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Today's Opinions

  • Seinfeld, monks offer life lessons

    I've watched a lot of Seinfeld episodes in my day, and I've had a chance to meet and cover some pretty interesting people through my work.

    I bring this up because many people I know and care about are going through some big changes.

    Some are going through big changes in their relationships. Others are preparing to welcome a new life into their lives, and still others will be waiting longer than they anticipated to do so.

  • Horse neglect isn't new

    Animal neglect and abuse have always been with us. Studies have shown that neglect gets worse when unemployment increases, but that it did not worsen following the closing of the Texas and Illinois slaughter houses.

    Moreover, slaughter auctions continue, unabated. Horses are simply hauled to Canada and Mexico. Over 134,000 American horses were slaughtered in 2008, the second highest number since 1995!

    Euthanasia is a humane solution for older horses, when their owners wish to rid themselves of a mouth to feed. The cost is minimal.

  • The Caring Closet needs your help

    The Caring Closet, located at 221 West Main Street in downtown Lebanon, needs you!

    The Caring Closet is a thrift store and outreach center that assists women and children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. Our store is open to the public with all proceeds going to help these individuals.

  • Zest for life

    Imagine the following scenario:

    You go into the doctor's office for a routine exam. You have a list of errands to run and many other important obligations to tend to, but you decided to take time out from your busy schedule to go ahead and get the exam over with. Sure, the results in the past have always been normal, and you're confident that there is nothing to worry about, but it's better to be safe than sorry, right?

  • Flags a sign of honor

    Driving around town during Memorial Day weekend you could count on one hand the number of flags displayed. It is so sad that so few bothered to recognize and honor our veterans. What has happened to patriotism?   L.C. Higdon

    Lebanon 

  • Twenty-five years of Relay for Life

    This year, Relay for Life is celebrating its 25th anniversary nationwide! As many of you know, Relay for Life is one of the most unifying events that the American Cancer Society has to offer. Communities gather each year to join efforts and raise funds to support the American Cancer Society's mission of fighting cancer through research, education, advocacy and patient services.

    It is for many reasons that hundreds of volunteers participate in Relay for Life each year. For some, they walk proud of the fact that they, themselves, have conquered cancer!

  • Local Memorial Day events honor freedom's defenders

    Memorial Day gatherings in Marion County have kept alive a tradition that began in 1868 when the holiday - originally known as "Decoration Day" - was first observed. We came together as communities, towns and families to place flowers and flags on the graves of those who gave their last full measure of devotion to our country. But we know our words and actions cannot match the power of the sacrifices made by so many. We honor them. We praise them.

  • A message to the Class of 2009

    "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."   "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause/who at best knows in the end the tr