Opinion Archive

GEORGE BROWN
Thoughts on growing old

Not so long ago incurable diseases and the wear and tear of survival offered little hope of growing old. Reaching old age was like winning the lottery except there were no tickets for sale. We are privileged to live in an era when we not only hope to grow old, we expect it. Despite this [ Read More ]

RICK COMBS
Bath salts are the new drug of choice

In January, our office began receiving information about the sale and use of a new drug intentionally misbranded and being sold as “bath salts” to mask its sole purpose as a recreational drug. These “bath salts” contain an active ingredient known as methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV and can be snorted, swallowed, smoked, or injected. Once ingested, [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
The origin of the tomato and peanut butter sandwich

To be specific, that’s open faced on toast, preferably wheat or other whole grain bread. Except for the darkest days of winter when hot-house tomatoes are pink, tough, and tasteless, I’m as likely as not to start the day with this favorite breakfast, along with a tall cup of coffee to wash it down – [ Read More ]

DAN BARE
What would Jefferson think?

Independence Day, the Fourth of July, recently came and went and as with most of the national holidays more attention and interest was given to the benefits of a three-day weekend than for what it truly means. While I love fireworks and cookouts as much as the next person, I also believe it’s extremely important [ Read More ]

DAN BARE
Extreme disrespect displayed by NBC

This past weekend I was watching the U.S. Open Golf Tournament on NBC. I was especially pleased to see the coverage included a group of children with their hand on their heart saying the Pledge of Allegiance. I truly never get tired of hearing the Pledge of Allegiance and it always brings a warm, proud [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Feeling like a dog isn’t so bad after all

Every morning I give our dog, Lily, a thyroid pill tucked inside a small piece of cheese. Well, it finally happened. When I went to the refrigerator at 5 a.m. last Friday morning, instead of reaching for the cheese I reached for a bottle of water and took the thyroid pill. My first thought was, [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Yvonne’s 10 rules for a happy marriage

We were visiting with friends the other night and the topic turned, as it often seems to do, to what it takes to have a happy marriage. Yvonne said she feels like we have one of the happiest marriages around. I have to agree, and for my part I attribute this to a consistent application [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Thanks Dad for sharing your goodness with us

I recently had the opportunity to visit the ancestral home and burial place of another of our Nation’s Founding Fathers. While in Quincy, Massachusetts, we toured the home of John and Abigail Adams, and the restored historic farmhouse where John Adams was born in 1735, the house itself having originally been built in 1681. Of [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
Palin gives us a history lesson

Sarah Palin’s bus tour stopped in New York, where Palin ate pizza with Donald Trump and visited the Statue of Liberty. While visiting the Statue of Liberty, Palin lectured reporters that the Statue of Liberty was sent to the United States as a “warning” from “other countries” against “making some of the same mistakes they [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
The good wife’s guide

A few weeks ago I wrote about “Two simple rules for a long and happy marriage.” My counsel was directed to the male readers of this column, and several men have thanked me. Perhaps I’ve even saved a marriage or two – one can hope. Interestingly, a number of women have also commented about that [ Read More ]


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