Opinion Archive

Write to ‘Dear George,’ the Sun’s new advice columnist

When talking with friends over dinner the other night it occurred to us that you never see an advice column written by a man. The underlying premise of this is twofold. First, only women seek advice, and secondly, no woman has confidence in the opinions or advice of men, including (or especially) her husband. There [ Read More ]

We need to start exporting American products, not jobs

There’s an old cliché that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. Well, if that’s the case, then our trade policy represents insanity. Though NAFTA was signed nearly two decades ago, a trade deal with China was inked about a dozen years ago, and CAFTA [ Read More ]

How our country has become ‘empty inside’

What’s wrong with this picture? An older, grandmotherly lady is shown on a video sitting aboard a bus receiving verbal abuse from a group of youngsters, no one acts to stop the incident. More of the story – the lady is in her late-60s, a widow, has had to take a low-paying job ($15,000/year) as [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘A Golden Voice’ is an uplifting memoir

Some people can sing like angels. They can lift their voices in such a way that makes you absolutely sure you’re hearing heaven. With words, they can make you cry or dance. Some people can run faster than sound. Others can wiggle their noses or ears. Some have a way with babies or dogs, know [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
It’s Canine Preventive Care Month at All Creatures

Canine Parvovirus (or “Parvo) is contagious viral infection that is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces. Spread through fecal matter in dirt, it can also live on surfaces and objects such as shoes, food and water dishes, toys and bedding. Parvovirus can live in the ground long periods [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Reminders for gardeners

Get out your calendar and make a note to yourself about these important dates in the month of July: July is the cutoff date for pruning and shearing woody plants, and here’s why: Pruning and shearing stimulate new green growth, which won’t have time to harden off completely before winter. Pruning and shearing after July [ Read More ]

Friendships are made of things that are shared

Most of us are fortunate to have many good friends over the course of our lives, whether a brother, a sister, or cousin, or individuals we met along the way that quickly transition from being casual acquaintances to best friends. Some are in our lives for only awhile, while others, thankfully, are in our lives [ Read More ]

Celebrating our God given rights

This July 4th marks 236 years of American independence. For 236 years, we have been free to exercise our God-given rights. This is what our Founding Fathers meant in our Declaration of Independence, when they famously wrote that we Americans “are endowed by (our) Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, [ Read More ]

Using taxpayer dollars for politics

When citizens pay taxes, they entrust their money to the government to be used for public purposes. That money should be used for providing public services and for conducting state business. Recently, the legislature passed and the governor signed legislation that increases the penalty for state workers who may use public funds for something other [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Tree pruning reduces wind storm damage

When violent winds or ice storms cause massive tree damage, the majority of the broken or fallen trees have a common tree defect called a “bark-included crotch.” This defect occurs when, instead of a healthy limb attached to the trunk, a tree forms a close crotch (see illustration). As the tree grows, bark is “included” [ Read More ]

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