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Today's Opinions

  • Nov. 1, 2012: Our readers write

    Be careful what you ask for

    In October 2009, then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told Congress the Affordable Health Care Act, aka Obamacare, would be voted on the day after the 2,500-plus page bill was given to members of Congress. The vote went along party lines with the majority Democrats passing the bill.

    If ever there was a great example of oxymoron, calling this bill “affordable” is it. There is nothing affordable about it.

  • SpringHaven leadership requires unique person

    ISSUE: SpringHaven's new executive director
    OUR VIEW: Job demands a diverse skill set

    After the abrupt departure of its previous director, SpringHaven’s board of directors wisely moved methodically through the selection process. It must be rewarding to have found its new executive director already on staff.

  • Study the candidates and express yourself at the polls

    Americans once again will exercise one of their most important rights and responsibilities. Millions will cast votes to decide who will serve in elected offices at every national, state and local level.

    Sadly, over the years fewer and fewer Americans have actively participated in this most American of duties. Many election outcomes are determined by far less than half the eligible voters. 

  • Every vote has an impact and every voter matters

    With every flyer I placed on the doorknob, I felt a surge of energy. I was actually making a difference and for an 11-year-old kid, that’s a big deal.

  • Spooky, but safe

    ISSUE: Tonight's candy collection craze 
    OUR VIEW: Keep it safe, neighborly this Halloween

    Turn on your lights to welcome trick-or-treaters. If you’re not passing out candy, let children know by keeping your porch dark and front door closed.

    Remove all obstacles, especially candle-lit jack-o’-lanterns, from walkways and stairwells children will use.

  • Oct. 31, 2012: Our readers write

    Supporting Obama

    Gov. Mitt Romney supports cutting Social Security and Medicare to reduce the country’s debt. This puts the burden on the elderly and is morally wrong. Our seniors need these programs to live decent lives and they contributed from their paychecks all their working lives. Yet, you heard it during the debates, he won’t touch the tax cuts for the top 2 percent super rich, which would supply hundreds of millions to our country’s treasury and could help reduce the debt.

  • Nothing good ever develops from anger

    Some stereotypes are grossly unfair and not very flattering. That said, when the shoe fits, wear it, and as an Italian American, I fit the stereotype of being emotional (I know) and passionate (I think). Cest la vie.

    But I realized today that in that gamut of emotions there is one I regret.

    Anger.

    I wish I hadn’t wasted so much emotional energy when I was younger in being angry.

  • Oct. 30, 2012: Our readers write

    Endorsing Obama

    I truly believe President Barack Obama is not only the most sincere president we’ve ever had, but he is a man of great convictions. He has striven to achieve all of his campaign promises while facing many obstacles. He has been blamed for everything that is wrong with this country when everyone knows the country already was in this condition when he became president.

    I will support and vote for Obama because it is the only sensible thing to do for our country.

    Lisa Latham
    Radcliff