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Today's Opinions

  • ‘Little Women’ featured remarkable teen talent

    By G.B. Dixon

  • Say goodbye to Democracy

    Let's hope our fragile democracy can survive the election of Trump. I'm scared to death we will never fully recover from this.
    President-elect Trump is ignorant of even the most basic tenets of our Constitution, nor does he appear to understand how the three branches of government work as checks and balances.

  • Mattingly family raises $20,000 for Hosparus

    I am pleased to share that two fundraisers put on by my family in support of Hosparus Green River raised a total of $20,000 for local hospice patients and families.
    In 2005, my brother Gerald Mattingly lost his battle with cancer. As a way to honor his memory and his life, my family and I decided to host a charity golf scramble to give back. The 10th annual Gerald Mattingly Golf Scramble was held last month at Lebanon Country Club, and I want to personally thank the 96 golfers who came out to support hospice care on a dreary October day.

  • Give back to your veterans

    After the hubbub of Halloween and Election Day, we often miss one very important day to this nation — Veterans Day on Nov. 11. We celebrate the lives of those who have given so much for our country and who are still giving so much. Veterans Day was formerly known as Armistice Day, so named because at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Armistice with Germany went into effect, ending the dominant hostilities of World War I.

  • Winnie the pooch

    When I got out of the car, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The ground was soft and muddy everywhere I stepped. I couldn’t help but notice the signs posted all over the property: We (heart) collies, or COLLIE CROSSING or simply a silhouette of the four-legged animal with a thick neck of hair and a long snout.
    I was there to buy a dog.

  • Celebrating our region’s entrepreneurial success

    By Mo Miller

    Entrepreneurs are often and rightfully called the backbone of our economy. Most businesses in our region and across the county are small businesses, and they create nearly two of every three new jobs. As importantly, our communities’ entrepreneurs prove time and again that hard working, determined people can build a better life for themselves and their families.

  • Honor guard is thankful for new bus

    The Marion County Veterans Honor Guard has been in operation since it conducted its first military honors at a veteran’s funeral in February 1996. This initial group had no uniforms and used borrowed World War I weapons. Since that time, we have progressed to 44 volunteer members, all wearing the uniform of the service they served in while on active duty. We have two sets of weapons assigned and have traveled in our own bus for many years. However, our bus had gotten old, with defective heater and air conditioning and a leaking roof.

  • A nickel and dime tiny government system

    Remember, “Things are never what they seem.”
    A nickel and dime tiny government system set up within a larger government system can slowly control and bleed you to death. To match funds sounds good. If the matching is not enough then more “matching” comes.