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Today's Opinions

  • These are songs of the season

    By Joberta Wells

    As I get older I am more aware of the seasons and things that define them. Songs of the burgeoning fauna fascinate me, especially after a long hard winter.
    In late February or early March we begin to hear one of my favorite songs, the song of the spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer), otherwise known as frogs. They inhabit every pond, every ditch, and every low-lying marsh and they inhabit my heart with joy.  I love these little guys and their song.

  • Car seating arrangements

    By Ken Begley

    There aren't many things that annoy me as much as when we travel in our van as a family. We have seven people in our family and the van holds exactly seven. It doesn't matter how close we are to where we're going, someone is always unhappy with the seating positions.
    Cindy and I are always up front.
    The rest of the seats are a free-for-all.

  • It's about to get busy

    Anyone who has spent any time in Marion County knows that the end of September is a busy time. I learned that the hard way when I moved here seven years ago - on the Friday of Ham Days weekend.
    But the 2012 festival may be unlike anything Lebanon has seen.
    Ham Days always brings a crowd on its own, but people will have even more reasons to visit than the ham breakfast, contests and the Pigasus Parade this year.

  • It's about to get busy

    Anyone who has spent any time in Marion County knows that the end of September is a busy time. I learned that the hard way when I moved here seven years ago - on the Friday of Ham Days weekend.
    But the 2012 festival may be unlike anything Lebanon has seen.
    Ham Days always brings a crowd on its own, but people will have even more reasons to visit than the ham breakfast, contests and the Pigasus Parade this year.

  • It's about to get busy

    Anyone who has spent any time in Marion County knows that the end of September is a busy time. I learned that the hard way when I moved here seven years ago - on the Friday of Ham Days weekend.
    But the 2012 festival may be unlike anything Lebanon has seen.
    Ham Days always brings a crowd on its own, but people will have even more reasons to visit than the ham breakfast, contests and the Pigasus Parade this year.

  • It's about to get busy

    Anyone who has spent any time in Marion County knows that the end of September is a busy time. I learned that the hard way when I moved here seven years ago - on the Friday of Ham Days weekend.
    But the 2012 festival may be unlike anything Lebanon has seen.
    Ham Days always brings a crowd on its own, but people will have even more reasons to visit than the ham breakfast, contests and the Pigasus Parade this year.

  • These are songs of the season

    By Joberta Wells

    As I get older I am more aware of the seasons and things that define them. Songs of the burgeoning fauna fascinate me, especially after a long hard winter.
    In late February or early March we begin to hear one of my favorite songs, the song of the spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer), otherwise known as frogs. They inhabit every pond, every ditch, and every low-lying marsh and they inhabit my heart with joy.  I love these little guys and their song.

  • Correction, Sept. 5

    An item in the Public Record of the Aug. 29 edition contained incorrect information.

    A traffic case involving Angela R. Stickle, 154 Hilltop Street in Springfield should have read that she was charged with failure to wear a seat belt, failure to use a child restraint and failure to notify address change to Department of Transportation.