Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Remembering Mama Lou Nealy

    The Bible (Hebrews 13:2) says, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers. For thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

    This past week, a community and church lost a very special lady. Everyone who read the obituary knew her as Lou J. Nealy. To those of us who had the pleasure of knowing this special lady, she was Mama Lou and she touched my life in a special way no one knows about until now.

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  • The Good. the bad, the ugly, we report it all

    I’m mad.  

    Okay, maybe not really mad, but more than a little irked.

    It all started on Tuesday night at the board of education meeting, which is a little unusual considering that is one of the least controversial beats I cover.

    Anyway, I walked into the meeting just in time to catch a presentation by members of the Campbell County High School Student Council outlining all of the great things the school has to offer.

  • In Search of Lost Time

    Marcel Proust, the famous French writer and philosopher, penned between 1913 and 1927 one of the most famous works in the western literary tradition. Entitled In Search of Lost Time, this seven-volume novel remains today a bestseller. It is little wonder man is perpetually searching for, or trying to recapture, lost time.

  • Signs, Signs, Everywhere there is signs

    So what’s the deal with all the signs?  

    Now before someone starts thinking I’ve gone ‘round the bend, let me just say I am well aware that there is an election coming up.

    But I still don’t get it.

    What does putting up signs from one end of the county to the other accomplish except a whole lot of post-election work for candidates who can’t remember where they put them all?  Or do they really mean something?

  • In case of doom and gloom, remember everyday’s a holiday

     That’s right, my friends, today is a very special day.

    It’s a holiday.

    While you’re reading this, I want to wish you a Happy Play Dress-Up With A Raccoon Day, a Happy Talk Like A Mad Scientist Day, and a Happy Chocolate Cake Appreciation Day.

    Now, I know what you’re thinking. You probably think I’ve lost my marbles or perhaps I’m one brick shy of a load. Please allow me to explain my fascination with such an unusual thing.    

  • An Ominous Perspective

    Life, we all know, is a matter of perspective. In America, the nation of boundless freedom and wide open spaces, perspectives are as numerous as our citizens. We are a hyper-pluralistic society, one where everyone’s perspective, mainstream or off-the-wall, generally finds its way to the public forum. That’s what makes America the great nation it is.