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Opinion

  • Over the last few weeks, town hall meetings have turned into demonstrations against President Obama’s nationalized healthcare reform proposals. From every corner of America, citizens are standing up to their elected leaders and expressing frustration at the role of the federal government. In fact, it’s been so intense that some elected officials have cancelled town hall meetings or not had them at all.  

  • What do the following have in common? Keep in mind, they could all be happening right now as we speak.

    Two middle-aged women are at a hospital. One woman is being told by her doctor that her cancer is in remission. The other woman, who’s just across the hall, is being told she has only six months to live.

  • Complete this sentence: “If I was _______, then I’d truly be blessed and happy.”

    Time’s up and pencils down.

    Now, forget your answer for a moment and lend me your ears…or, in this case…eyes.

    No matter what the answer is, we’re always trying to find true happiness; that light at the end of the tunnel where life and all its oddities make perfect sense. It can span a number of topics: health and well being, building of faith, that perfect soul mate, a position as a C.E.O. with a multi-million dollar income.

  • The Cash for Clunkers program has worked so well it is broke.  The four-month program went broke in four days by giving away our tax dollars to help the auto industry it now owns.  

    So, the government that can’t run a Cash for Clunkers wants to run a government healthcare program?

    Obamacare sounds like it will take some patients off the road with, as the president calls them, those tough “life-ending” decisions that could save $500 billion in Medicare costs.

  • Healthcare has been all the talk in our nation’s capitol the last few weeks.

  • The summer before college sounds like it could get pretty wild.

    It’s really the last chance you have to wreak havoc in your hometown and not take on full “adult-like” responsibility for those actions, especially if you’re under 18. Even though by this time you have graduated and have allegedly earned more respect; most people are left to think that some people just never grow up.

  • One evening while taking my puppies outside to do their, as I, and other dog owners, only know how to call it, “evening ritual,” I noticed something I hadn’t seen in a long time: A lightning bug, a.k.a. firefly, was fluttering around the backyard. Suddenly, there was another, then another, then, before I knew it, there were five altogether.

    Why did this impress me so much?

  • Lately, some officials in Campbell County have displayed behavior ranging from impractical to downright preposterous. Their conduct has risen to such a level that I wonder why they ran for office to begin with.

    An example of the unfeasible behavior was at a recent LaFollette City Council meeting. A council member made the suggestion to have an employee, who was off work due to a medical problem, conduct an investigation into a personnel matter. Essentially, the council member wanted to have someone, too ill to work, look into a stressful, highly contested, hot button issue.

  • I’m not usually candid when it comes to certain personal and deep facets about my life to my readers. However, there are some things I don’t care to share with anyone, especially when they teach a valuable lesson like this one.

    When I was in my teens and early 20s, I wanted nothing more than to simply belong. I didn’t care who accepted me, just as long as I was accepted. There were those few individuals who truly made a difference in my life and I’m blessed to have known them.

  • There are two times during a lifetime when our loved ones really get our attention.

    Their birth and their death.

    Everything else is a journey in between those two events. This goes for all of us.

    We are all on a journey through life and uppermost in our minds is the final destination.

    Can you endure the journey because you know the destiny?

  • Where in the world is the Kmart money? It is a question that commissioners and voters alike should be asking.

    When the county acquired $700,000 in proceeds from the sale of the building commissioners earmarked the money for industrial development, vowing only to use it when a prime piece of industrial property came along.

    Now nearly two years and what seems like a zillion debates later the same group has managed to spend nearly every penny.

  • Last Friday afternoon, the day before Americans celebrated independence, a bombshell was dropped on the political world.  

    Sarah Palin, Republican Governor of Alaska, not only announced she would not be seeking re-election, but she also announced that she would be resigning as governor later this month, effective July 26.  The announcement stunned all political observers, and the rumors began swirling.  

  • Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson once said, “God help us to be grateful for our blessings, never to be guilty of the sin of ingratitude, and to instill this same gratitude into the lives of our children. Someone has said that an ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating apples and never looking up to see where they come from.”

    This week’s story comes from something that caught my eye as I was checking my email.