Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: A few new year thank-yous


    A new year has brought new faces to county government. Officeholders were sworn in last Monday during a ceremony at the county courthouse.

    The arrival of new people to public jobs means former officials have left office. They deserve our thanks for several years of hard work.

  • EDITORIAL: Changing lives, reducing waistlines in 2013

    While losing weight enjoys a perennial place on many lists of New Year’s resolutions, health and wellness issues, in particular obesity, are a year-round struggle for many. Whether battling the bulge, quitting smoking or eating healthier foods, a lot of us know we should be taking better care of our bodies.

    The new year is as good as a time as any to set realistic goals and chart a healthier 2013.

  • COLUMN: Why the U.S. is collapsing

    Who is to blame for America’s momentous and ongoing decline? Many will attribute this recognition to the Democrats and Barack Obama, but this is incorrect.

  • COLUMN: Being a good neighbor involves taking risk

    This column first appeared in 2004 but is relevant today. I thought of what I wrote eight years ago after watching media coverage of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting and the shooting deaths of two firefighters who were killed when they responded to a house fire in New York.
    Not many of us are called upon to risk our lives to save others. Staff members at the school did that trying to stop a deranged shooter. The firefighters did as well. As the new year arrives, we might think about how we might respond to help others, in all sorts of situations.  

  • EDITORIAL: Consider these resolutions for new year

    Each new year brings, for many people, resolutions they hope to fulfill in efforts to become better people. Some resolve to begin healthier practices such as eating better and exercising more. Others promise to devote more time to their families and friends. Some want to work harder to increase their own earnings or other measures of success.  

    All of those are noble goals on a personal level. We’d like to offer some suggestions for improvements on a community level.

  • Middling ‘Hobbit’ is still a good ‘Rings’ film

    Eric Harris

    Film Review

    In the battle of the geek trilogies, I’ve always fallen on the side of “Star Wars.” 

  • Longing for a return to Perry County

    As a 33-year-old, I feel that I’ve seen more places than most people have in a lifetime. I’ve been to the mountains, saw the oceans, lived along the Gulf, the list goes on.

    Of all the places I’ve been, none compare to Perry County when it comes to being the place for me. That being said, I’ll take just a moment to explain why.

  • Editor’s Santa column drew smiles

    I was reading the article written to Santa from our editor. I first passed it to read other parts of the paper.

    As I perused the pages, I found I kept going back to the article. I often read his articles and am quite fond of nearly all of them.

    While reading, I found myself smiling and by story’s end I realized that I had even broken into a full snicker a couple of times. It’s my opinion that this was a well-written, timely and funny article.