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Today's Opinions

  • Skunks on the move

    It is that time of year again and I am reminded because of the smell and road kill left behind. Plus, a strong scent of skunk has been lingering in the pasture this past week; and I got an Instagram video from my niece as she was clearly backing away from a lumbering black and white rodent down by the river!  
    We used to get them circling the house on winter evenings but our livestock guardian dogs’ presence has kept them from bay the last few years.  Their presence is not surprising, however, because it is mating season for skunks and they are on the move!

  • Ark employee addresses community

    I am an employee at the Ark. I have been telling Grant County businesses they need to step up and get motels, restaurants and a decent campground.  I also wrote to the governor.
    I also told the governor that is not just for the Ark, but the travelers, vacationers, and residents.
    I have worked there since we opened on July 7, 2016.  I have met people from all over the World. Australia, Africa, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Poland, etc. A lot of our “guests” tell me we are the nicest people.

  • Can we trust our news media?

    Did Donald Trump mock a disabled reporter?
    Surely you saw the video of President Trump appearing to mock a disabled reporter as it was all over the news media and social media. Hillary Clinton made reference to the video during the campaign.
    The video is still being shown and people are believing, even today, that he mocked a disabled reporter simply because they “saw it”.

  • Great once again

    Our nation experienced a wonderful American political tradition, as we witnessed the peaceful transfer of executive power. The new president assumed office riding a wave of voter enthusiasm not seen since Reagan.
    For an accurate barometer of that enthusiasm, one should look beyond even the popular vote totals and the Electoral College. The Republican Party now holds 33 governor’s offices, 32 State Legislatures and has control of both legislative branches and the governorship in 24 states.

  • Culture demeans sanctity of human life

    We’ve just come through a brutal election that seems to have lasted at least two years.
    An election deemed as, “... the most important election of our lifetime,” by the Rev. Franklin Graham on the billygraham.org website.
    “Whomever we elect will take the helm of a nation that has grown increasingly hostile and intolerant of the very foundation and principles upon which it was so nobly founded—the Christian faith and biblical values,” Graham said in a September 2016 article.

  • Winter gardening restores

    There is something about working in the garden on a sunny winter day:  it clears debris from both the perennial bed and the gardener’s head.   There is clarity to the winter landscape that is quite different than any other season.  On a clear day, the sky is a true blue, you can see all the birds flitting about the leafless trees.  

  • Favorites of last year’s reading season

    Yes, I have a reading season, and each year the season gets a little longer as I reject television and radio listening more and more.  The current state of our news cycle has helped push me back into books and this year I came across four titles that I particularly liked because they deepened my understanding of food and farming.  
    “First Bite: How We Learn to Eat”

  • Boys don’t like girls who bite their nails

    For as long as I could remember, I was a nail-biter. Like the compulsive, bite-down-until-they-bleed kind.  
    I know, it’s a dirty, disgusting habit. You don’t have to tell me.
    In middle school, my older brother endowed me with the timeless wisdom, “Boys don’t like girls who bite their nails.”  
    Thanks, brother. Nice pep talk.