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Today's Opinions

  • H.R. Richardson: A great human being

    I am sure that the newspaper has been deluged with letters, memories and well-wishes from the thousands of people who H.R. Richardson personally touched. I am also sure that each came with a unique story detailing the deep way in which Mr. Richardson impacted the author. I suppose it is the only way to appropriately remember a man such as he.

  • Child gets poison ivy during Earth Day activity

    My son is in kindergarten at Taylor County Elementary School. On Tuesday, April 22, his class went outside on school premises to pick up trash for Earth Day. Although it was a good lesson for the kids to take care of the earth, I wish my son would have brought home a permission slip.

    I definitely would not have signed it, giving him permission to go into the weeds to pick up trash. He got such a bad case of poison ivy that he ended up in the emergency room. Luckily, we stopped the poison ivy with a shot and medication.

  • Taylor County: What better place to live?

    We all knew it. But now others are learning as well. Taylor County is a wonderful place in which to live and raise a family.

    A story on today's front page tells about a family - a large, extended family - who moved to Taylor County from Las Vegas, Nev. last year. They did so because they visited the area and liked it. A family, passing through, gets the feeling that this is the place for them to live. Sounds like a made-for-TV movie script.

    They thought it would be a better place in which to raise their growing family than in the frantic, big-city atmosphere of Las Vegas.

  • Book club starts with a bang

    Unless one of us has a last-minute brainstorm, we've decided on a name. In case you're wondering, the name is for the new community reading group the News-Journal is sponsoring.

    The CKNJ Bookmarks.

    And we had our first meeting Sunday afternoon. Of about 22 people who signed up to participate, 13 attended. And we had a blast.

    We had all either read or were in the process of reading a book by John Grogan titled "Marley and Me," a heartwarming story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog that taught them what really matters in life.

  • What happened to Babe Ruth baseball?

    Baseball has existed in this country for more than 150 years now. Labeled, "America's Pastime," it has brought fun and excitement to all 50 states.

    You can walk into any sporting goods store and find a plethora of equipment. Every kid practically has a chance to play Pee Wee, Little League, Babe Ruth, not to mention school ball. With all the history that comes with baseball, it's hard to believe that it's dying, but it is.

  • Relay for Life just around the corner

    The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Our signature fundraising event, Relay For Life, is right around the corner in Taylor County on June 6-7. Relay teams are working hard to reach their personal fundraising goals and are canvassing the community asking for donations and hosting events to raise money for the cause.

  • Steer clear of unsubstantiated charges

    While it is true that Democrat Barak Hussien Muhammed Obama who is running for the Democratic nominee for President has a Muslim father who is from the country of Kenya and has other relatives living there, that does not necessarily make him a Muslim or a racist.

  • Helping Food Pantry helps everyone

    "But just as you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us[a] - see that you also excel in this grace of giving."

    -2 Corinthians 8:7

    There are many worthy causes in the community, but it would seem logical that the issue of children not having enough to eat should rank near the top of the list.

    If the Taylor County Food Pantry is just four weeks away from halting service due to a lack of funding, then it's obvious families in the community are going hungry - and it's going to do nothing but get worse.