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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Little old ladies need piece of mind

    But even Granny Clampett needed help sometimes.

    Mom has lived in a nearby town in the same house on a corner lot since 1959. Three children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren later, she finds her peace in the flower beds that surround her residence.

    That peace was disrupted several weeks ago as temperatures warmed.

    Sitting around her kitchen table one Sunday after church, she explained (complained really) that her side yard has been invaded. She didn't say specifically, but I think she wanted me to do something about it.

  • Social Security policy is a curious one

    My name is George Coyle. I am a Vietnam era veteran with two honorable discharges. I was recently diagnosed with throat cancer at the V.A. Hospital in Lexington and will receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments five days a week, also in Lexington.

    My wife draws Social Security disability. This is our only income. I found out April 23 that I was also approved for Social Security. We thought this was a godsend, but then we found out the rest of the story.

  • Democrats haven't answered the call

    Two years ago this month, then-House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi made a promise to all of us regarding the high price of gasoline. Denouncing the "Republican Rubber Stamp Congress," she stated the Democrats had a plan to stop the spiraling cost of gasoline at the pump by "cracking down on price gouging, rolling back the billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, tax breaks and royalty relief given to oil and gas companies, and increasing production of alternative fuels."

  • The wart called homelessness

    Clad in several layers of mismatched clothing and a hat hiding her face, the woman pushed a shopping cart along North Columbia Avenue. She collected items that might be of use at some point and asked people for money.

    Many people avoided her, and most did not make eye contact.

    She continued to push her cart along the street toward the large grouping of cardboard boxes, where various people were covering themselves with threadbare blankets and plastic to keep the rain out.

    They were homeless, and the boxes were their beds for the night.

  • Reading group meets Sunday

    It's official: We have a reading group!

    In February, I wrote a story and a column, asking readers what they thought about the possibility of beginning a community book group.

    Well, the response was much more than I expected. And I'll admit I'm thrilled.

    Our first get-together is planned for Sunday afternoon, April 27 at 2 p.m. at the Taylor County Extension Office. We will have refreshments and a conversation about the book "Marley & Me."

    We will also agree on the group's next book selection.