Times Gazette- RSS OPINION Feed http://timesgazette.com/section/OPINION http://timesgazette.com/section/OPINION Fri, 22 May 2015 04:49:02 EST 1800 The ‘onces’ and the ‘Great Perhaps’ http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153609723/The-onces-and-the-Great-Perhaps Around this time six years ago I was donning a cap and gown for my high school graduation. Wed, 20 May 2015 13:41:32 EST Ambition with strings attached http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153580932/Ambition-with-strings-attached I've never played a musical instrument, well, unless that flutophone I had to play in elementary school counts for anything (and I think I could still manage a decent “Mary Had a Little Lamb” if it came to it). Tue, 19 May 2015 11:46:31 EST Fix the old, or build the new? http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153563808/Fix-the-old-or-build-the-new The final report of the Hillsboro Uptown Plaza Committee, reported last week in The Times-Gazette, contained a number of recommendations about the proposed addition to the city's uptown business district. But the most pertinent comment in the... Mon, 18 May 2015 16:01:31 EST He just wants to say thank you http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/153530369/He-just-wants-to-say-thank-you When former Hillsboro coach Chuck Coleman walked into my office a couple weeks ago, accompanied by his sixth-grade granddaughter Krista, it was not hard to tell something was wrong. He had lost weight – 55 pounds, he says – was moving... Fri, 15 May 2015 17:16:38 EST A coupon and a spot in line http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153471100/A-coupon-and-a-spot-in-line “But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.” Wed, 13 May 2015 17:01:32 EST Oh yes, we were expecting you http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153418612/Oh-yes-we-were-expecting-you “The happiest days are when babies come.” – Melanie Hamilton Wilkes, Gone with the Wind. Mon, 11 May 2015 15:26:35 EST They do it because they care http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153387738/They-do-it-because-they-care All too often, I believe, we take our emergency responders for granted. When they're needed we expect them to show up at a moment's notice, complete the task required, and then go back to wherever they came from and wait until... Fri, 8 May 2015 15:21:33 EST Hats off to honey pots and Whos http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153337981/Hats-off-to-honey-pots-and-Whos Reading was an important part of my childhood. I can't count how many summer afternoons were spent cuddled up in my parents' bed, listening as my mom read some favorite story. Wed, 6 May 2015 12:51:33 EST Is it getting hot in here? http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153311683/Is-it-getting-hot-in-here On Saturday I was fortunate enough to be able to observe firefighter training with Paint Creek, Lynchburg and Marshall personnel that included me being in full gear and in the structure while a fire burned. Tue, 5 May 2015 17:06:31 EST Y, Y, Y? Why save the Y? http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153290346/Y-Y-Y-Why-save-the-Y Back when the Highland County Family YMCA was first conceived and finally built in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the city of Hillsboro went all in, donating the land, along with $580,000. In return, the city held a reversionary interest, meaning... Mon, 4 May 2015 17:56:31 EST New facility helps track memories http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153259214/New-facility-helps-track-memories When I walked onto the Hillsboro City Schools' new track for the first time a couple weeks ago it was a strange sensation. It is a grand facility, and I wondered what it would have been like to have such a beautiful place to practice back in the... Fri, 1 May 2015 17:46:33 EST Welcome back to the ‘90s http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/153207848/Welcome-back-to-the-90s This past weekend something happened that has turned my life upside down. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:01:32 EST The difference of just one http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153176595/The-difference-of-just-one I recently watched a video about a man who devotes most of the hours of his day to seeing to the needs of the homeless in Minneapolis. For years, he has slept scant hours because he sees a need that needs met, so he works to meet that... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:46:36 EST Legal notices, and a new ‘vote center’ http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153155026/Legal-notices-and-a-new-vote-center On a regular basis, The Times-Gazette is the target, in print, of attacks, put-downs, insinuations and allegations by another local publication. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:11:32 EST A slow day ends in a big story http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/153126015/A-slow-day-ends-in-a-big-story It was a slow day at work – New Year's Eve in 1997 I believe – and I didn't really have any stories lined up that day. So, I asked my boss at the time if it would be OK if I dropped in on Hillsboro Municipal Court, where a... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:51:31 EST Our very numerical world http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153070649/Our-very-numerical-world Not long ago, my dad said to me, “Math doesn't lie.” Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:01:31 EST Fact, fiction, or just some fun? http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153045710/Fact-fiction-or-just-some-fun Tuesday's Google Doodle is a Loch Ness Monster submarine and the text, “Looking for Nessie for 81 years.”I jumped on that. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:56:31 EST I swear, our language is terrible http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153022502/I-swear-our-language-is-terrible “Suits,” a TV show on the USA network, is one of the shows Lora and I record to watch on weekends. Since we don't have much time to watch television during the week, we store up shows on the DVR and watch as time allows on... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:26:32 EST After Prom: It’s all about the kids http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152993526/After-Prom:-Its-all-about-the-kids The seeds were planted many years ago following a fatal accident after the Hillsboro High School prom. Not long thereafter a group of local people started holding a second dance immediately after the formal prom so kids would have a safe place to... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:21:37 EST ‘Well, maybe I’ll take it!’ http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152937523/Well-maybe-Ill-take-it Rebellion, it seems, is a big part of our culture. After all, we wouldn't even have our country without the American Revolution. It's little wonder then that most of us are bred to be bold. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:11:31 EST