Today's Opinions

  • Pearls of wisdom for the class of 2010

    As you go out into this great big world and begin your journey, remember that there is a few things to remember.

    As you go, remember that you are no better than anyone else and no one else is any better than you are. We’re all equal and God put us on earth for the same reasons and purposes. We all have to learn from one another to make it work. Can you imagine how boring life would be if everyone was exactly the same?

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  • Our Own Worst Enemy

    No matter where you are on the planet today, chances are that your country is in the midst of a financial crisis brought on by the unethical behavior of investment banks and other financial institutions. The banking crisis was the cue ball that brought us the credit crunch which, in turn, beckoned the housing crisis and bailout of the automotive industry. In Europe, entire nations—Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Ireland—are facing bankruptcy, due largely to the shenanigans of banks.

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  • Anyone Can Be A Mother, But Only A Select Few Are Moms

     Webster’s dictionary defines a mother as being, “A woman who has given birth to a child.”

    It’s a fact that any woman can me a mother, but it takes a lot to be called a mom. What’s the difference between mother and mom?

    A mother is someone whose children observe her from a distance, but a mom is someone whose children look up to her. A mother provides because they feel it’s just her duty, but a mom provides to the point she’d give her own life for the sake of her child. Well, you get the idea.

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  • Tales from the trail

    On Earth Day, I went for what felt like an incredibly long hike along the Cumberland Trail in order to benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Association.

    While I raised money and hopefully a little awareness, I was really the one who benefited from the experience.

    Two days walking 18 miles through the mountains with my best friend and my dog through sunshine and fresh air taught me a lot about myself, who I am and what life is really about.

  • Police protection or property tax?

    For nearly three years, I have witnessed the way small town governments work.

    I have gotten to see elected officials battle against falling revenues, downtrodden economies and shortages of employees. I have seen hours reduced, equipment reduced and even manpower reduced.

    But when a mayor that truly cares recently made a suggestion for the betterment of his town, I was shocked that only two board members backed him up.