Opinion Archive

Snow made for a great day!

It seemed that the end of November we got off school because of Thanksgiving. Within a month we got out of school for at least two weeks because of Christmas and a week later New Years. Late fall and early winter became a time when we got frequent breaks from the grind of going to [ Read More ]

Out-of-network ER docs may charge big bucks

Surprise medical bills spell big trouble for consumers, especially those who find themselves in an emergency room. Such “surprises” have surfaced as a major patient problem, but because of entrenched healthcare interests, a solution is not likely any time soon. Here’s what happens. Patients arrive at the emergency room of a hospital that is in [ Read More ]

Two new laws will save hundreds of millions of dollars

You might be surprised who the biggest landowner is in the United States. It’s the federal government. By a long shot. And thousands of properties owned by the federal government should be transferred to private owners or nonprofits or local government to help save taxpayers money and help local economies and our communities. Legislation I [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Terri Schlichenmeyer
Carney’s newest makes readers leave comfort zone

You might need an extra blanket tonight. Or three, because the temperature doesn’t seem to match your comfort level. Brrrrrrrrr. Yes, it’s winter and yes, the mercury plunges, but that doesn’t mean you like being cold – although, as you’ll see in “What Doesn’t Kill Us” by Scott Carney, cold might be keeping you alive. [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Books for people that love television

The weather outside is frightful. That’s alright. You’d rather stay inside anyhow, especially in the evening. That’s prime relaxation-time, and winter is a great season for catching up on all you’ve DVR’ed for the past few weeks… but where do you start? How about with two books: “Television: A Biography” by David Thomson and “TV [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Age related changes in your dog

Many changes occur as the dog’s body ages. Most of these are similar to those experienced by geriatric people – arthritis, loss of vision, hearing loss, senility, etc. These changes happen gradually and you may not even notice them until, perhaps, you look at a picture taken of your pet a year ago and realize [ Read More ]

Remembering our heroes this holiday

As the holidays approach, many of us look forward to the same things. We will gather with friends and family to share gifts. We will hug loved ones who we aren’t able to see very often, and fondly remember those who have passed on. We will bundle up in coats and scarves and walk around [ Read More ]

Are you ready for 2017?

So where did 2016 go? Did you stick to your 2016 resolutions? So what’s in store for 2017? We have a new president assuming the reigns. For many of us, this won’t affect our daily lives. If your life resembles mine, you will pay more in taxes and your property taxes and health insurance costs [ Read More ]

Why fake news is dangerous

Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.” He was talking about why education matters in a representative democracy, but it’s a safe bet that had he known about fake internet news, he’d have said the same thing – except maybe with more pointed words. [ Read More ]

There were always haircuts

As far back as my memory will allow the need to have my hair cut has always been there and was always taken care of. As a boy the style of the buzz haircut seemed to be the most popular. My thought as to that was that dad ordered a pair of electric clippers (probably [ Read More ]

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