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Today's Opinions

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    The New York Sun editorial is just as true today as it was in 1897.

    In 1897, Virginia O'Hanlon, who was then 8 years old, wrote a letter to The New York Sun. What follows are the letter and the reply that appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun.

    DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'

    Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

    - Virginia O'Hanlan

    115 West Ninety-Fifth Street

  • Magic Bars, chocolate covered Oreos, Monkey Bread... oh my!

    As I sit here, trying diligently to concentrate on my work, there is a container of chocolate covered Oreos screaming my name. I'm desperately trying to ignore their call, but they are begging me to come rescue them from their Tupperware prison and devour them and their double stuffed goodness.

    Oh, and sitting directly beside the chocolate covered Oreos are Magic Bars that have done a trick on my taste buds, since all I can think about is their perfect layers of graham cracker crumbs, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and coconut flakes.

  • Living without insurance

    I am frequently instructed as I enter the room to see a new patient, "Be easy on me, Doc. I don't have health insurance." To which I reply, "Neither do I ... not for 15 years."

    Then the conversation turns this way, "How do you do it? Aren't you afraid? What if? What if? What if?"

    Honestly, this is where I live and how I live and here are some of my conclusions. Insurance is based on fear - my faith and my instincts tell me that there is only one appropriate fear - fear of God.

  • Something to give

    We all know the economy is bad. It's been that way for some time, and it's highly unlikely that things are going to change before Christmas. We also realize that when people think of donations, they often think of money first. This year, we want to encourage you to consider donating things instead. Recently, we learned that donations are down at both The Caring Closet and at the Lebanon Goodwill. The Caring Closet supports The Caring Place, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, in a couple different ways.

  • Don't be a scrooge

    Bah humbug!

    We said the same thing two years ago when we wrote an editorial encouraging local businesses and industries to become involved in the Christmas in the Park display at Graham Memorial Park. But, apparently, we didn't say it loud enough.

    Or, maybe we didn't say it with just the right amount of Scrooge-like gruffness in our voices.

    Nevertheless, the same problem that existed two years ago exists today - there's not enough local support for a worthwhile local holiday attraction.

    And why not?

  • Your (almost) helpful 2009 holiday gift guide

    Despite my best efforts, I have not yet been able to convince my family to forgo the annual Christmas gift giving.

    I still hold out hope that some day we will enjoy the holiday for the time we spend together without the added rigmarole of picking out presents for one another. (I understand that some people still enjoy this part of the season, however.)

    With that in mind, I'm here to help, almost.

  • Raising the bar

    The Marion County Knights football players were understandably down after Friday night's loss to Lone Oak, but we hope with time and distance they will appreciate what they accomplished this year.

    For just the second time in school history, Marion County reached the state football semifinals.

    This year's Knights went 11-3, posting the second-best record in school history. Only the 1987 squad, which finished 12-2 and also reached the semifinals, had a higher winning percentage.

  • Educate yourself, then decide

    Tuesday, voters in Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties have the opportunity to vote for their next state senator.

    Based on the number of signs I've seen, I get the impression that many people have already made up their minds.

    That said, I hope every eligible voter (regardless of who they are planning to vote for) takes some time in the next week to evaluate the candidates, not just their party affiliation. (I'll avoid a rant about how worthless party affiliation is.)