Today's Opinions

  • When travelers find each other

    My wife and I were the only customers in the souvenir and gift shop, lone shoppers during an off-season in Daytona Beach, Fla.

    The lady at the cash register was kind but guarded, like the person checking your ID at airport security. But something about this lady intrigued me: Was she shy or resentful? Uncaring or prudent? Calloused or bruised?

    Directing me to the next aisle, she snapped, staccato style, “Sweatshirts and hoodies over there; caps, next aisle.”

    Her accent, which I guessed to be Eastern European, was heavy.

  • April 9, 2012: Our readers write

    On jail baptism

    I have been reading recent articles about the area’s jail baptism conflict. In an April 1 column, a writer made the comment, “It’s essential to begin by seeking to understand.” I was hoping this column would help readers and members of Hardin Fiscal Court understand it better.

    I don’t think baptism is about any legalistic points of view or any personal interpretation.

  • April 8, 2012: Our readers write

    Pass Right to Repair Act to support military families 

  • Discussing baptism ban on Easter Sunday

    ISSUE: Baptism ban at county jail
    OUR VIEW: Jailer is justified in reasoning

    Today is Easter, a time of significant celebration in the lives of Christians. Believers celebrate the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb three days following his sacrificial death on the cross. For the faithful who follow Jesus, the importance of his atoning death, burial and resurrection prophesized in the Old Testament and recounted in the New Testament of the Bible is eternal.

  • April 6, 2012: Our readers write

    Due process should be honored

    On the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, I wasn’t there so I don’t have an opinion, at this point, as to who the real bad guy was. There is too much that I’d like to know before I could come to any conclusion. Any time someone is killed, it’s a tragedy. There’s nothing glamorous about it.

  • Value of jail ministry not in question

    For the past 36 years, the Hardin County Detention Center has enjoyed a very active and successful jail ministry with a variety of local churches. 

    Currently, 32 separate denominations or religious groups participate in jail ministry. This unique ministry began in 1976 when  jail chaplain Larry Vance along with Dr. Les Langley, Bill Evans, Kennett Smith and Patricia Wheeler  began the ministry on the “cell block.” They literally shared with inmates “through the bars” at the Hardin County Jail. 

  • Celebrating two notable deaths in my life

    Today is Easter Sunday. Coincidentally, it’s also my father’s birthday.

    Both celebrate death.

    One focuses on a loving, heavenly father who sacrificed to provide eternal life. The other focuses on a loving, earthly father who sacrificed in his own way to provide my stable life.

    Dad would have been 74 today. He only saw 54 birthdays.

    He’s come to mind a lot lately. I’m 54.

  • April 5, 2012: Our readers write

     Are we asking the right questions about Trayvon Martin?