Today's Opinions

  • Officials should think twice about electing director of schools

    In my nearly five years as a reporter I have learned a number of do’s and don’ts.

    For instance, I know when my name is going on that by line I better get it right.  Or when I am covering a meeting it is my job to listen and objectively report what is going on.

    I have also learned that while most of the time I am able to keep my opinions in check, there are just some discussions I find myself wanting to jump out of my seat and say “Are you kidding me?”

  • A pair of faded rabbit ears

    An old proverb once said, “Reality is only a possibility, it changes constantly.”

    How true that statement is!

    With the changing times, there’s a lot of firsts that are taking place as we speak: the first African-American President of the United States, the first time in years when the temperature has reached record-low temperatures, and various other things that have faded into the realms of time forever.

  • Congress is Trying to Spend Us Out of Debt

    It can’t be done.  

    We’ve heard it since we were children and our parents were right. It doesn’t work at home and it doesn’t work in the government.  

    America should have known what it was getting with Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress – more spending; more government programs and more waste of our hard-earned tax dollars.  

    We asked for it, we got it – Obama.

  • America’s Grassroots Republic

     Last week a true American hero passed away.  

    Juanita Hill Baird, of Jacksboro, was the quintessential American.  Her decades long activism in Republican politics exemplified the best of what Benjamin Franklin could have ever hoped for.

    When Franklin left Independence Hall on September 17, 1787, at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, a woman asked him, “What kind of government have you given us, Dr. Franklin?”  He replied, “A republic if you can keep it.”

  • Self deprivation can be hazardous

    A few weeks ago, I was driving home after running a few errands. It had come a heavy rainfall that I thought would never let up. Finally, after 30 minutes, it passed and I was relieved. I’m not too keen on driving in bad weather.

    Moments later, a small ray of sun burst through the silver-lined clouds. The small ray illuminated a part of a hillside that I never noticed before. I was very intrigued, almost spellbound by this seemingly minute sight. The more I noticed, the more it was breathtaking.

  • Will Obama Be Our Next President?

    The election is over.  

    The votes have been counted.  

    The results are in.  Barrack Obama won fair and square and will become the 44th President of the United States on Jan. 20th.  

    Or will he?

    No, I’m not a sore loser.  I lost my vote in the primary and I lost it again in the general election, so I’m 0-2, but I think every American is willing to give our new president a chance.  I will support him because I love my country more than I love politics.


    Dear Readers:

    My name is Ida Mae Whittaker. I represent your ancestors somewhere along the top of your family tree. Now, some of you are probably wondering where J.E. is this week. I told him that I felt some of you needed to hear what my generation had to say, and he allowed me to do this. Besides, don’t blame him for what is about to be said. Check your history books and see how some of us handled things. Not all, but the majority of us.