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Today's Opinions

  • Veteran Affairs death pension

    What is veteran affairs death pension? This benefit paid to eligible dependents of deceased wartime veterans.

    You may be eligible if:

    ·the deceased veteran was discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions, and

    ·he or she served 90 days or more of active duty with at least one day during a period of war*, and

    ·you are the surviving spouse or unmarried child of the deceased veteran, and

    ·your countable income is below a yearly income limit set by law.

  • What writing about history has taught me

    Several months ago, I embarked on a historical journey when I began working on Campbell County: A look back at the beginning.

    It was a journey that took me through four municipalities and more than 200 years of struggles and determination. It was a journey into the heritage and roots of Campbell County, a deep place where some never travel; it was a journey into the past.

    But not only was it a journey into the past, but the present as well.

  • Things my parents taught me

    With my daughter’s third birthday on the horizon and my son’s eighth birthday not yet a distant memory I recently began to reflect on my own childhood.

    Of the many things I thought of was the lessons my parents tried to teach me when I growing up. It has taken some time for me to learn these lessons, but I can now honestly say I’m glad that I listened.

  • Election has possibility to shake things up

    As 2010 was ushered in so was an election year.

    However, this is not just any election year.

    It is a year where nearly every office in the county is on the ballot. And if the steady traffic outside the election commission holds up as it did on the first day candidates could pick up petitions, we may have more political hopefuls than voters.

    With so many offices up for grabs Campbell County is ripe for, well just about anything.

  • Everybody needs a snow day every now and again

    As the snow fell faster last Thursday afternoon, I sarcastically thought ‘oh great,’ as I rushed around, trying to finish my day.

    Now before you go thinking I’m anti-snow when it comes to the fluffy white stuff, let me let you in on a little back-story.

  • Be yourself and choose your ringtones wisely

    William Shakespeare once said, “To thine own self be true.”

    Now that the holidays are over, it was time for me to select a new ring tone for my cell phone. I don’t know about you, but “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” isn’t exactly what I’d call a beloved, year-round song--no matter how much I love it.

  • Talking ‘bout my generationee.because this one is “chatting”

    Tucked away recently in a cosy English pub, nursing a pint of Old Speckled Hen beer and savouring a lively conversation with a group of merry Englishmen, I was experiencing one of those blissful Old World moments that only we Americans can seem to appreciate—that is, until my partner-in-suds across the oaken table shattered my nostalgic interlude with a heartbreaking revelation- an average of five pubs close each day in England, she said, victims of modern technology.

  • Want to embrace life?

    An ancient proverb once said, “All life is choice. Certain things can be stopped only if you choose to allow it to happen.”

    Several years ago when I had hair, there were two wonderful women I always went to. To this day, I have a great deal of respect for both and couldn’t ask for two better friends.

    By the way, for those who wonder where my hair went to- why don’t you ask that vindictive Mother Nature? It’s all her fault. Anyway, getting back to my story.