Opinion Archive

What happens if you die without a will?

After the famous rocker Prince died, Tyka Nelson, Prince’s sister, said her brother died without leaving a will. So what happens if you die without a will? Although your problems are over, they are only beginning for your loved ones. If you own property, retirement accounts or have children, then you need to draft your [ Read More ]

This plan had no catches

I have mentioned in the past that my two best friends were Herb and Charlie Marshall, better known as the Marshall Brothers. Along with playing together, working together and just plain hanging out with each other we always seemed to be in some attempt to make money with no money to invest. Now we came [ Read More ]

Vacancy on the Supreme Court

Dear Editor: We have entered quite a tumultuous campaign year, and daily the internet, presses and cameras are buzzing with new stories related to one or the other candidate. This will continue to hum noisily until November, but I’m more concerned with the now vacant seat in the Supreme Court. President Obama recently announced his [ Read More ]

Creating jobs, making government less expensive and protecting the environment

The Senate recently passed bipartisan landmark energy efficiency legislation that I have worked on for the past five years. It achieves three important objectives: creating jobs, cleaning up our environment and making government less expensive. Since coming into office in 2011, I have worked with Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire on the Energy [ Read More ]

Our national debt could be the downfall of our economy

Imagine opening your mail to find this bill for $60,000 from the federal government. It seems far-fetched, doesn’t it? Actually, that’s about how much each American citizen would currently have to pay in order to eliminate our national debt. If that number isn’t scary enough, think about what the bill will be for our children [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Neither’ is as fun as getting a card in the mail

You’ve got mail! Always nice to hear that coming from your computer but these days, it’s doubly-nice when it comes from a metal box. Greeting cards, checks, bills, even those offers-you-can’t-refuse, it all comes right to your door. And in the new book “Neither Snow nor Rain” by Devin Leonard, you’ll never take it for [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Getting to know the flea

Everyone with a pet knows how important flea prevention is, especially this time of year. But to help improve your flea-fighting skills, lets look at the flea and its life cycle. Fleas are parasites that feed off their host’s blood. When a flea bites its victim’s skin it injects a minute amount of flea antigen. [ Read More ]

Harriet the Great

Lately, Harriet Tubman has become a trending Internet topic. Even more interesting is that we are still talking about a woman who died more than 100 years ago. Her name is trending for two reasons. One, she will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Second, her former estate in Albany, New York will become [ Read More ]

All invited to Day of Prayer

Dear Editor, Disasters – destruction – disease – and deaths! Horrific headlines that we see each day in America. On Thursday, May 5 Americans will pray to God on this 66th annual National Day of Prayer. From the court house to the state house, from public parks to church pews people will meet to pray. [ Read More ]

I stole my first dog?

Looking back today and also looking at the facts I guess I stole my very first dog. I think I was about 5 years old when all this occurred but I do recall it clearly. I have said before neighbors on Fruit Ridge didn’t live close to each other. A couple lived in a new [ Read More ]

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