Times Gazette- RSS OPINION Feed http://timesgazette.com/section/OPINION http://timesgazette.com/section/OPINION Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:40:25 EST 1800 Things don’t change that much http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150954986/Things-dont-change-that-much Assuming you know Christmas is just a few days away, I have a couple questions for you. Do you do your shopping early, or do you like to wait until nearly the last second? And do you have an artificial or a real Christmas tree? Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:50:05 EST The untold story of traditions http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150918831/The-untold-story-of-traditions About this time last year I shared a few of my family's Christmas traditions. We have some that are a bit unique, like going out for Chinese on Christmas Eve, or having a special “Daddy, Daughter, Son Day” to shop for Mom's... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:45:13 EST ‘God bless us, every one’ http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150906208/God-bless-us-every-one It's hard to believe that Christmas is just a smidgen over one week away.I feel like I'm still getting over the turkey coma of Thanksgiving. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:25:12 EST We are what we do, so get involved http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150884073/We-are-what-we-do-so-get-involved If you spend too much time lingering on certain Facebook pages or websites that are dominated by anger, griping and gossip, even the Christmas spirit will not lift you from a perpetual state of depression. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:58:09 EST The common courtesies of driving http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/150871372/The-common-courtesies-of-driving The time of year has arrived when people are generally a little more friendly and tolerant than normal. They are more apt to hold a door open, wish you happy holidays as they pass by, or give you a friendly pat on the back. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:38:04 EST Tobacco has been in case lately http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/150856808/Tobacco-has-been-in-case-lately Back in my childhood this time of year would be a very busy time.This was the time we would take our tobacco crop to market. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:42:07 EST On learning to love the wait http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150839404/On-learning-to-love-the-wait To start off this column, I'd like to share a scene from one of my favorite sitcoms, ABC's “The Middle.” In one episode, the Heck family is planning their trip to Disney World, which they won thanks to their daughter,... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:45:08 EST So long and farewell, old friend http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150826788/So-long-and-farewell-old-friend I had a good cry over an unexpected thing just before Thanksgiving.To most who know me, the crying thing is no shocker.If I feel like crying, I do. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:21:03 EST Vampires, mayors, plazas and passings http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150797399/Vampires-mayors-plazas-and-passings This and that today…Psychotic vampires Mon, 8 Dec 2014 07:50:09 EST A picture says a thousand words? http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/150788028/A-picture-says-a-thousand-words Forty-one years ago I posed outside a small block building at Shaffer Park in Hillsboro, along with several other 11- and 12-year-olds, plus three coaches, to have our photograph taken as members of the 1973 Robertshaw Controls “A” League... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 18:13:07 EST I guess that means no harpoons http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/150751469/I-guess-that-means-no-harpoons Being a teacher's kid, I spent a lot of time on the computer after school, looking up this or that while my mom graded papers or made lesson plans. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 19:08:04 EST Concerned citizens hold a meeting http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150717232/Concerned-citizens-hold-a-meeting The ghoulish apparition banged the gavel and tried to quiet the rowdy crowd. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 12:47:05 EST Don Grate: An athlete unequaled http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/150708168/Don-Grate:-An-athlete-unequaled About three years ago I had the privilege of spending some time on the telephone with Don Grate, a Greenfield native who played both professional basketball and baseball, and to this day holds the world record for the longest baseball throw, according... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:37:09 EST Why I’m thankful for failures http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150665464/Why-Im-thankful-for-failures I am thankful for failing.Yes, I know that sounds rather odd. Thankful for failing? That has to be a typo. Perhaps it should be sailing, or railing, or anything else. After all, nobody likes failing. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:21:10 EST The mayor and the captain move on http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150643897/The-mayor-and-the-captain-move-on It was impossible to tell from last Thursday's front page picture whether Drew Hastings, Ron Priest and Todd Whited were singing “Kumbaya” or not, but the fact that Hastings was shown swearing in Priest as the new captain of the... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:00:10 EST What the heck is a thunder mug? http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/150630905/What-the-heck-is-a-thunder-mug Going through the mail this week I came across one of those old-fashioned letters that are rare these days – a handwritten one neatly tucked inside an envelope. It was from my old buddy Mel Kruse. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:06:06 EST A long way from the Big Bad Wolf http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150597169/A-long-way-from-the-Big-Bad-Wolf Growing up, I was that kid who approached a school project the way other kids would a swimming pool: I couldn't wait to dive in and have fun. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:15:11 EST A light in a dark place http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150585875/A-light-in-a-dark-place I am sure we have all felt lost at some point in our lives.Taking a wrong turn at any place, whether figuratively or literally, can lead to a sense of panic and leave us gripped with fear.It is not a good way to feel. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:04:16 EST What’s wrong with starting Christmas? http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150564227/Whats-wrong-with-starting-Christmas I love Christmas. It can't come too soon each year for me. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:29:08 EST It’s funny what you remember http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/150549487/Its-funny-what-you-remember My parents, well, actually it's mostly been my father, have often told me that I should write in this space sometime about the family vacations my siblings and I took them when we were young. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:16:04 EST