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Today's Opinions

  • Coalition is working hard to stem county's large drug problem

    To the editor:

    On behalf of Champions For A Drug Free Harrison County, we would like to respond to the concerns recently expressed on the Viewpoint page by Rhonda Armigo.

    She stated that she is concerned about the growing drug problem in our city and asks why our leaders do not do something. She further challenges our community as to our plan for addressing this problem.

  • Food pantry needs have increased with economic issues

    To the editor:

    This letter is a thank you and also a plea.

    Let me explain. As chairperson of the food pantry and treasurer for our local ministerial association, I see firsthand the needs - not wants - in our community.

  • 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."