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Today's Opinions

  • Lizards and other things ...

    When I was a kid, one of my brothers caught a little lizard in the tobacco field.  Being about 5, I did not have to work in the hot sun.

    Instead, I stayed under a wagon, playing with that little lizard in his mayonnaise jar with holes in the lid and grass for a bed and hidey hole.  I played with him all day, pestering it ad infinitum.  When my brother first caught him, he had a long tail.  By the end of the day—he barely had a stub left.  He had eaten his own tail.

  • Kind, gentle man, taught me about life

    You know how you keep putting off things today because you’re just sure that you’ll have time to get to them tomorrow or next week even?

    I’m guilty of that, as we all are, but I’m also more convinced than ever that certain things cannot and should not be put off, even for a few hours.

    Telling the special people in your life how much they mean to you is one of those things.

    I remember clearly where I was last year on Father’s Day. I was sitting at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood talking to my dad.

  • A WORD FROM OUR READERS . . .

    What is right Iraq policy?
    “Pull out of Iraq,” is one aspiring politician’s sentiment that is shared by many Americans who have begun to weigh success against the time and effort, the lives and hundreds of billions of dollars that we continue to invest in our “Humpty Dumpty.” Can we put it back together again, or should we cut our losses and move on?

  • Retiring teachers: ‘this is for you’

    Many people have asked me what I do now that I have retired. They just corner me in the cat food aisle at the store and demand an answer.

    So, for all you retiring teachers—this is for you.

    First, I had to graduate from elementary school. I majored in reading, writing and talking to teachers in the halls. This took more than 25 years.

  • History according to Ken

    My new bald head has revived people’s interest in me and from where I sprang unto this earth.

    I grew up in middle America on the only expanse of land that no one else ever wanted.  Early settlers never fought a fight with the native Indians to gain the land. It is said that the Indian Chief Horsemuscle gave General Harrison some necklaces to take the land where my hometown sits.

  • All dogs, cats must have county license

    Grant County pets, your pets, deserve to be licensed and protected. They deserve a way to come home if lost, as well as to be safe from diseases.

    Also, in case you weren’t aware, there’s a county ordinance that requires all dogs and cats in Grant County to be licensed annually.
    In order to make it easy for pet owners to comply with the license, the Grant County Animal Shelter will hold a License/Vaccination Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.

  • A WORD FROM OUR READERS . . .

    Grant County comes together for Relay For Life
    As I was sitting on the couch Saturday night, May 21, my mind went over all of the events that went on during the 2011 Grant County Relay For Life. It was such an overwhelming feeling to see our community come together the way it did.

  • Money not the answer to $ystem’s woes

    Hearing all the national hype about failing schools, and how we need to ‘invest’ more money into education, has started me thinking—should we spend more money on education or is it a bloated system of academic bureaucracy?

    As I think about my own education, I realize that it was a shoe string operation.