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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor, Nov. 26

    School, students, law enforcement went above and beyond

    As a parent of a student at Marion County High School, I want to commend the administration of the school and the school system, state and local law enforcement for the way in which they handled the recent tragic situation that was encountered by the school, the students and the community at large.

  • Pulling together in tough times

    Italics: The following column is a reprint of Marion County High School Principal Taylora Schlosser's comments during the Veterans Day ceremony held at the high school Nov. 14.   Thank you. It is an honor to be asked to close our Veteran's Day ceremony.

  • I see elephants wearing donkey suits

    Barack Obama made history in a number of ways Nov. 4. He is now the first African-American President-elect ever.

    He won the most decisive electoral victory since Ronald Reagan thrashed Michael Dukakis in 1984.

    And he's the first Democratic Presidential candidate to receive more than 50 percent of the popular vote since Jimmy Carter.

  • A Healthy Change

    Pizza parties, candy and soft drinks - that's what teachers have routinely given their students as rewards for exceptional performance and behavior. It's been that way for years.

  • Perfectly reasonable

    Marion County High School, indeed, all of Marion County was affected by the death of student Cody Greenwell Friday. Our hearts go out to Greenwell's friends and family as they cope with their loss.

    Unfortunately, Greenwell's death was intertwined with rumors that someone was thinking of harming students and staff at the high school. Those rumors were going around the high school Friday even both before news of Greenwell's death was known and over the weekend via text messages and the World Wide Web.

  • Letter to the Editor - Relay for Life to kick off

    Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. there will be a kick off meeting for the Marion County Relay for Life of 2009 at the Farm Bureau meeting room on Metts Drive.  The 2009 Relay will be held on June 5.

    The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is a way to fight back against that terrible scourge, cancer.  It is also a way to celebrate those who have survived this terrible disease and to remember those who have lost this battle.

  • Suicide is a harsh, but preventable, reality

    Suicide.

    People don't like to talk about it. People don't like to think about it. In fact, the word is taboo in many homes. But, it's something I had to face when I was only 10 years old. One of my very best friends at the time tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of pills. Thankfully, she wasn't successful.

    I can still remember walking into the hospital to visit her soon after it happened. My mind was racing as my twin sister, mom and I made our way to her hospital room.

  • Letters to the Editor, Nov. 5

    Remembering our heroes at Christmas

    A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Lebanon National Cemetery at noon on Saturday, Dec. 13, to honor Lebanon's veterans. The public is invited to participate in what has become an annual tradition throughout the country.

    The Wreaths Across America story began over 15 years ago with a tradition of placing wreaths on the graves of our nation's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. It has since branched out to include 286 locations, including the Lebanon National Cemetery.