Today's Opinions

  • Aug. 29, 2013: Our readers write

    Strengthening the Constitution

  • Aug. 28, 2013: Our readers write

    Racism not a factor in theater 

    I applaud Ike Boutwell for his decision to do what he wishes to do with his own business. One of the responders to the letters section seemed to want to indicate his not showing “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” was something other than Jane Fonda, ergo, perhaps racial. Mr. Boutwell also did not show “Monster-in-Law” a couple years back because Fonda was the main character. 

  • Heartland Festival gets a thumbs up

    TOPIC: Heartland Festival 2013
    From rides to concert, it was a winner

    Heartland Festival in the Park is back where it rightly belongs among area festivals as one of the best this region has to offer.

    More than 15,000 people attended last weekend's event at Freeman Lake Park, taking in everything from rides to sno-cones, a reptile zoo to a concert. And much, much more.

  • Aug. 27, 2013: Our readers write

    Calling shenanigans on redistricting

  • Dealing with change when the boomerang booms back

    “How long did you say you are you going to be home?”

    That was my dad’s question to me, Christmas holidays, 1975.

    I had set my shaving kit in the small bathroom I had shared with Dad for years. Then, I moved his shaving cream, after-shave lotion and cologne to the side so I could spread out mine where his had been, just like I had done when I was in high school.

  • Praise for staging unique fundraisers

    ISSUE: Noteworthy events
    OUR VIEW: Lots of opportunities to say well done

    In the constant buzz of activity that makes up local communities, exceptional acts of graciousness and charity are constantly being planned and implemented. Sometimes it’s a task to ensure the compliments keep pace with accomplishments.

    But let’s give it try. It’s time to pass out a few kudos.

  • A messy hillside stirs memories of warmth

    Draped in black, the hillside behind the backyards of Red Hawk Drive homes showed the impact of an overnight train derailment.

    Tons of coal poured from derailed hoppers. A stand of trees alongside the track appeared to be propping up the silver train cars, keeping them from rolling down the hill.

    The scattered shipment covered the earth, mashing small plants and smothering the soil. It’s odd how memories work. Because at first glance, the mess reminded me of Grandpa.

  • Aug. 25, 2013: Our readers write

    Fonda a traitor

    My appreciation to the movie theater owner who refuses to show “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

    Jane Fonda is a sleazeball traitor and should have been executed in front of a firing squad. Of all insults, having her play Nancy Reagan.

    William Summerhill

    Gainesville, Fla.


    Growing up and forgiving