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Today's Opinions

  • A salute to the Lebanon High Class of 1970

    It was Saturday evening, Aug. 7, 2010.

    Place: Henning’s Restaurant

    Occasion: Lebanon High School Class of 1970 reunion!

    And believe you me, we came from far and near! Alabama, Denver and Maryland just to name a few.

  • Snakes in the grass, politicians on our TVs

    Last week, we had a letter to the editor asking people not to kill rattlesnakes, while elsewhere in the paper we had two photos of people holding rattlesnakes they had killed.

    The irony was not lost on the newspaper staff, as I'm sure it wasn't lost on you.

    The issue reminded me of a story from my own past, when I was an intern at the Sweetwater Reporter in Sweetwater, Texas. Sweetwater is the home of the world's largest rattlesnake round-up (or so they claim). I wasn't working there at the time of that year's round-up, but I did see a few rattlesnakes that summer.

  • Nuisances

    No one likes nuisances, and most people don't like being a nuisance to others (with the possible exception of siblings).

    Some nuisances you can deal with on your own by either going somewhere else or by making the nuisance go elsewhere. But when the nuisance is a house, what can you do?

  • Jo Jo's Smile

    Pushing her 5-year-old daughter, Claire, on the swing set in the back yard of their home on Hundley Lane, Betty Jo Higdon looks like the picture of health. Her face is glowing, her smile is vibrant and her laugh is vivacious. She doesn't look or sound like a person who has been fighting breast cancer for nine months.

  • Getting off to a 'smove' start

    Ready or not, school is back in session in Marion County.

    While many children (and adults) are still getting used to their new routines, including waking up earlier in the mornings, the overall sense seems to be that students and educators alike are energized and ready to get the school year started.

  • Karen Sypher is no Rosa Parks

    Karen Sypher is unbelievable.

    The police officers who investigated her initial accusations against University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino did not find her credible.

    The jury who listened to the evidence and the testimony during her recently concluded federal trial found her guilty of six counts - threatening communications with intent to extort (three counts), making a false statement to a government agent (two counts) and retaliation against a victim.

  • News, like food, expires

    If you're a news organization, credibility is everything.

    It's your reputation, your standing in the community, even your bread-and-butter as your advertisers will not want to do business with you if you are not a credible source of information.

    To that end, it's very important to check the facts before sending a story to print, putting it on a web site, or broadcasting it over the airwaves.

    And even then, you're bound to make a mistake. It's not just a matter of IF, it's WHEN, because it will happen. And when it does, it's also important to correct that mistake.

  • Westboro vs. the Biebster

    The Westboro Baptist Church crazies are at it again, and apparently they do not have Bieber fever.

    Recently, the whackos from Westboro protested outside a Justin Bieber concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.