Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
Shirley Temple biography is an upstanding book

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Staying upright. That’s what you learned when you were a year old: being vertical and walking. You mastered communication at two, played well with others at four, and by time you were six years old, you could read, write, and remember your telephone number. So this’ll make you feel silly: at just [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Tick paralysis can be fatal

By Dr. Dan Meakin Tick Paralysis is caused by over 40 species of ticks worldwide (5 in North America, including the deer tick) and can occur in almost any region where ticks are found. It has killed thousands of animals. Tick paralysis occurs when an engorged and gravid (egg-laden) female tick produces a neurotoxin in [ Read More ]

A boy tells his Batavia story

By Rosanna Hoberg Last week’s historical column, “The war touches the town,” began the account given by James B. Swing of Batavia in 1916 of his experiences in the American Civil War, a memoir preserved by Mrs. Jean Hughey. The account follows here. “I remember the organization of a company at Batavia for what became [ Read More ]

Court deals with catastrophic injuries

By Paul Pfeifer Dean Sziraki was employed in his family’s paving business when his world came crashing in on May 14, 1991. That day, while in the course of his work, he was injured in a one-car accident that resulted in catastrophic brain and spinal-cord injuries. He spent the next 16 years as a quadriplegic [ Read More ]

An encounter with six young doubters on a Cades Cove trail

By George Brown With backpack in hand, I arrived at the entrance to Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountain National Park at 11 a.m. last Saturday. My brain, if not my body, was ready for an afternoon hiking adventure. I spent a few minutes consulting with Tom, a senior ranger, about trail options. I learned [ Read More ]

Dallas in the early 60’s

By Paul Schwietering In the early 1960’s John Paul Getty “tells people that oil billionaire Haroldson Lafayette Hunt (of Dallas) is the lord among lords in the pantheon of the American rich.” “He makes more money, more quickly, than anyone else (an average of $200,000 a day).” (Dallas 1963). “He is surrounded by mystery as [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Run, Don’t Walk’ is a book you should take steps to find

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It all starts with baby steps. Baby steps, with arm-waving balance and shaky testing of foot on floor. You held onto the fingers of someone bigger and more experienced at that sort of thing, one foot in front of the other before you finally got the hang of it all. You probably [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Flea and tick infestations are common parasite problems

By Dr. Dan Meakin Flea Infestations are the most common parasite problem of dogs and cats in our area. It is estimated that American pet owners spend over 500 million dollars each year on flea products most of which do not work! During the past few years much research has centered on studying the life [ Read More ]

The war touches Batavia

By Rosanna Hoberg Batavia may have had its young folks under control in the middle of the 19th century, but the country as a whole was far from being at rest. The sound of shots at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, turned everything topsy-turvy. The little village of Batavia sent 100 men to battle [ Read More ]

Observing Workers Memorial Day

By Sherrod Brown While many of my colleagues wear a special pin indicating they’re a Member of Congress, I wear something different on my lapel: a pin depicting a canary in cage. Generations ago, miners took a canary into the mine to warn them of toxic gases. If the canary died, the miners knew they [ Read More ]

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