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Today's Opinions

  • Reader admires new president’s delivery of inauguration speech

    Did you listen to how President Barack Obama said the word "ask" during his inauguration speech? He said "ask" not "ax." (An "ax" is a chopping or cutting tool. "Ask" means "to call on for an answer."

    If a person says "I am going to ax someone," it sounds like they are getting ready to attack somebody.

    Set aside politics for a minute and listen to how Obama speaks correctly.

    On this matter, I think we should emulate him.

    Paul Mazzotta

    Chattahoochee

  • Time to collapse: The Christmas rush is over

    Now that Christmas is finally here, I thought a new twist on an old favorite might be appropriate...enjoy!

    “Twas the Night After Christmas”

    Twas the night after Christmas and all through the place,

    Any creature that stirred fell flat on her face.

    We'd ripped open the treasures and ransacked the stockings,

    The amount of goodies we ate was really quite shocking.

    No one knew how St. Nick got in while we dozed,

    For the doors were all locked and the chimney was closed.

  • Thankful for lessons from Hispanic family

    My job takes me to unexpected places more often than not. Tuesday was one of those times. I was looking for a Christmas feature and decided that an article on the Mexican celebration and how it differs from the American celebration might be interesting.

    I asked a Mexican woman I knew, Priscilla Vidal, if she would help me find a family to interview. I wanted a typical family that would be willing to talk candidly with me.

    Priscilla found a family and accompanied me to the humble little trailer the family shares in Greensboro.

  • I'll just do the best I can

    The new year invariably makes me think of the year that is going out. I'm reminded of things, personally and professionally, that I wish I had done differently or I wish I had not done at all. I can't dwell on those things because I can't bring those events back.

  • You just can't put a bow on some things

    Another new year is upon us, and I can’t believe that 2008 is already done. It was a year of change for me, since I changed jobs and moved to Gadsden County. But I’m glad I made the move. I’m beginning to feel like it’s home.

  • No ugly girls wanted

    It’s a new year. My first wife still likes me. We’ve got a brand-new president. Gas prices are down. I’ve got new running shoes. My boys are healthy. The economy is so bad that it can only go up from here...

    I don’t believe I have been this excited about a new year since 1963.

  • If you want to be in the know, you have to go

    There are people who just won't pay attention. For whatever reason, things that affect their lives are ignored until it's too late.

    I can't count the number of times citizens have shown up at county commission meetings wanting to subdivide property, change zoning or change the face of their property, whether it's a half acre or 3,000 acres.

  • Enough with the turnips already

    Once again, local education leaders are sitting on pins and needles, awaiting word from higher up as to whether school districts will have to endure yet another painful budgetary amputation. Legislators are meeting in emergency session this week, trying to figure out what to do – or hoping someone else has some recommendations.