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Today's Opinions

  • I used to be in decent enough shape.

    I mean, I’ve never had what anyone would confuse as muscular arms.

    The only six-pack that could be used to describe me is the liters of Mountain Dew I used to drink in high school.

    But, I was an active kid whose legs were deceptively strong from playing soccer constantly and I could run around all day without tiring.

    My how things have changed.

    My eating habits are about the same, if not a tad worse, but the difference is my body can’t work off the calories in my new couch potato exercise routine.

  • The most beautiful place on Earth

    I am not good at golf.

    Wait, not good doesn’t do my skills justice. I’m terrible.

    I’ve only gotten out and played a couple times, but despite my skills, I love the game.

    I can go out and stink it up for 18 holes, but there is always that one shot or one putt that is perfect and makes me fall in love with the game and makes me want to come back.

    It’s the game that is so frustrating, but so relaxing.

    But it took me a while to get to this place.

  • What you believe is what you believe

    I suppose that 99.9 percent of us can be considered to have racist tendencies whether we recognize them in ourselves or whether we don’t. That .01 percent that doesn’t have such tendencies is probably you.

    I have never walked in the shoes of a hardcore racist, though I could have easily been influenced by my parents who were influenced by their parents in a world considerably different from our world today.

  • Texting without thinking

    I don’t know if I’m just noticing things as I get older or what, but it seems that lately I’m noticing some stupid people out and about.

    Don’t get me wrong we’ve all done stupid things at one point in our lives. Some of them probably more stupid or worse than others, but I’m noticing a trend lately and it’s got me worried.

    The other morning as I was sitting at the entrance of Hogan’s Mill preparing to turn right onto the Dry Ridge Bypass, I observed a man, driving a maroon Chevrolet, drive past.

  • No mercy for the hard-of-hearing

    When people are near blindness, straining to see through thick-lens glasses, people, in general, admire their courage and have some sympathy for their challenges. I’m pretty sure if someone is completely deaf, they are also extending understanding.

    Not so, for the hard-of-hearing. People yell at them. Sure, it’s what they have to do to get them to hear, but it’s usually mixed with a good dose of, “You’re really annoying.”

  • Propaganda or information?

    It totally amazes me what has happened to our political parties and people. Decisions are being made along party lines—no matter if they have any substance or reasoning. People are adhering to lies that have been told and retold until the liars believe the lies themselves.

  • Let the Madness begin!

    They call it March Madness for a reason.

    The NCAA basketball tournament is crazy and by far the best sporting event of the year.

    It easily surpasses the Super Bowl, the World Series and the BCS National Championship game for the most thrills, biggest surprises and greatest fun a person can have sitting in front of a television all day.

    For the first time, I will be taking off work for the first two days of the tournament to enjoy the matchups with two of my friends.

  • Hugs from heaven

    I think we all hold onto things: a tattered baby blanket or tiny baby shoes, a fragile piece of china, a broken pocket knife or a family Bible passed through the years and through the tears, from one generation to another.

    Often, these things have no great monetary value, yet they are priceless. How can that be? A baby blanket is not just a blanket, china is not just china and a broken pocket knife is not just a knife. To repeat a line from the PBS series “Lark Rise to Candleford,” it’s simple; there is “love in these things.”