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Today's Opinions

  • Tea Party is fading

    Today’s topic is the Tea Party, a so – called political ‘phenomenon.’  Actually, the facts behind the hype show that the Tea Party is not so phenomenal and that as time has passed, and despite claims, it has proven inconsequential and is fading.  

  • Less is better

    Unable to attack the message, the left has chosen to attack the messengers. Unable to prevail in the arena of ideas, they have set out to marginalize the players. Funny thing, though, for eight years we were told that criticizing the government was the highest form of patriotism. Now, we’re told its racism.

  • Finding happiness after sadness

    It may be cliche, but life really is filled with peaks and valleys.

    In December, my wife and I were on top of the world as we found out that she was pregnant with our second child.

    We were overjoyed at the reality that in nine short months we would be adding to our family.

    We were hoping first that it would be a healthy baby.

    Then, we were crossing our fingers that it would be a girl since we already have the best son in the world.

    Only weeks into the pregnancy, we got devastating news.

  • Over the past three years

    Many times in these columns I’ve written about how I came to Grant County right before my 22nd birthday.

    Now, I’m leaving about two months before I turn 25.

    Over the course of those three years, I’ve learned a lot about this county and the people within.

    During my first few months here, I learned the lay of the land and met a lot of people who helped me get acquainted with my new home.

  • Nothing like telling a good story

    I remember, as a kid, how the older men would spin a yarn and pull my leg with stories and anecdotes that entertained me. Occasionally an opportunity arises to which I can continue good stewardship and instill a new generation with thought.

  • Method to the madness

    While some businesses may never hear when their customers are upset, a community newspaper is different.

    After the many calls we’ve received wondering where the TV listings are, I know we’ve got some unhappy customers.

    The TV listings have been part of the Grant County News since 1992. As times changed, so did the look and information they contained. We’ve been happy to provide our readers with this service, but unfortunately we will no longer be able to include them inside our pages.

  • Getting a real world education

    It’s funny when I look back on my time in high school because when it was over, I thought that things would never be the same.

    I had a world set up where I knew mostly everybody, could leave during free periods and was cruising through my senior year enjoying every moment.

    I had lived in Augusta for 13 years and knew every street and what I liked and loved about the city.

    But after I graduated high school, I knew that life was going to change, sooner rather than later.

  • Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all

    I spent Mother’s Day in West Virginia with my mother, Reda Cochran Bailes, and her sisters, Erma and Velma. Or as my great nephew Ethan wrote, when he was 7-years old, in his essay, “We have a big dinner on Mother’s Day, and the ‘Ants’ come.”