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Opinion

  • Picture this:  You wake up one morning and everything seems perfect. Your paycheck is more than you thought it would be, your car runs right for a change, and you enter your favorite store to buy that thing you always wanted.

    You walk through the front door and then, without warning, it happens. You see “them.” You know who “them” is. “Them” is that he or she that did something so catastrophic, and made life horrible for you. What’s worse is they see you in return.

    So, what do you do?

  • Change is not easy.  

    I’ll be the first to admit it.  If you want to know how well I have handled it historically, just ask my parents how I responded to the news that we were moving cross country just weeks after my high school graduation.  

    I can assure you it was not pretty.

    With that little confession out of the way, I will now readily admit over the years I have learned that change is a necessary evil.  Without it there is no moving forward or even backward for that matter.

  • Denver breaks 104 year old cold temperature record as Arctic chill sets in.  

    Coldest ever first half of October in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  

    Chicago: Chilliest October in 133 years.  

    Earliest snow of record in Pennsylvania.  

    Coldest early October ever in Lincoln, Nebraska.  

    Record lows in Central Florida.  

    Record snowfall in Pocatello, Idaho.

  • Christmas has got to be mine and my family’s favorite time of the year. The second, of course, is Halloween.

    When my sisters and I were little, our mom always made sure that holidays were special even if we didn’t go “all out.” Now that we’re adults, we lavish ourselves in haunted corn mazes, pumpkin spiced coffees and simply coming together as a family.

  • Last week, President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • To hear television and radio talk masters tell it—or, more often than not, yell it—America is divided neatly into two warring factions; that on either side of the ideological frontier Liberals or Conservatives lurk stealthily for the opportune moment to destroy our country and end forever the “American Way of Life.”  

  • Culinary icon and “Chocolate Madame” Elaine Sherman once said, “Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally. So, eat lots of chocolate!”

    For the past two weeks, I’ve felt like I’ve been on the warpath.

    You know those weeks; the ones where all hell breaks loose and anything you don’t want to have happen… well, happens.

    The past two weeks were those weeks for me.

    They’ve been trying.

  • A busybody.

    Webster defines a “busybody” as a person who mixes into other people’s affairs through meddling and gossip. I just consider the whole concept as nothing but a waste of time; time should be spent uplifting a neighbor rather than telling everyone how imperfect he or she is.     

    Why do we make other people’s business our business? Why should it matter what other people do? It’s not like we’re going to have to answer for the things others do.

  • The next scheduled election for Campbell County officials is August 2010; that’s less than a year away.

    But it is time already that we as citizens begin thinking about the votes we will cast in that upcoming election.

    When we go into the voting booth and close the curtain behind us, what thoughts will be running through our head as we cast our votes?

    Will we be focused on the job that the person running for election did? Will we be thinking about the future of our county?

  • Being the proud mother of a 7-year-old son and nearly three-year-old daughter, I thought that I had seen the last of the four hour feedings.

    But this weekend I found myself being thrown back into the four hour feedings schedule. However this time the work was four times as hard. This time I have quadruplets to attend to.

    Luckily my son finds the process fun so he helps out with one of the four who he named Izak the second, after himself.

  • This week’s story is spun from something that has been brought to my attention.

     Keep in mind this week’s story is solely for the purpose of the child involved in all this. Trust me, you will either love it or hate it. Again trust me, there’s no “in-between” with  this one.

    This past week, I received a knock on my door. I looked through the peephole and saw a small child standing with a pamphlet in hand. Without hesitation, I opened the door and asked what they needed.

  • Our Republic is being stolen. It is being done systematically in the cover of darkness – bills that give more power to Washington and special interests and less to “we the people.”

    It is being done with radicals in Congress and the White House setting up a shadow government using czars to usurp the authority of Cabinet members and Congress.  Even Hillary has complained.

  • Today is September 19th: The sun rises over the East Tennessee mountains as the early morning chill causes my covers to seem more enticing and beckoning than usual. However, the timed percolation device on my electric tea pot has other plans.

    It’s time to start my day. I stretch, let out a huge yawn, and a herd of puppy kisses force me to rise from my paralyzing slumber. I check my emails and cell phone. How nice! An array of family and close friends wish me “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”

  • It’s been a long, hot summer, politically, across the country. Americans from all walks of life, including Republicans, Independents, and Conservative Democrats have challenged politicians of all walks of political life. The catalyst, of course, has been the Obama proposal to nationalize our healthcare system, however. While healthcare has been the catalyst, Americans have showed that they are tired of out of control government spending.

  • For most of my politically conscious life, my conservative friends have played the same tune over and over, ad absurdum: “Keep government off my back.” Government, they say, should be kept “out of our lives.” Pundits like Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh, among many others in the Washington-bashing business, claim that government is at the root of all evil. And by the looks of things, some of these same people are now organizing against President Obama’s health care plan and singing the same anti-government song.

  • Shakespeare quoted in his play, “Hamlet”: “To thine own self be true.” This week, I think we can all relate to this one, especially myself.

    Yes, there’s always been something that I’ve kept hidden from the world, except from a select few. It’s something that as soon as I step out and fully embrace, I can really become myself and feel the utmost freedom, unlike any other.

    That’s right, I’m talking about…my passion for wanting to ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.