Today's Opinions

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    It’s been a while since I’ve taken early morning walks in the cold.
    Not since living in Tucson a decade ago do I recall walking with gloves and hat on when the temperatures were at the freezing mark.
    The only difference is that in Tucson I wore my cowboy hat, and here, in Aiken, I wore my Carolina Gamecocks baseball cap.
    What I thought most about along my walk this morning is how fortunate I am to have a wonderful, brick home with plenty of heat and hot water, and living like royalty compared to those who are homeless.

  • This, too, shall pass (really)

    In retrospect, it would have been a great idea to ask all the staffers here at the Times to write a few paragraphs about what they’re thankful for this edition. Everybody’s list is always different because every life path is different, even though some may run parallel for a long, long time.
    But once a parallel line starts deviating by any amount — even  just a degree or two, over time the separation becomes more and more pronounced until those lines wind up in vastly different places.

  • 4GEN Journal

    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s remember that the holiday’s name is a compound word — Thanks and Giving. Take these few moments to consider my ideas for enhancing Thanksgiving and the entire holiday season ahead.
    Each of us has much to be thankful for —our lives, families, friendships and work that fulfills us.  While there is no perfection in life, let’s admit that the glass is more than half full for most of us, most of the time.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    The baseball season is finally over, and the New York Mets did not win it all.
    Yes, the Kansas City Royals, a truly better team won the World Series.
    I remain proud of my Mets. Who wouldn’t be, when your favorite team won a National League pennant for the first time since 2000?
    However, more important, for me, are two players from the Mets who really stood out as heroes and role models for our kids.

  • Poised for a comeback

    A few Saturdays ago I had to take my time getting back home because of tourists lurching down the road on Segways. That’s right, Segways in Quincy.
    Until then the only place I had seen them used by sightseers was in downtown Chicago.
    I think the Porchfest organizers deserve kudos for continuing the quirky tradition of live music outdoors at private homes and for the teamwork that brought the Segways here.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    “Semper Paratus” is the U.S. Coast Guard’s motto; it means “always ready.” It has been one of my life’s guiding principles to live by.
    Humility is another of the goals I strive for on a daily basis.
    Trying to be humble, when I am able, requires much continual prayer.
    Sept. 23 marked the 56th anniversary of the day I entered the Coast Guard on active duty.
    My long association with the outfit has made more of an impact on my life than anything.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    I hope you are one moved in a positive way to the beauty and splendor of autumn and able to observe the spectacular changes of color at this wonderful time of year.
    Most Floridians, outside of Gadsden County would probably have to drive fairly long distances to view the fall foliage.
    My wife and I missed viewing the fall colors while we lived in Florida.
    Before I left New England, I was always awed by the beauty of autumn and the graceful falling of the leaves of red, brown, green and yellow.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    Many South Carolinians living in Aiken County have lost their homes or can’t gain access to them because of high flood water.
    Judy and I have once again been spared from the wrath of nature, or could it be the wrath of God?
    Too often lately I’m convinced that our God, for reasons too deep to fathom, has spared us from peril or loss of our home and property.
    I’m certain one day soon none of us will be spared from the wrath of God and mankind will no longer exist on this wonderful planet we call Earth.