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Today's Opinions

  • Front-loading education can address many ills

    ISSUE: Early childhood education
    OUR VIEW: Apply solutions on front end

    Young children have a high capacity for learning. Confronted with new discoveries daily, their minds act like sponges of information.

    But sometimes kids absorb the antics of SpongeBob SquarePants instead of educational building blocks such as reading and math. It's time to refocus.

    Get Ready!

  • Maintaining focus will advance fight against AIDS

    ISSUE: World AIDS Day
    OUR VIEW: Awareness helps beat the threat

    Since the AIDS epidemic began 30 years ago, advances have been made in the medical and awareness arenas, but the disease has an astounding global impact and often a stigma.

    In the United States, about 1.2 million people are living with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in five of those don’t know they are infected. About 16,000 people with AIDS die each year.

    Last week, communities observed World AIDS Day.

  • Dec. 9, 2011: Our readers write

    Progress can hurt
    Cecilia has been my home for many years. I see changes every day around me. New industrial parks are close by. Many new homes are being built and many already are built throughout the county. This has increased our population greatly.
    With population growth, a need for new schools arises. This brings up another matter of possibly losing some of our farm land to build schools. This may be sad but necessary for progress in education. As a community grows, we must suffer some inconvenience and be willing to accept it for the good of our children.

  • Dec. 8, 2011: our readers write

    Reading behind the words
    I read Jay Ambrose’s column in the The News-Enterprise and I found it to be very misleading. While you can take almost any statistic and use it to prove your position, there are other factors at play here that negate any tax benefit that might have made life better for the middle class.

  • Stressed by holiday frenzy? Calm, common ground is possible

    “What part of Christmas do you find most stressful?” I asked my secretary the other day.

    “The shopping,” she said, without hesitating. 

    The traffic --t rying to find a parking place, struggling to drive from one store to the next -- and the crowds, rushing to get in line, scurrying by other shoppers -- all come with the shopping. It’s an all inclusive non-bargain.

  • Public scrunity needed to hold state accountable

    ISSUE: Opening family services records
    OUR VIEW: Only public scrutiny will ensure changes 

     

  • Dec. 6, 2011: Our readers write

    Don’t be immovable in government
    Admirers of Sen. Mitch McConnell like to evoke the name of Henry Clay in praise of our Republican senate minority leader; that compliment is in many ways arguable. Like Clay, McConnell has risen to high office in the legislative branch of the federal government.
    Also like Clay our senator always has been a political in-fighter, which is not always a bad thing. However, unlike the great Clay, Mr. McConnell has never been, nor will he ever be, open to compromise and this is his great failing.

  • Postal efficiency also requires quality service

    ISSUE: U.S. Postal Service cuts
    OUR VIEW: Efficiency plan has bitter elements

    Efficiency is greatly treasured. Because vital business goals can be counted in terms of dollars, finding a more efficient means to operate is valuable and often the key to success, if not survival.