Today's Opinions

  • A Financial House of Cards

    Democrat Leader James Clyburn of SC said the other day: “we’ve got to spend our way out of this recession.”  This backwards reasoning echoes President Obama’s speech from nearly a year ago when he was promoting his $787 billion stimulus bill.  Remember?  This was the brilliant plan that promised to keep unemployment under eight percent.  It’s been hovering around ten percent for several months now, and is actually closer to 17 percent if you count all those who have quit looking for jobs.  Anyway, Obama was attempting to counter his Con

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  • Has good fiction gone to pot or to zombies?

    One thing I love to do is flip though the New York Times bestseller list and book review section.

    There were some decent titles listed this past week, but one that really caught my attention and not in a good way.

    There’s a book with a rather “unique” subject. And referring to this as unique wasn’t exactly a good thing in this case. Back in 1813, Jane Austen wrote a masterpiece called “Pride and Prejudice.” It’s a beautiful story that has also reached its 100 year mark, making it legally public domain.

  • Mr. Brown was just elected to go to Washington

    And the lights all went out in Massachusetts.

    Am I on the only one that remembers the Bee Gees song? The lights are now on and Americans are at home.

    At the same place the American Revolution began over 200 years ago, a political revolution began this month. In Liberal Massachusetts, Americans who believe in capitalism and free enterprise have rebuffed the far-reaching arm of the federal government and the socialist agenda proposed by the current administration.

  • 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.