Today's Opinions

  • A few clicks online can put a smile on Mackenzie’s face


    Three years ago, I was at an airport waiting for a flight home on a beautiful November day.

    Minding my own business concentrating on the book I was reading, suddenly out of the corner of my eye, lights flashed. I looked over to see a smiling seemingly healthy little girl, the flashing lights were the lights on her wheelchair.

  • April 30, 2013: Our readers write

    HMH a treasure

    I would like to make a special comment about Hardin Memorial Hospital.

    I was admitted to the hospital for different surgeries. I received outstanding service from the staff to the surgeon for my excellent care and recovery.

    It is comforting to have such a good service provider at HMH.

  • Take action for those with special needs

    ISSUE: Raising money and awareness
    OUR VIEW: Thanks to all

    If you’ve caught a J.T. Alton Middle School volleyball game, you might have seen the players’ socks decorated with a puzzle-piece pattern, a symbol for autism awareness. You also may have come across a Facebook page called “Dylan’s Journey: Your journey is just as important! Support AUTISM!,” meant to connect families with autistic children.

  • Crazy or just hootchie cootchie googooing?

    Standing at the end of the aisle in the department store, I heard loud noises from someone coming closer. “Woo who, boo boo, waahhh waahhh.”

    The weird sounds were coming from a lady walking down the aisle. And the closer she got to me, the louder her babbling became. She looked to be 60 something and the younger woman following close behind her I assumed to be the older lady’s 20-something daughter.

  • April 29, 2013: In other views

    The following are excerpts of essays written by area teens for a class project.

    Teen hangout?

    It’s 5 p.m., you just got off work. What’s your child doing? Either playing Xbox or texting. And you know neither one of them is good for them. Well, what if there was a way to get them off the Xbox and cellphone and still have some fun while staying out of trouble? There is a way but we currently do not have the solution. But, I know a solution. We need a hangout for teens to have fun and stay out of trouble. Doesn’t that sound nice?

  • Taking the temperature of our civic health

    Mental health, dental health, financial health all are familiar phrases. Frequently, I run across stories particularly geared to men's health, women's health or kids' health. At the grocery store, there's a whole section devoted to health and beauty aids. And at my age, I hear a lot about prostate health.

    But until recently, I never had encountered the concept of measuring "civic health."

  • April 28, 2013: Our readers write

    Contrasting stances

  • Staying alert to military changes

    ISSUE: Army in a state of flux
    OUR VIEW: Community must be vigilant