    Dang that Roger!

  • Envy

    If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

    Max Ehrmann

    Wow, that’s a good quote from Max.

    I never had to worry about the vain part, as I seem to always suffer from an inferiority complex. Early in life it always appeared that everyone else had it better than me. Of course, later in life, after a lot of living experience, I came to find out it was true.

  • Halloween: a time for ghosts

    There ain’t nothin’ like a good old fashioned scary show to get your neck hairs primed and standing up.

    When I was a little kid I was drawn to scary movies like a skunk is to tires rolling down the highway.

    That was a long time ago.

    It was different then.

    Now-a-days kids have infinite sources of entertainment where as we had one. It was television and we had only three channels.

    Good gosh I shutter to think about it.

  • Hug-A-Bug Club

    “Enjoy your family and the life you have now.”

    Norma Goode

    I like that quote. It came from a card Norma Goode at East Texas way sent me a long time ago.