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Today's Opinions

  • Legislature passes a budget and more

    ISSUE: 2014 General Assembly session
    OUR VIEW: Much accomplished, more to do

    As the biennial budget session of the General Assembly draws to its conclusion, here are some of the notable items that mark legislators’ work.

    They passed a budget and did so during the regular session. For a while, that was a rarity.

  • April 4, 2014: Our readers write

    Protect reliable telephone service
    AARP is fighting to preserve reliable phone service for the elderly and other citizens who rely on landline service for emergency purposes and to stay connected to their family, friends and communities. Telephone service is a basic necessity, particularly for older adults, who are more likely than any other age group to rely on landline service to maintain social contact and preserve health and safety.

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  • A changing sports scene

    ISSUE: Unionized future of college athletics
    OUR VIEW: Most student-athletes will not benefit

  • Don't worry: Sing happy

    “The sun is finally out, the weather is warming up, I’m definitely heading home and putting on my Beach Boy records,” a friend once told me one bright, spring day, back when people still played records.

    I now know why she was thinking about those good vibrations: We tend to invoke music that parallels the circumstances of our lives.

  • April 2, 2014: Our readers write

    Seeking support for raw milk legislation

    I have milk allergies that only showed up after I had my daughter in 1982. I cannot drink normal milk without serious digestive disturbances that are painful and embarrassing. I have lived in states where it was easy to get raw milk, which I can drink without problems, and I have now lived in a state where I have to go through hoops to get any.

  • April 1, 2014: Our readers write

    Politics gets in way of pro-life  
    Children’s lives should never take second place to political pressure.

  • Wheat fertilization and possible losses

    Earlier in the season, we warned producers applying nitrogen — N — to frozen wheat ground could increase risk of N loss. Unseasonably cold temperatures froze the soil sufficiently to support application traffic through most of January and February. Some producers took advantage of this frozen ground to make early N applications and reduce the risk of compacting or rutting the ground later in the season.