Today's Opinions

  • Duck kicking preferred to slow death by pecking

    For 10 years I worked with Daphne Loyall at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.

    Daphne, as administrator, deals with patient care, personnel issues, auditors and government regulations. Just try to read through the latest Medicare requirements and you’ll find plenty of reasons to pull out your hair.

    Daphne had an expression she used when she was having one of “those days,” when no big thing was going wrong but the little things weren’t going right and she felt she would drown in them.

  • Carolyn’s life was one big adventure

    My friend Carolyn Martinette was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. Her initial diagnosis was gloomy, but she went about her life with more optimism than most healthy people muster on their best days. It’s a shame they can’t bottle that kind of courage.

    Besides being deputy circuit court clerk, she was a board member for Main Street and the founder of a unique business – Lincolnlicense.com. She produced souvenir driver’s licenses with Abraham Lincoln’s image.

  • It's hard to understand when God intervenes in our plans

    A couple of months ago, someone asked me why I don’t write about my children as often as I used to. When they were younger, they made frequent appearances in my columns – but always with their permission.

    As they became adults, I tried to respect their right to privacy. Amanda, always a whirlwind of sociability, probably wouldn’t mind if I wrote about her life; but Daniel was more introverted. He didn’t care to draw a lot of attention to himself.

    But he managed to do exactly that on Nov. 2.

    That was the day everything changed.

  • Many thanks to all the workers who helped during the storm

    That old saying that opposites attract must really be true.

    Through this storm, I kept saying to Dennis, “Isn’t this just beautiful?”

    We live in the woods and though it’s dangerous, the ice looks beautiful glistening in the sunlight. He replies with obscenities I can’t repeat in the paper.

  • DTV conversion is approaching

    In less than three weeks, TV as we know it will end – unless Congress grants an extension. Most of us won’t even notice.

    Thanks to a government-mandated flood of public service messages most Americans know that the transition from digital to analog transmission signals for broadcast television stations must be completed by Feb. 17.

    We’ve seen the countdown clocks, watched the commercials and some even have visited the dtv2009.gov Web site for more information.

  • Main Street manager looks forward to new challenges, progress

    Here I am, mind spinning with much-to-do in my new office full of information, grant applications, events planning and so much more. Then I look up on my office wall and see a huge check, huge any way you look at it: $132,075 (actually twice that much and more because it is matched by those who benefit from the grant for facade improvements). I am struck anew with the importance and challenge of having a good Main Street program in a small town.

  • Get out of the cart before you’re stuck in it

    I saw something downright appalling the other day.

    It was a fat child.

    Before you start penning those letters or firing off e-mails with indignation that I should say such a thing about the poor little fella, let me explain. His weight was the least of his problems.

    My husband Bud and I were in the grocery store and ended up in an aisle behind a woman pushing a shopping cart with her son inside. She was complaining and griping at the boy because he was riding in the cart, that he wouldn’t get out and was eating all the food.

  • Writer disappointed in new U.S. policy

    I was saddened this week to hear our new president has reversed previous administration policy on a ban that prohibited giving federal funds to international groups that perform abortions and provide information on it.