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Today's Opinions

  • Tonight’s special- fried goldfish

    We had a fish fry of sorts at my house Sunday night.

    Unfortunately it wasn’t the kind that involved having friends over, cracking open a few cold beverages and just hanging out. No, it was very different.

    See on Friday I bought two goldfish for my kids. Including the bowl, food, chemicals to treat the water and the fish, this was about a $15 investment.

  • Will you be my valentine?

    Will you be my valentine?

     Isn’t that the question that most people were asking someone they love, or care about when Feb. 14 came around?

    We try to express our love through cards, flowers, candy, jewelry and many other ways to let special people in our lives know that we love them.

    Everyone has his or her own way of celebrating Valentine’s Day. I only hope all the money that was spent and all the effort that went into it came from true and sincere hearts.

    I can’t stand for good people to be manipulated.

  • Money, Money, Money

    According to a recent report from Jerome Corsi at World Net Daily, when one adds together all of our current debt obligations including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid we now have a total national debt of $65.5 trillion.  This is larger than the GDP of the entire world.  That means that it would take the yearly output of every country in the world to equal the amount of our current debt.

  • Heroes are everywhere

    Major League pitcher Bill Lee once said, “Society tends to find its heroes in the most obvious arenas, and I don't regard that as a healthy thing. We should find our heroes in the bathroom mirror each and every morning.”

    When you were in school, who did you see as a hero? Was it the captain of the football team? Was it a cheerleader? Perhaps, it was one of the popular young people whose very presence radiated a room?  

    When I was a kid growing up, my heroes were quite different.

  • Change for the good is a difficult concept

    While writing a final story for the Jellico Advanced Sentinel this week, I was struck with a deep sadness to see it go.

    Like many before me, I have worked tirelessly to write compelling stories for the area, carrying on the tradition of the Jellico news.

    Interviewing Jellico Fire Chief Gary Troxell was one of my first endeavors at the LaFollette Press. Him and others who I have met along the way are all amazing people.

  • From Campaigner-in-Chief to Commander-in-Chief

    On November 4, 2008, the United States of America was going to make history one way or another:  We would elect the first African-American as president or we would elect the first woman to be vice president.  

    Indeed, history was made.  Sen. Barack H. Obama defeated Sen. John S. McCain to become the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American President in American history.

    The campaign Obama ran was simply brilliant.  

  • Is love really a many splendored thing?

    Here’s a riddle for you: What comes to you freely and leaves you bound forever? It can place you on cloud nine or can kick you into the lowest emotional hell in a matter of minutes. It’s easy to step into and hard to step out of. Wonder what it is? No, I’m not talking about the gum on the bottom of your shoe, or an in-law that won’t cease. I’m referring to that incomparable feeling of love.

    Yes, that right.