Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Organ donors give the gift of life

    My dad has had a change of heart recently.

    Actually, he received a new heart via transplant on Sept. 29.

    In a way, it had been a long time coming, but in other ways, the wait was extremely short.

    Dad’s heart problems began when I was in high school, and he was about to turn 37 years old.

    In the summer of 1988, I was gone on a trip with friends to Charleston, South Carolina. My parents were home and my mom was getting ready to go to a friend’s wedding just up the street from our house.

  • 'No regerts' with Ranger Randy

    My daughter Jenny called the other day from Western Kentucky University with a proposition.

    “Hey Dad, how would you like to go on an all-expenses-paid trip to the Grand Canyon over the Thanksgiving break with me?”

    “Heck, yeah. What sucker’s paying for that,” I quickly responded.

    “Sucker is such an ugly word. I prefer to substitute that with ‘noble benefactor’”, Jenny came back.

    “OK then, who is the benefactor?”


  • Nothing in life is free

    High and dry.

    That’s the status of the old Springfield swimming pool. In fact, it’s completely gone.

    If you saw the photo on the front page of last week’s Springfield Sun, you noticed the concrete that formed the pool was being broken up and hauled away. Now, less than a week later, it’s already gone and dirt has been packed back into its place. A person driving by who didn’t know a pool was once there has no way of knowing it ever existed.