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Today's Opinions

  • Concrete support for cancer research

    If you thought you saw a cement truck with a big pink ribbon painted on it recently, you weren't hallucinating.

    Marion County Concrete has painted the ribbon on one of its trucks to convey a simple message: "Find a Cure."

    Jeremy Hodges, the owner and operator of Marion County Concrete, said they decided to paint the truck in memory of his mother-in-law, who died after being diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. He thought about how close his family was with his mother-in-law and with Relay for Life coming up, it seemed like a good time to do it.

  • Open for debate

    The Marion County Board of Education and Superintendent Donald Smith speak often about their desire to be "transparent."

    However, a discussion that took place last week during an executive session would seem to contradict that. That discussion, which involved a redistricting issue that could potentially affect an entire neighborhood, should have taken place in open session. But, instead, it was discussed behind closed doors.

  • Calling for help

    They say the best time to fix a leaky roof is when the sun is shining.

    Something similar could be said for building a cellular tower where there is no service.

    Bradfordsville area residents have known for a long time that cellular service has been virtually non-existent in the southeastern part of Marion County. This is an issue that affects those residents, obviously, but it also affects anyone who crosses through that part of the county, whether to visit friends and family or even if they are just passing through to get somewhere else.

  • Ride for Relay

    My name is Debbie Drury and I am an 11-year breast cancer survivor.

    With all the horrible things I had heard about this disease, I was absolutely petrified of what I had to look forward to. After a mastectomy (which made me feel so ugly), six months of chemo (which made me so sick) and six surgeries later, including another mastectomy, I was so tired and worn out I didn't know if I was gonna make it or not but I did and I'm here now.

  • Memorial Day: A day for honoring our heroes

    Daniel Webster once said, "God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."

  • Just beginning

    When I was one-and-twenty

    I heard a wise man say,

    'Give crowns and pounds and guineas

    But not your heart away;

    Give pearls away and rubies

    But keep your fancy free.'

    But I was one-and-twenty,

    No use to talk to me.

    — "When I was one-and-twenty"

    By A.E. Housman

    This Saturday, the members of the class of 2010 will celebrate their graduation from Marion County High School.

  • Some for all, and all for none

    Last week's primary election produced a lot of frustration. I know that for some it produced glee and happiness, but we're going to focus on the frustrated for now.

    I'm not referring to any of the candidates. I'm not even referring to the voters who supported the candidates who lost last week.

    I'm talking about voters who didn't have the opportunity to vote.

  • A beautiful mosaic

    "We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams." - Jimmy Carter

    Marion County, the community I have called home for almost 31 years, has truly become a beautiful mosaic. And it seems fitting that I saw a portion of that "mosaic" during a visit to "Arts and Humanities Day" at A.C. Glasscock Elementary School last week.