Opinion

Elvis & Brucie

Local Commentaries

We had the ‘60s channel on the radio the other day. Songs from my youth…. Some of these specialized stations just play non-stop music with occasional reminders of the station to which you’re tuned. The 60’s station sometimes has a D.J. who has interesting comments about the music. ...

‘Active shooter’

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Recently, Chief Deppen presented an “active shooter” information session at Emmanuel United Church of Christ. Members of several churches attended. He cautioned against assuming “it can’t happen to me.” He also pointed out that an average police response time is five ...

The gift

Local Commentaries

As we approach Christmas most of us are focused on the gifts we will give and the gifts we will receive. Years ago, I did an exercise with one of my first grade classes about gifts. I told them to imagine that they could only have one gift that year. They were to draw a picture of what they ...

Christmas wants and needs

Local Commentaries

“All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” was a song from my childhood. I remember having fun trying to sing along while exaggerating the lisps of the gap-toothed kid it was written about. Thinking back it’s probably my first realization that Christmas, especially to a child, is ...

Our Opinion: Deluded

Our Opinion

“Analysis” of elections sometimes must seem laughable to political pros. Take one conclusion some in the media are drawing from the Dec. 12 election in Alabama. In that contest, Democrat Doug Jones prevailed narrowly over Republican Roy Moore. Jones supports “abortion rights” laws. ...

Taxes

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, We teach the children. An extention includes adults who behave like children. Case in point: Dogmatic democrats who are an insult to children... and donkeys. These types ignorantly demand governments to regulate (tax) in general. Result: The individual stifled — freedom ...

Happy holidays

Letters To Editor

Editor, Here’s a story to put some Christmas cheer in your heart. Last week I left my wallet in a cart at Walmart. After realizing it wasn’t just misplaced at home, my husband predicted the worst and advised me to cancel all my credit cards. I cheerfully informed him that most people ...

‘Unbelievable’

Letters To Editor

Editor, Well in normal fashion the Councilmen have astounded me again! Front page of the WTO states decline in school enrollment, and the Councilmen have decided to spend a ton of money to “redevelop” another old building. And YET, wait for it.... Say NO to the possibility to an ...

Our Opinion: Enough

Our Opinion

You may have seen the video posted on social media by the mother of Keaton Jones, 11, who attends a middle school near Knoxville, Tenn. In it, the little boy talks tearfully about being bullied in school. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to ...

Study

Letters To Editor

Editor, I see that the court house is in need of repair so the commissioners are looking into getting repairs done. So they approve a contract of over $40,000 to do a study on what it will take to get the court house back into new condition again. Forty Thousand dollars to tell them what ...

Our Opinion: Brass ta(x)

Our Opinion

Nothing as complex as the U.S. tax code, linked as the process is to the federal budget, can be amended in a manner that will make everyone happy. Negotiators for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seem to have come up with something close, however. If approved, perhaps this ...

7 banned words

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, For those of us old enough to remember George Carlin’s seven words you could not say on television, we now have a more pernicious list handed down by my president. The following words are not to be used in official Center for Disease Control (CDC) documents: vulnerable-as ...

Current issues

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, In the best interest of many women in our society, their unfortunate and appalling secret has been revealed — sexual abuse! Their unwarranted experiences with wayward men has been exposed. Perhaps the “light” has finally illuminated the “darkness” with which they ...

Anti-abortion bill

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Once again we have the Legislature pushing its 20-week anti-abortion bill. Luckily the Governor intends to veto it, but there is always occasion to stress the dreadful problems that such a restrictive bill will cause. Let’s start with three ideas: First, the term ...

Kidnapped

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, During my visit to Ramallah, Palestine this past August, I was privileged to meet Emad Burnat by way of a surprising stroke of serendipity. Emad is the producer of the documentary Five Broken Cameras which won 18 awards including one at the Sundance Film Festival. The ...

In defense of… the Grinch

Local Commentaries

If I may, I’d like to speak for just a moment in defense of the Grinch. I know, I know. I know. But given our history together, you guys should not be surprised right now. Just hear me out. I think we need to reframe our understanding of this “nefarious villain” by first ...

Everything about cookies

Local Commentaries

I had decided this week's column would be about cookies. I was thinking about my cookie cutters to be exact. Then, on Friday I got a call from the hospital to say that I had won one of the baskets. It was the cookie basket. Cookies have long been part of my Christmas celebration. I ...

Dreamers

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The Democratic defenders (dreamers) in offense v. Donald J. Trump is one example of why religion has a bad image. What kind of dreams does one dream that has so little of the world (reality) in it. They in quoting biblical phrases present out-of-context associations. Three ...

In response

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Regarding the Times Observer editorial of 12-12-17: To quote the editor, ”The belief among some men and women that political office or great success in the private sector is a license to push people around, sometimes harming them severely — and get away with it,” to me, ...

Gun laws

Letters To Editor

Editor, I’m going to keep it simple and direct. If you are writing letters to the editor using leftwing or anti-gun groups talking, or you’re fantasizing over what may or may not happen during a traffic stop, then its probably safe to say you don’t own a gun. However, if you own a gun, ...