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Today's Opinions

  • Farm bill is needed

    While Congress and President Bush recently completed work on an economic stimulus package for America, farm interests have been pushing for another type of economic boost known as "the farm bill."   Sometimes mischaracterized as a subsidy program for large-scale corporate farms, the nation's farm policy actually goes a long way toward providing a sense of economic stability in rural communities.

  • A bad precedent

    By all accounts, Mackey Hagan has done a remarkable job as the health insurance agent for Marion County employees.

    During last week's fiscal court meeting, Magistrate John Arthur Elder III said several employees have praised Hagan's service. Marion County Judge-Executive John G. Mattingly added that he was not aware of any negative comments regarding insurance coverage this year.

    That's commendable, but there is something that happened last week at the fiscal court meeting that we find unsettling.

  • Farm bill is needed

    While Congress and President Bush recently completed work on an economic stimulus package for America, farm interests have been pushing for another type of economic boost known as "the farm bill."

    Sometimes mischaracterized as a subsidy program for large-scale corporate farms, the nation's farm policy actually goes a long way toward providing a sense of economic stability in rural communities. And it does so with a broad reach.

  • Moving on with his pets

    With the eventual passing of the animal control ordinance and the fact that my household will soon be illegal, we are departing Lebanon with a great deal of regret. While this forced move is going to cost us money, the regret is having to say goodbye to the special people of Lebanon that I have been fortunate enough to get to know.