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Today's Opinions

  • Readers urge public to get involved in this years elections

    To the editor:

    I would like to use this opportunity to thank retiring Family Court Judge David Melcher for his years of service on the bench and for the innovative programs he has implemented in support of Harrison Countys children and families.

    As a Rotarian volunteer for Judge Melchers mentoring program I have been able to experience in a small way the kinds of issues a family court judge must contend with on a daily basis. It is a tough job and one that I know takes a high level of dedication and commitment.

  • Reading to your children has many benefits

    There is an easy way to improve your childs chances at school. It will entertain and delight him. It will strengthen the bonds between him and you. And it is virtually free.

    Sound too good to be true?

    Actually, it isnt. The magical method: taking time to read aloud to your child.

  • Tradition warrants better facilities

    To the editor:

    As I sit here after returning from a Breds baseball meeting for next year, I feel a need to bring up a issue that is on the minds of many people.

    Harrison County baseball is a special tradition that is known statewide. The Breds just completed a season that had them reach the state final eight teams. This was not a complete surprise, as past Baseball teams have won state championships, been runners up and seems that year after year make good showings.

  • Guest column stirs readers to respond

    To the editor:

    A few weeks ago, a guest columnist wrote about our town, and proceeded to complain about everything here they didnt like, expecting to find a Utopia to settle down in.

    To say the least, we were offended by all of your criticisms and we got our bristles up. Our town has a world of tradition, history, heritage and an enormous amount of pride.

  • Animal euthanasia rate is shameful

    To the editor:

    Re: Gasoline for $1.15 a gallon.

    Now that I have your attention: We, the good folks of Harrison County, have an issue that brings shame upon us.

    Our county officials are killing dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at a rate three times the national average.

    In 2006 and 2007 we killed a total of 2,125. By September this year, we have already killed over 900 putting us on track to exceed that tragic average.

  • These empty nests are for the birds

    I've been kidding myself and anyone else who has asked me in the last month about my son going off to school.

    "Ah, it'll be party time at the Barnes's," I feigned. "He's ready. This is what I've raised him for over the last 18 years. He'll be fine. I'll be fine."

    Moms, have you made similar statements of denial?

    I know there have been many mothers who have forged this trail long before me, and there'll be many more after me. However, this is it for me. My last.

    My husband and I are officially "empty nesters."

  • Candidates will change the way Co-op does business

    To the editor:

    Ive been a tobacco farmer all my life. Im a member of the Burley Co-op and President of the Community Farm Alliance (CFA). I am writing to ask for support from your readers on an important issue for both organizations.

    If you are tired of the way the Burley Co-op does business, you can do something to change things. If youre a tobacco farmer; or a former quota owner or producer who is no longer involved and would like your share of the Co-ops assets returned to you, I want to encourage you to vote in the Co-ops upcoming director elections.

  • Take care of your beloved pets before it's too late

    To the editor:

    Last week I lost a friend. Three or four times a week when I would go outside in the evening to water my flowers, he would be there waiting for me. He was funny, charming, beautiful, a flirt, and a bit of a moocher.

    I would put my watering can down and go back into the house to get him a treat. He waited on the sidewalk for me and, sometimes performed a few tricks for me. He always made me smile. Then he walked beside me to his bowl for a treat. I looked forward to seeing him. He belonged to my neighbors and his name was Buddy.