Today's Opinions

  • It doesn't mean I don't like you - just because I call you names

    Sally Jo Johnson. Back Rot. Luscious Jackson. Fast Walker. Baby Yaris.

    You may be asking yourself what all of the above have in common. It’s simple. They are the result of a habit I share with my friend of 20 years to nickname people, pets or objects. Somewhere between the seventh grade and now, Heather and I developed an aversion to calling anything by its given name.

  • Delegation forming to welcome home vets

    Local veteran Lee Ratliff thinks it is time the community honored service men and women as they return from overseas tours of duty.

    Ratliff, along with Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Commander Chapter 003 Gary Rice, is interested in speaking with others willing to form a delegation to welcome the defenders home.

    Ratliff said he got the idea when one of his neighbors, Rhonda and Terry Tucker, placed a welcoming sign outside their home in honor of their son, infantryman Justin Murphy.

  • What's in your wallet?

    Do you have your driver's license handy?

    Go ahead. Check your wallet. I'll wait.

    I realized recently that all the items from one side of my wallet were missing. I carry a lot of stuff in my wallet. It's not a filing cabinet like George Costanza on "Seinfeld," but does contain some old receipts, forgotten reminders and a few valuable documents.

  • Count your blessings, name them one by one

    ‘Tis raining today, but it’s not dreary, I welcome the rain with open arms, as I am thankful I am here to enjoy the beauty that God has bestowed upon us.

    This week, many of us will be fortunate to gather with family and friends to enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving, for that I am thankful, as there are those less fortunate who may not have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving.

  • Genealogy Society needs a home

    I’ve been trying to find time to make a short trip to Spencer County, Indiana, to do historical research.

  • Skipping over Thanksgiving

    I was raised with no Thanksgiving traditions.

    My parents weren’t heathens. We were taught to appreciate others, say thanks, appreciate our blessings. Like every other child who didn’t want to eat broccoli, we were told that  children in Africa were starving and we should be thankful that we had plenty to eat.

  • Political calm is just a click away

    It's less than a week until the election and by now most of you have made up your minds about the major national and state races on the ballot. In fact, by now, many of you probably are ready for the whole thing to be over.

    In a nation that prides itself on democracy, self-determination and freedom, why do so many of us get fed up with the campaign process?

    I'm convinced the culprit is the frequency, intensity and venum of political ads on television. And I'm not going to deal with it any more.

  • Subscription drive benefits American Cancer Society

    The American Cancer Society’s detailed guide to breast cancer states that one in eight women has a chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in their life. Will it be you, your mom, sister, daughter, best friend, someone you sit by in church, the checker at the local grocery?

    Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women, second only to lung cancer. The ACS says one in 35 women will die from the disease.