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Today's Opinions

  • What? Me worry?

    It took over 40 years but somehow I have managed to stop being a compulsive worrier.

    I wasn’t born with the affliction nor did I learn it from my mother, who was in a constant state of frenzy, tackling not only her worries but those of everyone she knew–and oftentimes those of people she had only heard of.

    I’m not sure when I started worrying, but I think it probably coincided with being a mother for the first time.

    And from that point on, it snowballed into a self-contained epidemic in my own head.

  • Social Security statement helps Americans save

    More than 100 national groups and hundreds of local organizations recently participated in America Saves Week. Social Security was proud to be one of them.

  • Letters to the Editor

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  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    I have been around horses for most of my 62 years. I have been an equine professional since the mid 80s, my wife even longer.

    According to Pony Club of America studies 84 percent of horse falls result in concussion. When a safety helmet is worn with the proper ASTM specifications that probability drops to 18 percent. Knowing this fact, plus the recent death of Liam Neeson’s wife, who in their right mind would not demand that their children wear a proper helmet?

  • Ancient tale features beauty queen with smarts

    The Book of Esther tells the tale of how an orphan girl rises to power and saves her people from genocide. One of only three biblical books named for women - Ruth and Susanna being the other two - the Book of Esther has all the ingredients of a fairy tale: a beautiful heroine, a powerful king, an evil villain, intrigue, secrets, suspense, comeuppance, and a happy ending. The book touches on themes of gender roles, respect for and defiance of authority, fidelity to one’s own heritage, and selflessness.

  • Explore women authors for Women’s History Month

    The following American authors and works should bring hours of intellectual engagement to anyone interested in how women portray life and living in times past as people across the nation celebrate Women’s History Month.

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    It is just awful with what the executives of AIG are getting away with! They are squandering some 160 - 200 million of our tax dollars to give bonuses! Well I am not going to condemn or excuse the executives of AIG. What they are doing appears shameful but I only have the information provided by the news media.

  • Ask a lawyer

    R.T. of Chiefland asks, “I don’t have a will, but my children keep telling me I need to get one. I don’t have all that much, just some land, a mobile home, my truck, some guns and a few other things. Do I need a will? And what’s the difference between a will and a living will?”

    Dear R.T.;