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Today's Opinions

  • Children, child advocates depend on your generosity

    If you ask any one of the abused or neglected kids in the Court Appointed Special Advocate program what they wish for Christmas, he or she wouldn’t skip a beat. Their wish is to be home for Christmas. No matter how badly a child is treated, he or she wants to go home to their family.

    If you ask a CASA child advocate what he or she wishes for their CASA child or children for Christmas he or she would respond they want the children to have a safe, loving, permanent home.

  • Finding the power to confront terror in school

    What concerns occupy the mind of an elementary school student?

    I remember worrying about spelling tests, losing lunch money and heading home again with the knees ripped out of my pants after a tumble on the blacktop playground.

    I never recall worrying about a gunman shooting up the classroom. Yet I do recall complex and confusing thoughts about aged men in black cloaks busting into the building to take our teacher away.

  • Rational input and reasonable reaction

    ISSUE: Connecticut school shootings
    OUR VIEW: A call for calm conversation

    With a horrified nation, our hearts are broken and tears have been shed for the 20 children and six teachers and administrators slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

    In the days since the sickening Dec. 14 shootings, the outcry continues for a national conversation on what must be done to curb such mass killings.

  • Building project takes first step

    ISSUE: County government's space needs
    OUR VIEW: Study is wise first step

    Hardin Fiscal Court’s first step toward developing a new county government center began where it should: At the beginning.

    Before venturing out in search of appropriate property or drawing up blueprints or artistic renderings, you first must decide what’s needed. In a massive undertaking of this nature, that’s not simple.

  • Dec. 20, 2012: Our readers write

    Law-abiding public must speak up

    My heart goes out to all the people who lost loved ones in Connecticut. This is an awful thing to happen.

    A few years ago I wrote about gun-free zones. Unfortunately, the prediction I made has come true. A lot of people are and have blamed the gun, but it was not the gun’s fault. A gun does not get up off the table and go and shoot people.

  • Doomsday checklist

    ISSUE: Prepping for the end
    OUR VIEW: Only reasonable response is humor

    It’s our last day on Earth, at least Earth as we know it. On Friday — the conclusion of the 5,125-year Mayan “long count” calendar — global catastrophe is expected to strike.

  • It's time to talk seriously about violence

    I used to work with someone who would on rare occasions step into my office and ask, “Can we talk?” I immediately knew something was seriously amiss and therefore needed to be addressed in order to avoid potentially disastrous consequences.

  • Spirit of season is familiar in her Muslim home

    White snow fell gently and quietly on the ground. Lights strewn around the front porch looked like miniscule bright stars which had fallen from the sky. A fully decorated tree stood proudly in the window as wrapped presents lay lazily underneath.

    A scene such as this was more than common in most homes back in the 1970s. But this was no ordinary home: This was a Muslim home, my home.