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Today's Opinions

  • Stuck in the desert

    I didn’t have a thermometer, but the temperature under the blazing sun had to be more than 100 degrees. Looking to my left and right, all I could see was sand and dried bushes for miles and miles. The road behind and in front of me blurred in the distance, the type of blur you see when you look just inches above a roaring fire. This whole place felt like it was on fire. After all, we were stuck in the California desert.

  • Debunking the newspapers are dying idea

    By David Chavern
    President and CEO of News Media Alliance

    Imagine waking up in a world without newspapers.
    “Ha!” You say, “I haven’t gotten a newspaper in years.”
    But I’m not talking about just the paper delivered by carriers or the postal service. I’m talking about the news online, the links on social media, the email newsletter, the source cited in the television broadcast and the push notification on your phone. The word newspaper no longer reflects the media industry encompassed by the word.

  • Reading your local paper is ‘Way to Know’ your community

    By Layne Bruce
    Several years ago cyberspace was frenzied over many popular websites going dark for 24 hours to protest a federal bill meant to crack down on video piracy.
    The Stop Online Piracy Act – or SOPA – was a controversial and perhaps misguided effort championed by the Motion Picture Association of America to end illegal online sharing of copyrighted material, primarily movies and music.

  • Power of the press is in being the Way to Know for news consumers

    By Gene Policinski

    WASHINGTON – The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.

    Notice in those words not a mention of celebrity content, mobile devices nor “aspirational” reportage that feels good without doing any good.

  • Grand ham slam

    “It’s essential to keep an open mind, and to be willing – better yet, eager – to try new things.” - Michael Abrash

    Trying new things can be challenging, and darn near impossible for some people who dislike change. But, often times, it’s very much worth it.
    Such is the case with this year’s Marion County Country Ham Days Festival.

  • Ham Days at its best

    I wasn’t sure what to expect of my first Ham Days. It was one of the first things I heard about when I was hired in June (we even talked about it in my interview). I remember seeing the signs advertising it the first day I drove into Lebanon. I thought to myself, I wonder what Ham Days is?
    I soon found out that it was a festival (obviously), but I had no idea how much it was ingrained into the very fabric of this county’s culture. To an outsider, I thought, great, a festival about pigs. But I soon realized that it is so much more than that.

  • From the Whole 30 to the Whole Life
  • From the Whole 30 to the Whole Life