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Sunday, September 30, 2007

At last a shelter: County's efforts to house animals has been achieved

If you asked most people what is at the top of their “to-do” list for the county, the construction of a new shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected animals might not be at the top. And it is true that...

Thursday, September 27, 2007

No commitment: Democratic candidates take no firm stand on troops

After months of promises concerning when they will bring home every last soldier, sailor, airman and Marine from Iraq, some of the Democratic frontrunners in the presidential campaign have backed off specifics. In a recent debate, none of the leaders...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Your roots: Wayne County’s fair offers glimpse at local heritage

On the surface, the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair does not seem to have a lot to teach. After all, what can your children learn from corndogs, cotton candy and Ferris wheels? But below that fun surface lurks a lesson —...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A sad ending: More violence at a university should prompt soul-searching

What makes a person who is involved in a fight with another student decide to take a gun, head for a campus hotspot and hunt down his foe? What makes him aim a gun? What makes him ignore the innocent...

Monday, September 24, 2007

Iranian hustle: When this president talks, we should not listen

There has been much talking about Columbia University’s decision to allow Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadi-nejad to speak to its students. And while the debate is interesting to listen to, the fact that so many people do not seem to get...

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Desensitized: Pop culture violence hides the consequences

For decades, parents have complained about violence on television and in music and its effect on young people. A steady diet of this sort of imagery can do nothing but warp minds, their argument has always been. And those who...

Friday, September 21, 2007

No violence: That’s the message protesters should be sending in Jena

There is a time when you can no longer keep silent about a perceived wrong — when nothing will do but circling the wagons, gathering up protest signs and being physically present to stand for what’s right. And thousands of...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Join the fun: Today’s the day to help share joy of reading with children

All across the country, children will be sitting down with their teachers, dignitaries and others to celebrate the joy of reading. The Read for the Record campaign is designed to promote the importance of introducing children at an early age...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wake up America: Citizens have got to stop ignoring and start learning

Americans seem to have a new obsession and it is not Britney’s latest parenting faux pas or who is the hottest bachelor on the new fall television lineup — although both probably factor into this new attitude. Many Americans are...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Health care costs: Rhetoric is in for health care reform, but will plans work?

It is as easy to predict as the heat that comes with summer and the rising and setting of the sun. When it comes time to talk politics and nominations for president, certain issues just seem to be on everyone’s...

Monday, September 17, 2007

O.J.Take 2: Simpson should get jail time simply for arrogance

If you took the time to comment on every stupid thing that was done or said in Hollywood, it would take a constant 24-hour blog on the Internet. There just simply isn’t room here. So, comments on disgraced football legend...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

While they’re away: Take time to show families of deployed airmen you care

It is not about whether you are for or against the troop surge in Iraq. It is not even about if you think the war is won or lost. And, most assuredly, it is not about whether you are a...

Friday, September 14, 2007

Time to care? Often, it only takes a moment to change someone’s life

There are not many of us who have extra time lying around wasting away. In fact, life is usually a wild scramble to fit a “to-do” list in one 24-hour period. We don’t think we have time for anything else....

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Attire wars: Some people just don’t get it. It’s not about freedom.

The fuss over what children will wear to school has been going on for ages. Some parents want all of them to be dressed alike, while others want children of all ages to be able to express themselves through their...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Move on, now: Organization’s ad, Democrats reaction unacceptable

Disagree if you want. This is America. So, the fact that MoveOn.org and some prominent Democrats expressed doubts over the testimony by Gen. David Petraeus on his analysis of the situation in Iraq is not, in itself, a faux pas....

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Remember 9/11: There will be time for more politics, debate tomorrow

It was tempting today to write about Gen. David Petraeus and his report before Congress Monday on the state of the war in Iraq — and some of the disrespect that greeted him there. But as necessary as that commentary...

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Combating jihad: We persevere because we remember

Everybody is waiting to hear what Army Gen. David Petraeus is going to say Monday when he delivers his report to Congress on the success, failure and future for the war in Iraq. His report is supposed to devote special...

Friday, September 7, 2007

A future long lost: 19-year-old’s death not just another crime story

Last week, a 19-year-old’s life ended in the home of a Dudley resident after an alleged home invasion. The young man, who was not even legally an adult, was among a group of armed assailants who decided to break into...

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Candidate clutter: It’s getting harder to figure out who stands for what

As if there weren’t already enough people logged in to do battle for the Republican and Democratic nominations for president of the United States, this week, another late entry declared his intent to run. Now, you can add Republican hopeful...

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Hoop de Whoopi: It is hard to believe that ‘The View’ could hire worse

If you are still on the fence about whether you should listen to the opinions of celebrities before making decisions about the future of your nation, here’s another tidbit of wisdom from Hollywood. It seems “The View’s” newest mouthpiece of...

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

It takes a neighborhood: Little Washington a reminder of what towns have lost

There is a lot to be learned from the story of the neighborhood of Little Washington. First off, its story proves that kindness endures. Even after years away and urban renewal that changed the landscape of the neighborhood, families gathered...

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Advice revisited: We'll work on the schools; success is up to you

EDITOR’S NOTE: We have received some requests for this article to be reprinted now that school is back in session. It first appeared earlier this year. It is written for the students who are now headed back to classes and...