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Today's Opinions

  • One incident of child abuse is too many

     

    Last year, there were 481 reports of child abuse in Grant County. These reports, according to Child Protective Services, represent 385 families or 694 children.

  • Some acts will never make any sense

     

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    orgive me if this column rambles. It mirrors my thoughts at this time, the day following the bombing of the Boston Marathon.

  • Greasing the skids for the Democrats

     

    There was a vote a couple of weeks ago that affected filibusters by individual United States Senators.

  • U.S. 25 Yard Sale is growing

     

    Spring has finally sprung and before you know it, the U.S. 25 Yard Sale will be here.  Grant County had a wonderful turn-out last year and this year will be even better. This year’s date is June 6, June 7 and June 8 and now is the time to start getting ready.  We have established the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in June every year for the yard sale.  

  • Southern values

     

    For most of my life, my mom was a single mother to three children. I remember the late nights she used to work and how my sister would have to help me with my homework and we would all have to help with the chores around the house. I saw how she struggled and fought to put food on the table. 

    For all the struggles, I never remember needing for anything, sure there was plenty I wanted but not needing anything. 

  • Public pension reform is session highlight

     

    After finishing my first legislative session as majority floor leader, I am proud to look back at the significant accomplishments of the 2013 regular session of the general assembly.  Most importantly, we successfully established a new spirit of bipartisan collaboration which allowed us to move the state forward in a meaningful fashion on substantive issues such as comprehensive public employee pension system reform, university bonding, a regulatory framework for hemp production, and added transparency for special taxing districts.

  • Avoid scams by giving locally

     

    Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills gets calls from the public on a weekly basis asking him if someone is collecting for the police fund or if a prize letter they received in the mail is real.

    His advice has been if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. He also recommends the public ask questions and check with local organizations or businesses before they send donations in the mail or give to a solicitor that knocks at your door.

  • 4-H is one of the best kept secrets in the county

     

    The 4-H program has a “learn by doing” approach and that means proven results for the youth who participate.

     Studies show that 4-H members are:

    • Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school;

    • Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college;

    • 41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors; and

    • 25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities.