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Today's Opinions

  • Health care and a daily dose of Fox News

    I received some good feedback this week from my column concerning health-care reform.

    Although not every person agreed with me, (it was 50 percent in favor of what I said and 50 percent against) every response was polite, well-meaning and intelligent. I’m pretty happy about that. It shows that a good dialog can exist even when some people say we are entering an age where civility is an outdated concept.

  • Words from the Owen County Public Library

    October is National Book Month, and we’re celebrating here at your public library with lots of new books and a whole lot more.

    Last week, I shared with you a sampling of all of the different services your library offers to the community. Whether you’re a parent, student, jobseeker, professional, historian or senior, we have something to offer you. And we’re so happy to report that you are taking advantage of the library. Here are just a few quick facts about library use this year:

  • Remember ... fix up for the funeral

    To appreciate this little story that I will eventually get around to telling, you need to know a little about my maternal bloodline. You see, long before real-estate ads latched on to the word “fixer-upper,” my maternal Grandmother was one. She was a woman who put her faith in action verbs, however, not in defining nouns. “Go fix up,” she’d say to my mother. “Fix your face” and “fix your hair” were variations on the same chord in a minor key. Mother repeated the refrain to me, and I in turn to my three daughters.

  • Paying homage to the big guys

    By 10:10 a.m., the place was packed.

    I had come for the 10:30 a.m. worship service, the first one in Cornerstone Baptist Church’s new ministry campus in Inverness, Fla.

    They had set out 800 chairs, but by 10:30, more than 1,000 people had shown up.

    The pastor opened the service by singing, “The Hand of Our God Is on This Place.”

  • Health care: More answers, less rhetoric

    U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell doesn’t say things very often that make me laugh.

    But in a recent op/ed piece, McConnell said that during his August recess from Washington, he didn’t meet “anybody who thought a government takeover of health care was the answer.”

    The statement shocked me and, as the kids say, LOL.

    It was never more clear to me that Sen. McConnell and I run in different circles.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Tax money should stay in the community where they are collected

    I am really mad about the tax put on our taxes for the fire department. I do not mind donating to my fire department here at New Liberty, but I don’t want my money given to the other fire departments. Each department has a certain territory and I feel the people in each area should take care of their own fire department. That $35 (local government)  put on my taxes will only give New Liberty $7.

  • Organizers should be congratulated for 9/11 memorial

    Every year since Sept. 11, 2001, the nation has paused for a few moments to remember the horrible and tragic events of that day.

    Unlike so many other memorials, that take place year after year, the tributes and remembrances that take place on the anniversary of 9/11 do not seem to diminish as the date slides further into history.

    But there are people who work hard each year to keep the memory alive of all those we lost in the consciousness of all Americans.

  • Georgia: On My Mind

    In the fifth grade, I often stayed up long after my parents had gone to bed, making sure the margins in my geography notebook were straight as an arrow for Miz Eva Lois Wright. This genetic disposition to please people now obliges me to respond quickly to the plethora of “Getting To Know You” quizzes my friends have taken to sending me on the Internet. The questionnaires are similar to the ice-breaker games of my Methodist Youth Fellowship days – silly and sort of fun.