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Today's Opinions

  • March 15, 2013: Our readers write

    What will happen to the post office?

    I do not understand why more is not being reported on the attack the United States Postal Service is under from Congress.

    To start, the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act mandates the postal service to fully fund the cost of retiree health and pension benefits for the next 75 years.

  • Blessed be the caretakers

    “Woe unto you, lawyers,” Jesus Christ himself once said.

    Fast forward 20 centuries and Christ could have had the personal-injury, ambulance-chasing kind of lawyer in mind.

    You’ve seen these law-benders’ brand of advertising: targeting doctors doing their best to alleviate patients’ pain through joint replacements or soliciting victims of diseases you’ve never heard of.

  • Take action to protect a child

    Most of us have held an infant in our arms, marveling at the grip of tiny fingers, feeling impossibly soft skin and inhaling that signature baby lotion smell. Give the parent of a grown child just a second and they can feel their little child, snuggled in the crook of their arm, all over again.

    Now, imagine such a child, too small to have talked, walked or even crawled, being hurt by an adult.

  • Sunshine week: Media and public both have roles in oversight

    The caller on the other end of the phone line was near exasperation. He had been given the run-around by government officials, the very people he put in office to represent him, and his quest for answers was met time and again with roadblocks.

    I don’t recall the specifics of the man’s concern, or the public officials he was trying to spur to action in a cause he passionately believed in from the conversation years ago. But one thing he said has stuck with me, and it is something I go back to time and again whenever someone calls with similar concerns.

  • A House divided about its divisions

    ISSUE:House redistricting plan

    OUR VIEW:Independent thinking is needed

    The state House of Representatives’ redistricting plan is going nowhere.

    Like every law, it must be passed by both legislative chambers and the Senate will not take action on the House’s proposal, which is designed to balance population between districts in accordance with the 2010 census.

  • Community should create a business incubator locally

    Nearly every Elizabethtown historian can tell you how Samuel Haycraft Jr., son of the town’s founder, wrote in 1869, “For who can tell what Elizabethtown will be, with her delightful location, her enterprising and energetic population … her future manufactories that must spring up … when it becomes a large city it will be well to look back upon her starting point.”

    Here we are, almost 150 years later, and in some ways that future still awaits.

  • Marsee legacy is one of offering opportunity

    TOPIC: Death of Bill Marsee
    OUR VIEW: A community's loss

    Often, most of the work was done behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.

    That’s the way Bill Marsee was.

    In all of our communities, we have those such as Bill Marsee and his wife, Betty: the passionate few who work relentlessly, not for praise, but for the good of a cause that benefits others.

  • What we can do about sexual abuse

    ISSUE: Sexual Abuse Awareness Month
    OUR VIEW: Let's take a proactive role

    The first step in improvement is awareness and acknowledgment of a problem.

    In the case of sexual assault, many among us are guilty of overlooking or even denying its existence in our community. That needs to change.

    Sexual assault is a vicious, ugly violation the community actively works to stamp out, particularly where vulnerable children are involved.