Today's Opinions

  • Martial arts instructor offers advice

    I read your article by Chris McGoey on the tear gas explanation in the Sept 3 issue. I would like to comment on personal safety.

  • Reader questions rep on presidential support

    Due to the constraints of time, I have been unable to attend Rep. Allen Boyd's town hall meetings, so I choose this public forum.

    I commend you for your service to our country. That was then...this is now.

    You were one of 219 congressmen to vote for that deplorable tax and trade bill. Now you are going around the district explaining yourself away about the Obama health care bill. Congressman, this is a no-brainer. Vote no!

  • It's not about race, it's about encouraging the kids

    It seemed the whole country went nuts last week as it was announced that President Barack Obama would be visiting America’s classrooms via a live podcast on the White House Web site.

  • There's nothing quite like family time

    I have a lot of relatives and this weekend most of them came to town. We had a great time together as usual. We are good company for each other and I don't ever remember, as adults, any of us having a serious argument. Of course, we disagree like most people but it never escalates into yelling and holding grudges. I have to admit, I have a cool family.

  • We can do better than the health care we have in place

    I am writing to encourage readers to support efforts to offer health insurance for all Americans.  I want to bypass arguments that have been made by experts on both sides.

    This is a guts and glory appeal.

    We need to address the health insurance issue the American way: Determine that we will do the right thing. With right on our side, figure out how to overcome the obstacles. Make it work right, rather than whimper about some imaginary doomsday.  

  • Breathe in long and hard...there's a fresh wind blowing

    There’s a fresh wind blowing across Gadsden County. Can you feel it?

    I’m talking about the new excitement in the schools and at the administrative level. It started with the shifting around of personnel, not because district leaders wanted to move people out of positions, but because the skills of those administrators and teachers would be better utilized elsewhere. Principals who have led their former schools to higher levels of achievement have been moved to schools that were faltering, and we can be sure their new schools are already on the rise.

  • Waiting in line's not so bad

    Standing in line doesn't have to be a bad experience. On Aug. 28 I had the good fortune of waiting in line for almost an hour to get a tag for my car. A few months ago I interviewed Dale Summerford, county tax collector, about the increase in fees and licenses that took effect Sept. 1.

  • The problem with health reform isn't the reform part

    I can tell you the problem with the heath care “reform.” The proposed legislation is 1,000 pages long! Hello! Gibbon’s extraordinarily wordy and detailed description of “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” wasn’t much longer. And it took six volumes and covered centuries. “War and Peace” came and went with fewer pages. “Gone with the Wind” was barely a thousand pages. And I couldn’t make it through it; I fell asleep around about the time Scarlett took her third husband.