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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Nation needs to comfort those who suffer

    A few weeks ago my sister told me how her little daughter Addyson was watching “Toy Story” and began to cry during a scene.

    The scene that brought her to tears was when Andy, a young boy who once cherished and loved his favorite toy named Woody, began to grow older. And as Andy grew older the joy and happiness that the toy once brought to him faded away.

  • LETTER: Village’s candlelight tour was a big success

    Shubael Little Pioneer Village would like to thank all the volunteers for their help with the candlelight Tour held Dec. 9. We would also like to thank all visitors for supporting this project. It is our hope that all the visitors had a memorable time at the village.

    We want to thank each you for your donations of food and money that we dispersed between our local area food banks. They were very appreciative of the donations. Thanks again.

    BILL GIBSON
    Shubael Little Pioneer Village

  • COLUMN: Gun debate has middle view

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    We are hearing, as we always do when slaughters of innocents occur, from people with views at both extremes in the gun-ownership debate.

    One side is convinced that firearms are evil and must be strictly controlled. The other side will relinquish their weapons only “when they’re pried from my cold, dead fingers.”

    My own opinion about guns is somewhere in the middle.

  • COLUMN: A few new year thank-yous

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    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

    TIM KLOEPPEL
    GUEST COLUMNIST
    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.