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Today's Opinions

  • Times, choices are tough

    Times are tough and businesses are hurting.

    I see it when I drive past local eateries and retail stores and their parking lots are nearly empty.

    I hear it in conversations around me at church, in the grocery store and at the post office.

    Business slows down and workers get laid off.

    Laid off workers don’t go out to eat which means less tips for local waitresses and waiters. Less tips mean less money to purchase items from the school fund raiser.

  • Things to be thankful for this New Year

    In December of 2007, I lost a friend.

    Only two years older than me, Kyle was a friend from high school. Since he could drive, he would help me get from place to place, coming in through the clutch over and over again whenever I needed a ride.

    When he died, I took it hard. I hear all the time that young people think they’re invincible and nothing can ever harm them. I knew that wasn’t true, but when Kyle passed, I had to confront the fact that I had taken things for granted.

  • I did NOT kill Rudolph last week

    Contrary to unsubstantiated rumor, which might be floating around Grant County, I did not and I repeat DID NOT kill Rudolph last week.

    I was completely full of the Christmas spirit or maybe it was that awesome steak and gravy or macaroni that my mom made for dinner on Friday night after we put up her Christmas tree.

    As I headed home, she said, as she nearly always does, “Watch out for deer, dear.”

    I nodded and sprang straight to my car, or at least my husband’s car and away we went quick as a wink.

  • A new year with new beginnings

    It is that time of year again, the time you sit down and make your list of things you’ll do different or things you want to change. And if you’re anything like me, around Jan. 2, the New Year’s resolutions that you made already seem to be forgotten.

    I don’t know what it is about the resolutions that make them so hard for me to stick to them. Maybe I make too many, or maybe I make the same ones each year hoping that this year will be different.

  • No one can predict what will come

    A new year brings new possibilities and promise.

    I look forward to a fresh start in 2009 because I think that 2008 was a hard year and I’m glad to see it’s in the history books.

    There were a lot of good things that happened during the year, but there were a lot more that I found made the year long and tough.

    There was the cold, cold weather and the storms that kept ripping through our community. There were shootings, thievery and death from accidents.

  • Message of Christmas changes with age

    The holidays seem a little bit different this year to me.

  • Surviving Christmas 1960

     

  • An empty house becomes something more

     

     

    For a year and a half, I’ve lived in Grant County. And for a year and a half, I’ve been on my own.