Today's Opinions

  • Warrior Dashed Out? I hope not

    I'm going to open by saying what you are about to read is not the column I wanted to write.

    I wanted to write about how the Warrior Dash was a wonderful experience, about how it showcased our community and about how much I'm looking forward to participating again next year.

    Only I can't.

    Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the Warrior Dash, and if it does return, I fully intend to do it again. Even if it doesn't return, I'll probably travel to run another one.

  • I am nostalgic

    By Nick Schrager

    I grew up a gamer. I am a gamer.

    The first gaming console my family had was back in the 80's when I was a wee one, the Sega Master System. In fact, I still have it somewhere, minus the electronic pistol it came with, I disassembled that when I was around seven during my phase of taking things apart to find out what made them work.

  • Town moving backwards in civil liberties

    By Nick Schrager

    Summer intern

    Oh, fudge!

    Potty mouths in Massachusetts may have to start watching their wallets.

    A Massachusetts town has recently made it easier for police to cite citizens for using profanity in public, according to an article by the Associated Press (AP).

    In fact, the penalty is a $20 fine.

    That is one expensive swear jar.

  • We shall call him 'Sparkie'

    Sometimes we choose our pets. Sometimes they choose us.

    Well, I think I've been chosen.

    Last week, a furry, four-legged friend showed up on my back porch. My cat, Biscuit, noticed him first. She began to meow very loudly, which she never does, as she sat on guard at the back door. I soon realized what she was meowing at as I peered out the door to find this adorable dog smiling back at me.

  • Stacheville: Population, 11

    A funny thing happens when you walk around a city with 11 guys sporting (terrible-looking) mustaches and matching t-shirts.

    A lot of people notice.

    I've done field research, so I speak with authority.

    Last weekend, I traveled south to Nashville with 10 other guys to make sure one of my best friends received a proper bachelor party.

    I think we were successful.

  • It’s great to be aboard

    By Nick Schrager

    Summer intern

  • Letter: Where to get answers about hemp

    What is it? Where is it? How do we get it?
    At the Marion County Agriculture Center June 16, at 2 p.m., this is open to the public.
    Is it true that Daniel Boone was wearing hemp underwear under his buckskin clothes?
    Is it true that the first Model A Ford had 40 percent hemp on it body frame? And it ran on industrial hemp gas?
    Is it true that you can make over 100 items from hemp?
    Is it really true that we are importing industrial hemp from 33 countries?

  • Letter: FFA promotes our country’s No. 1 industry

    The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.