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Today's Opinions

  • Do you believe in Santa Claus?

    Five furry faces peered between the wires of the cold, metal cage.

    A nice smelling woman approached the two cages and bent down to poke her fingers inside where they were met with sloppy licks and appreciative tail wags.

    “They’re really cute, but I just can’t take one home,” the woman said.

    As people entered Tractor Supply in Williamstown on Dec. 5, they greeted the sweet puppies and when those people exited the store, they stopped and wished the puppies well.

  • Reliving past experiences

    Having a child allows you sometimes to relive your own experiences.

    You start to remember early Christmases, the Halloween costumes and not having a care in the world other than why you can’t eat candy for dinner and why you have to go to bed so early.

    Recently, I got to witness my 2-year-old son have several new experiences during our first family vacation to Florida.

    It was a short three-day trip to the home of my wife’s best friend just outside of Orlando.

    The first nausea-inducing hurdle was getting to the Sunshine State.

  • Understanding my parents a little better

    I was lucky enough to travel to Cincinnati with Mason-Corinth Elementary’s fifth grade classes last week.

    They were going to Great American Ballpark for an educational program provided by the Reds and it sounded like a fun way to see Grant County’s students outside of the classroom.

  • Let the mouse battle begin!

    When I was a lad, the children’s warden read stories to me about the country mouse and the city mouse and lots of other little mice that were good little mice. Saturday morning cartoons showed how big bad cats harassed the good little mice.

  • Information wanted; don't be shy

    The biggest project that we undertake each year is the Guide to Grant County and we’ve already started on the guide for 2010.

    This yearly publication is a listing of all elected officials, agencies, organizations, groups, churches, etc.

    You may have already received a call from us asking for you to update your information. If you have not, please don’t wait for us to call you, give us a call at 859-824-3343 or by email at jbakernantz@grantky.com and let us know if the contact names and numbers for your group have changed during the last year.

  • Communities should take interest in citizenship

    Nine young men filed quietly into the Williamstown City Council meeting on Nov. 2.

    They took their seats and focused intently on the people seated behind the raised, wooden platform.

    Several of the boys’ parents also came to the meeting and sat a few rows behind their children.

    The group, Cub Scout Pack 318, lead by Roy Osborne, were working on their Citizenship Patch. To earn it, they came and spent some time learning how their government works.

    The meeting opened, as it always does with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the business at hand.

  • Learning lessons from impactful people

    In the Oct. 26 issue of Sports Illustrated, Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno recalls a conversation he had with his son, telling Jay that the day he had children, Joe would have his revenge.

    Describing how Jay would realize that his happiness would be determined by the happiness of his children, he said:

  • Community comes together for cause

    Mary Michael Kells, Sue O’Conner and Charlene Rogers were the driving force behind the most prestigious fundraising event to ever take place in Grant County.

    The three “First Ladies of Fine Dining” spearheaded the Feed The People Charity Dinner held last Friday in the beautiful, brick dinning room at the former Forum Restaurant in downtown Williamstown.