Columns/Opinions

Mon
16
Jan

Repeal and...

By Rich Galen

There is an oft-quoted proverb that may go back to the early Chinese: “Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true” or some close variant.

In out discussion today, it relates to the Republicans’ wish that the Affordable Care Act - Obamacare - be repealed. For thousands of former Democratic office holders around the country the wish was a little different: “I wish it had never been proposed, voted on, or passed.”

Mon
16
Jan

Remembering the earlier days

By Sammy J. Franklin

During my teenage years in the late 1950’s, things were a lot different than they are today. My, how times have changed, but it should bring a smile to your face as you look back at yesteryear.

Do you remember when….

It took five minutes for the TV to warm up? Nearly everyone’s Mom was at home when the kids got home from school? When a quarter was a decent allowance? All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?

Wed
11
Jan

A Perfect and Accidental Gift

by Morgan Tarpley Smith

When faced with the task of finding the perfect gift for a loved one, this writer, for one, will rack my brain to think up just the right one. It has to be something the person would love, and I do my absolute best. I know I’m not the only one out there – especially when I came across a recent news story of a mother in search of the perfect Christmas gift for her daughter. And she never could have expected what she found. It’s unbelievable.

Wed
11
Jan

Gun ownership in America

by Sammy F. Franklin 

Gun ownership is on the rise in America. News agencies reported about record-breaking sales in the lead-up to the presidential election, as folks -- worried about the possibility of Hillary Clinton in the White House -- stockpiled for the worst-case scenario. When Donald Trump won, sales eased off by nearly 20 percent, according to Mark Meckler, a columnist for Townhall Daily.

Black Friday, however, gave gun sales yet another spike. In fact, it broke the single-day record for FBI background checks in American history, coming in for a total of 185,713 background checks. That’s slightly more than two background checks per second.

So strike one for God-fearing Republicans exercising their Second Amendment liberties, right?

 

Tue
03
Jan

2017: For “Auld Lang Syne”

by Morgan Tarpley Smith 

Well, it’s time for “Auld Lang Syne” again. 2017 is here. And being back in the office after Christmas this writer found herself listening to the song a couple of times. My favorite versions are from Colbie Caillat and Susan Boyle. Listening got me thinking about this song so closely tied to New Year’s Eve – what’s it all about? Is it really about the New Year and its wishes? Maybe you’ve wondered this yourself. Here’s the scoop.

Tue
03
Jan

Looking forward to a new year

by Sammy F. Franklin 

Last Sunday we embarked on a brand new year. With all the problems on the national front with the economy, wars, and terrorist concerns, no one knows just what the New Year holds in store for us.

I think everyone is looking forward to our new President taking office and will be watching what he does to improve things in this country. We already know that just his election has had a tremendous effect on Wall Street and Main Street.

A story appearing on the front page of this week’s paper points to the up-beat attitude of our local merchants, especially if President-Elect Trump can get rid of regulations which would free up our oil industry to get back into production. That alone would have a positive effect on our area as so many families depend on the oil industry for their livelihood.

 

Tue
27
Dec

Trump open to alternative views

by Sammy F. Franklin 

Tue
27
Dec

Cooking Up Inspiration in Boston

by Morgan Tarpley Smith 

Mon
19
Dec

Where Are We?

By Thomas Sowell

We are now in a kind of political no-man’s-land between an administration on its way out and a new administration taking shape. Predictions are always risky -- and nowhere more so than in times like these.

What we can do, however, is assess where we are, and what some of the opportunities and dangers are.

Mon
19
Dec

Yes, Virginia…there is a Santa Claus!

By Sammy J. Franklin

One of my favorite articles at Christmas time is one written by the editor of The Sun newspaper way back in the year 1897 - more than one hundred years ago.

The Christmas classic was the letter from an 8-year-old girl inquiring if there really is a Santa Claus and the answer the wise editor penned those many years ago.

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