en Be safeguarded on your shopping spree <p> <strong>TOPIC:</strong> Holiday shopping<br /> <strong>OUR VIEW:</strong> Have a plan and protect yourself</p> <p> Maybe your holiday shopping started in the wee hours of this morning. Or maybe you will try and avoid the crunch, let the turkey and dressing continue to settle and hit the stores and the sales later today.</p> Our readers write: Nov. 28, 2014 <p> <strong>Take precautions&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 20.4000015258789px;">to protect your pets</span></strong></p> <p> Winter, with its bitter wind, rain and snow, is rapidly approaching. Now is the time to check our dog houses, patching and repairing all cracks and leaks.</p> What lies ahead for leaders in Washington? <p> By Lee H. Hamilton</p> <p> Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections over the past few weeks, you&rsquo;d think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country. In reality, they were just a curtain-raiser. It&rsquo;s the next few weeks and months that really matter.</p> Use this day as intended <p> <strong>ISSUE:</strong> Giving thanks on Thanksgiving<br /> <strong>OUR VIEW:</strong> Take time to count your blessings</p> <p> It&rsquo;s Thanksgiving Day 2014: Time for turkey and football, right?</p> Work Ready is important tool <p> <strong>ISSUE: </strong>Becoming a Work Ready community<strong><br /> OUR VIEW: </strong>It sends the correct message</p> Three who excel at what they do <p> As this week&rsquo;s celebration of thankfulness approaches, here are added accolades for three local residents who recently have been set apart for praise because of their talents and contributions.</p> <p> <strong>KATE BATEMAN.</strong> Hanging decorations is one of many traditions that seem to fill us with the Christmas spirit.</p> Offering a toast to Boundary Oak <p> <strong>ISSUE:</strong> Craft distillery set to begin bourbon line<br /> <strong>OUR VIEW:</strong> Goodin family is making an impact</p> <p> Armed with a federal permit that&rsquo;s barely a year old, Brent Goodin and his family are making alcohol and history at their craft distillery on Battle Training Road.</p> Nov. 26, 2014: Our readers write <p> <strong>Board member answers critic</strong></p>