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Opinion

  • While writing a final story for the Jellico Advanced Sentinel this week, I was struck with a deep sadness to see it go.

    Like many before me, I have worked tirelessly to write compelling stories for the area, carrying on the tradition of the Jellico news.

    Interviewing Jellico Fire Chief Gary Troxell was one of my first endeavors at the LaFollette Press. Him and others who I have met along the way are all amazing people.

  • On November 4, 2008, the United States of America was going to make history one way or another:  We would elect the first African-American as president or we would elect the first woman to be vice president.  

    Indeed, history was made.  Sen. Barack H. Obama defeated Sen. John S. McCain to become the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American President in American history.

    The campaign Obama ran was simply brilliant.  

  • Here’s a riddle for you: What comes to you freely and leaves you bound forever? It can place you on cloud nine or can kick you into the lowest emotional hell in a matter of minutes. It’s easy to step into and hard to step out of. Wonder what it is? No, I’m not talking about the gum on the bottom of your shoe, or an in-law that won’t cease. I’m referring to that incomparable feeling of love.

    Yes, that right.

  • To say our country is in frightening economic times is not news.

    Home foreclosures are at an all time high, interest rates on credit cards are soaring and seeing a news story about lay-offs has become as common as reading the weather forecast.

    In Campbell County we have seen some businesses close and others lay-off employees.

    No one appears immune to the financial fallout.

    But last week I was pleased to see one company take a proactive approach to cutting expenses while keeping employees.

  • Citizens who read my story reporting on last Monday night’s LaFollette City Council workshop must have thought I was a liar if they attended the meeting on Tuesday night.

    I even began to wonder if I was in the right place as the council handled business, acting responsible and professional.

    I asked myself “What are the intentions of those councilmen and mayor, who sit high above the audience?”

  •  It can’t be done.  

    We’ve heard it since we were children and our parents were right. It doesn’t work at home and it doesn’t work in the government.  

    America should have known what it was getting with Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress – more spending; more government programs and more waste of our hard-earned tax dollars.  

    We asked for it, we got it – Obama.

  • Is there someone you know of who’s made so many mistakes that you end up negatively consumed in how bad their lives are?

    If so, then this week’s story is for you.    

    I got this week’s story idea from a Casting Crowns song. For those of you who don’t know, Casting Crowns is a Contemporary Christian band.

  • In my nearly five years as a reporter I have learned a number of do’s and don’ts.

    For instance, I know when my name is going on that by line I better get it right.  Or when I am covering a meeting it is my job to listen and objectively report what is going on.

    I have also learned that while most of the time I am able to keep my opinions in check, there are just some discussions I find myself wanting to jump out of my seat and say “Are you kidding me?”

  • An old proverb once said, “Reality is only a possibility, it changes constantly.”

    How true that statement is!

    With the changing times, there’s a lot of firsts that are taking place as we speak: the first African-American President of the United States, the first time in years when the temperature has reached record-low temperatures, and various other things that have faded into the realms of time forever.

  • It can’t be done.  

    We’ve heard it since we were children and our parents were right. It doesn’t work at home and it doesn’t work in the government.  

    America should have known what it was getting with Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress – more spending; more government programs and more waste of our hard-earned tax dollars.  

    We asked for it, we got it – Obama.

  •  Last week a true American hero passed away.  

    Juanita Hill Baird, of Jacksboro, was the quintessential American.  Her decades long activism in Republican politics exemplified the best of what Benjamin Franklin could have ever hoped for.

    When Franklin left Independence Hall on September 17, 1787, at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, a woman asked him, “What kind of government have you given us, Dr. Franklin?”  He replied, “A republic if you can keep it.”

  • A few weeks ago, I was driving home after running a few errands. It had come a heavy rainfall that I thought would never let up. Finally, after 30 minutes, it passed and I was relieved. I’m not too keen on driving in bad weather.

    Moments later, a small ray of sun burst through the silver-lined clouds. The small ray illuminated a part of a hillside that I never noticed before. I was very intrigued, almost spellbound by this seemingly minute sight. The more I noticed, the more it was breathtaking.

  • The election is over.  

    The votes have been counted.  

    The results are in.  Barrack Obama won fair and square and will become the 44th President of the United States on Jan. 20th.  

    Or will he?

    No, I’m not a sore loser.  I lost my vote in the primary and I lost it again in the general election, so I’m 0-2, but I think every American is willing to give our new president a chance.  I will support him because I love my country more than I love politics.

  • Dear Readers:

    My name is Ida Mae Whittaker. I represent your ancestors somewhere along the top of your family tree. Now, some of you are probably wondering where J.E. is this week. I told him that I felt some of you needed to hear what my generation had to say, and he allowed me to do this. Besides, don’t blame him for what is about to be said. Check your history books and see how some of us handled things. Not all, but the majority of us.

  • The following is a Golden Rule passage from the book, Leaves of Gold in regards to thankfulness.

    I am also the type of person that if I enjoy something enough, I have to share it with others. Also, this passage was worded so good that I couldn’t have written a Thanksgiving lesson on thankfulness any better myself.    

  • American Publisher George W. Childs once said, “Do not keep the alabaster box of your love sealed up from both your friends and from total strangers. Fill their lives with sweetness. Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear them, and while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier.”

    In this day and time we live in, I find this statement to be truer with each passing day. Now, with the hustle and bustle of the season, this saying is something that could certainly be put to use.

    We all lead very busy lives.