Opinion Archive

Home remedies weren’t pretty but they worked

I’ll never forget my first encounter with an enema bag. I was about 8 years old and had one heck of a belly ache from something I’d eaten. I’d heard stories from my older brothers and sister about intimate relationships they’d had with that little black nozzle at the end of the hose on the [ Read More ]

Eliminating conflicts of interest in Congress

Sometimes, it’s no wonder that Americans have lost faith in Congress. Last year, a groundbreaking report by 60 Minutes found that some Members of Congress may be using insider information—acquired through their official duties—to enrich their stock holdings. Members of Congress should not have a different set of rules—they should be treated the same as [ Read More ]

Pray for the family hurt by scandal

Mad, sad, depressed, disgusted – if those describe your reaction to the disclosure of the alleged crimes committed by former commissioner Archie Wilson, well join the club. Mad at how someone abused the trust placed in him. Sad for the tragedy forced upon his family. Depressed, well that goes along with the first two. I [ Read More ]

‘Just as Good’ will be a great read for up and coming sluggers

Everybody loves being first. You know how great it is to be the kid at the head of the line. You like being first to speak up, first to finish your assignments, and it’s even fun to be the first kid on the playground or ball field because you get first choice for the equipment. [ Read More ]

A mysterious encounter at Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza

Yvonne and I often spend long weekends visiting Sharon and Bob, our good friends that live in Knoxville. We call their home our Tennessee B&B. While visiting with Sharon and Bob last November we finalized plans to get away for a week in February by taking a cruise out of New Orleans to Yucatan, Mexico. [ Read More ]

Santorum sweeps Feb.7 Republican primary contests

Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri held contests in the Republican primaries Tuesday, Feb. 7. The caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota were official, while the contest in Missouri was not. The “official” primary in Missouri won’t be held until March. Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania Senator, swept all three contests. In Colorado, Santorum received 40.3 percent of [ Read More ]

Let’s make 2012 the Year of Manufacturing in the US

You may not know Elizabeth Williams personally, but you know someone like her. Elizabeth Williams is a single mother of two living in North Jackson who has worked at General Motors’ Lordstown plant for 17 years. One of her sons, Zachary, dreams of becoming a state highway patrolman. Though he’s only in high school, he [ Read More ]

Mr. President: Don’t forget about those southern Ohio jobs

The president’s State of the Union address on Jan. 24 gave me an opportunity to remind him of the plight of the people of Pike County, which has the highest unemployment rate in Ohio at 14.3 percent. The national unemployment rate is 8.5 percent. As he passed me on his way to the podium in [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
You will find ‘The end of Money’ extremely interesting

It was hardly worth picking up. Yep, there was once a time when that penny you spotted on the pavement was worth something more than just one cent. You could buy lots of things for a penny back then, and saving them was rewarding on many levels. Now they’re tossed and forgotten in desk drawers [ Read More ]

Humble beginnings teach lifelong lessons of gratitude

My family moved six times before I started first grade and seven more by the time I graduated from high school. Mom and my Stepdad were gypsies of sorts, barely holding body and soul together as we moved from one country shack to the next, like boll weevils looking for a home. As I recall, [ Read More ]

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