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Today's Opinions

  • Local pharmacists could be next

    The recent closing of the Borders bookstore has me wondering what the citizens of Grant County would think if they lost the services of their local trusted pharmacists. The possibility is real. The similarities to what shut down a mega retailer like Borders, and the economic pressures facing retail pharmacy are quite striking. Except for one thing: books are a commodity, drugs purchased at a pharmacy and the services provided by a pharmacist are not!

  • For mature audiences only

    Recently, I spoke to my mother on the phone. Here’s how it went. (The names have been changed to protect the innocent.)

    “How is Kim doing?” I asked.

    “Well, Edith said that she has very few wrinkles,” she answered. “But, she weighs 190 POUNDS. She’s just let herself go.”

    “Uh. Well, what I really meant was how is she recovering from her broken hip?”

    “Oh, that—she can put the weight of one toe on the floor and has to use a walker,” she said.

  • The day that changed my life

    In life there always seems to be twists and turns that take us in different directions. When you are young we often think we have it all planned out, and we do not anticipate any bumps in the road. What we don’t know is that one thing that may only take a second will change the course of your life forever.

  • What’s in a number?

    I love Chinese food. It’s one of my favorite types of food to eat and I especially like the fortune cookie you get when they give you the bill. I’ve traveled to Asia and they really don’t give you fortune cookies at most restaurants there.

    The fortune cookie is an American thing, but it’s fun anyway.

    While I don’t follow the signs or stars or don’t let astrology rule my thought process, except for belief in that whole full moon thing, I do save the fortunes from my cookies.

  • Bill Dills will be missed at fair

    There’s one person you could always count on seeing at the 4-H Livestock Auction held the last Saturday night of the Grant County Fair and that was Bill Dills.

    Dills grew up on a farm and participated in 4-H as a youth. I’m sure he often remembered the sweat equity he put into raising cattle and produce to show at the fair.

  • Despite being ‘useless,’ no regrets

    I am useless.

    In fact, I am useless twice over.
    That’s according to rankings recently released by The Daily Beast, an online partner of Newsweek Magazine.

    The Daily Beast ranked the 20 Most Useless College Majors.
    Some included agriculture, fashion design, music, chemistry, art, literature and psychology.

    Of course, being ever so lucky, journalism fell at number one.
    To add salt to the wound, English, which I also majored in, was listed at number 19.

  • A WORD FROM OUR READERS . . .

    Ark not funded by government funds
    In regards to the proposed Ark Encounter, Sara Meric writes that it is “a blatant violations of the U.S. Constitution’s wall or separation between church and state.” First of all, this separation is not in the Constitution. It is a false construct introduced in 1947 by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and gone along with by a liberal U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has gone along with more than one atrocity, witness Dred Scot.

  • Students: most important component

    I have given considerable thought regarding what topic should be shared in my first communication as superintendent of Grant County Schools. My first idea was to share how much I appreciated the opportunity to return home and lead this great district. Then, I debated several hot topics in education today: college and career readiness standards, 21st Century skills, or even, of local interest, our new Career and Technical Education facility.