Opinion

Fishing you don’t want to miss

Local Commentaries

Once winter breaks, some great fishing immediately follows. Like a lot of the best fishing, weather conditions are not always great. But it is warmer than winter, even though a good ice fishing season did make this winter seem mild. Even if you were not ready to stop ice fishing, and I was ...

Thank you, Warren County

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The United Fund has successfully completed its 93rd annual campaign. I want to thank the people of Warren County for their amazing support. For the past five years, it has been my great honor to serve as the Director of the United Fund. In that time, the campaigns have ...

Gun violence and high school students

Local Commentaries

I don’t like putting considerable thought into things I can’t control. And, for the longest time, I considered gun violence to be one of them. Not so much out of willed ignorance, but because, it is my understanding that, there comes a point where tragedy is just a number. (One cannot ...

Spring dreams

Local Commentaries

March is a time for dreaming. It is the in-between time that is not quite spring, though some days feel like it, and not quite winter, though many days feel like that as well. It is a time when the world is transitioning from one season to the next, seesawing between winter and spring on an ...

Homemade cleaning products

Local Commentaries

As March began we were faced with the lion or the lamb scenario. They say if March comes like a lion it goes out like a lamb or vice versa. When I was teaching I always had with that concept. I let the children make a lion or lamb to predict what would happen. Then, I made a graph of their ...

The House Witch

Local Commentaries

It used to be that a bad day could be blamed on karma or the bad kitchen witch – you know, the burned onions or the jammed garbage disposal. A few weeks ago, the kitchen witch conspired with whatever devil lives in the crawl space or the roof eaves. They got together, decided to make my ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Regional college is a ‘win’ Dear Editor, I would like to respond to the “Letter to the Editor” on February 23rd entitled “Rural Regional College” that included several factual errors as well as expand on some points that are important for the community to be aware of. First, I ...

For whom do they speak?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The NEA represents its members. It does not speak for textbook companies, school bus manufacturers, not any of the other companies that produce the many items necessary to successfully operate public schools. However, for whom do the National Rifle Association (NRA) speak? ...

Our Opinion: Nonsense

Our Opinion

Plenty of explanations are being offered for a disturbing report issued this week. Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States last year were up 57 percent from 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. A total of 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents, about half of them vandalism, were ...

When will we stop it?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, One of the definitions of insanity is when you keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. That has been us. We keep doing nothing, time after time. Our society has become so desensitized to this carnage that it is starting to seem normal to us. ...

Give up my rights?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Writer Betty Fitzgerald suggests I relinquish my Second Amendment rights for love. In interpersonal relationships, she could not be more right that “love requires sacrifice.” Unfortunately, in the world beyond those relationships, there are some very bad people out there that ...

Our Opinion: No answers?

Our Opinion

There are no easy answers to preventing massacres such as that carried out by Nikolas Cruz at a Florida high school. Unless that is recognized, it will be impossible to forestall mass killings. One thing about Cruz does appear clear, however. It is that had his mother, Lynda, not died last ...

Our Opinion: Faithful servant

Our Opinion

It is not going too far to conclude that the Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at age 99, was unrivaled in his field during our time. It happened that his chosen life’s work was winning converts to Christianity. It mattered not to Graham, a Southern Baptist, whether people agreed with ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Society, not guns Dear Editor, Another horrific school shooting and more outcries for gun control. In the vast majority of these mass school shootings it is young people doing the killing. IT IS YOUNG PEOPLE KILLING YOUNG PEOPLE. When I was in high school many of the students had guns in ...

Our Opinion: You should be ashamed

Our Opinion

Seventeen people, most of them children, died in a school massacre last week — and U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., apparently thinks that is a good opportunity to take a political jab. During a radio interview Wednesday, Tenney said this: “... it’s interesting that so many of these ...

What is Palliative Care?

Local Commentaries

Palliative care is specialized medical care for adults and children with serious illnesses. Palliate means to ease, therefore palliative care is focused on easing the symptoms of illness. Patients receiving palliative care can be in any stage of a serious illness from new onset to advanced, and ...

And the winner is…

Local Commentaries

I have a friend who is very different from me. For example, he’s young, he knows all about popular cultural trends, and he’s smart about tekkie stuff. One time a guy changed his phone number and I asked this friend to add the new one to my cell phone list, or roster, or directory, or ...

My week with Alexa

Local Commentaries

You know what? I got nothin’. This week, I have absolutely nothing nice to say. Cancer took a girl with a smile the world desperately needed, there were flagrant invasions of my personal bubble by people who know better and did it anyway, I’m now bringing home a grand total of $50.28 ...

A nation in black

Local Commentaries

It is your fault. It is their fault. It is his. It is hers. It is too many guns or too few guns. It is bad parenting, or maybe bad teaching. It is the big Pharma. Or perhaps local police, the FBI, Congress, or government all together. It is Clinton’s, Bush’s, Obama’s, or ...

Surprise!

Local Commentaries

A couple weeks ago I came home from a basketball game and thought my house felt cooler than normal. When I got up in the morning I knew it was cold. I thought that something was probably wrong with my furnace. I went to turn on my gas fireplace to get warm but the pilot light was out. I ...