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Today's Opinions

  • Ways to support the troops

    There are thousands of troops stationed around the world that can benefit from some support from home. Being away from one's native country can cause feelings of homesickness and potentially loneliness. All it takes is a few encouraging words to let servicemen and women know you are thinking about them and appreciate their efforts.

    So what can you do to show your support? There are many things, actually.
    Here are a few ideas and you can build on them.

  • Bad year for incumbents, Democrats

    President Barack Obama may have put it best when he described the Nov. 2 election as a "shellacking" of the Democrats nationally.

  • A dog named Bella

    Animal cruelty and pet abandonment are due to ignorance, stupidity and lack of compassion and the act is unconscionable. 

    On a 100-degree afternoon in August, a lone car pulled into the Lebanon Wal-Mart parking lot, opened the door and dragged a poor unsuspecting seven-month-old pup out of the car taking off her collar and simply drove away. By the time we found Bella (that's what we named her), she had been alone in the parking lot for two days in the blistering heat. Her only refuse was a small median strip of grass in the midst of a constant flow of cars.

  • Piles of fun

    While Halloween was a day for witches, ghosts and goblins, the fondest memory I made during the recent holiday was watching my son enjoy one of the most innocent and pure childhood traditions during this time of year - playing in the autumn leaves.

    It may not seem that significant to many of you, but it was to me. This was the first time (at least that I know of) that my 4-year-old son discovered the joys of playing, jumping and burying himself in a huge pile of leaves.

  • A new view of the Dead Sea Scrolls

    While reflecting on the insignificance of the "Aqua Buddha", I came across a news item that offered a respite from the onslaught of campaign advertising. The Dead Sea Scrolls are getting the Google treatment (more on that later). The text and translations have been available for some time, but digitizing the scrolls and scroll fragments will allow more people access to what is inside. These scrolls were discovered in the 1940s quite by accident. A teenage Bedooin shepherd had gone up to some caves searching for a goat that had gone missing.

  • Getting along

    Marion County Country Ham Days has been a source of community pride for decades. This year was no different as tens of thousands of people arrived en masse in downtown Lebanon for another successful festival.

    The numbers reported during last week's follow-up meeting confirm, that overall, this year's event was another success.

  • Get out and vote

    Nov. 2 is Election Day. Marion County voters will have a say in local, state and federal races. We encourage every eligible voter to go to the polls. If you don't know where you vote or to cast an absentee ballot, call the Marion County Clerk's Office at 692-2651. We've also had a few late additions. In the past few weeks, several write-in candidates have filed.

  • Making His Case for Dignity

    What were you doing when you were 11 years old?   Can you even remember back that far?

    When I was 11, I was boy crazy and insanely obsessed with New Kids on the Block. My biggest concern was what outfit I was going to wear to school or who I was going to sit by at lunch.

    I was too busy changing outfits to change the world. I was like most kids at that age - more concerned about myself than anything else. Typical, right?

    Not in the world of 11-year-old Noah Jones from Bowling Green.