Times Gazette- RSS OPINION Feed http://timesgazette.com/section/OPINION http://timesgazette.com/section/OPINION Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:52:29 EST 1800 Local people helping local people http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152633746/Local-people-helping-local-people The annual radio-telethon for the Highland County Society for Children and Adults raised more than $100,000 last Wednesday. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:06:31 EST What happens to the YMCA? http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/152610022/What-happens-to-the-YMCA When it was announced in 1998 that fundraising was beginning on a YMCA in Hillsboro I, like many others, was excited. I was a regular runner back then and running anywhere indoors during the more brutal winter months sounded... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:11:31 EST Why I support Pam Limes for mayor http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152557451/Why-I-support-Pam-Limes-for-mayor My dear friends and neighbors, I want to talk to you about the importance of the Hillsboro 2015 mayor elections. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:36:31 EST Being the suns of our solar systems http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152553640/Being-the-suns-of-our-solar-systems I don't have a lot of pet peeves, but I do have some. And the older I get, the more it seems like those peeves have to do with the younger generation. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:31:31 EST Passings, transitions, politics and sports http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152508224/Passings-transitions-politics-and-sports A few things today…Mr. BaseballBill Pfister died last week at the age of 79.Bill was to Lynchburg sports, especially baseball, what Dick Shaffer was to Hillsboro. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:01:30 EST He gave a lot to so many http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/152482039/He-gave-a-lot-to-so-many A few weeks ago I started writing a column that was originally intended to highlight the Highland County Elementary Basketball League and the people who have made it such a success for so many years. But instead it turned into something... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:16:32 EST How do you spell ‘frolic?’ http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152426478/How-do-you-spell-frolic To start off this column I'd like to share a story about my brother. Before I begin, there are three things you should know:1. Seth, on a normal day, is a pretty good speller. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:11:33 EST Happy (almost) birthday, SNL http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152402937/Happy-(almost)-birthday-SNL I was but a toddler when in 1975 Saturday Night Live broadcast its first live show — a show that has stood the test of time, despite some hardships along the way. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:51:32 EST The popular guilt-by-insinuation game http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152381600/The-popular-guilt-by-insinuation-game After more than three years as mayor, Drew Hastings has a record that has never been boring and is fair game for criticism from his opponents. Fortunately for our democratic process, those who want to kick the mayor out of office will have a choice on... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:36:32 EST A teacher who went the extra mile http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152354312/A-teacher-who-went-the-extra-mile It has been a while, but a few times in the past I've used this space to explain how a coach, a teacher, or others have helped me along life's journey. The majority of them were coaches, probably because they had influence over something I... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 11:11:32 EST What does it mean to be a woman? http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152301223/What-does-it-mean-to-be-a-woman This past Sunday marked International Women's Day which got me thinking, what does it mean to be a woman? Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:21:31 EST A much needed light in the dark http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152275238/A-much-needed-light-in-the-dark As a working mother, wife, caregiver, problem-fixer, thing-finder, mess-cleaner-upper, etc., stress is not hard to come across. But some days, some weeks, it is inordinately present – plethoric, overwhelming, and unmerciful. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:16:34 EST What really happened to Karson http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152256428/What-really-happened-to-Karson As everyone knows, Karson, the K9 police dog from the Wilmington Police Department, recently went missing for two months. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 15:21:32 EST Back off, Old Man Winter http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/152224651/Back-off-Old-Man-Winter Is anybody out there tired of winter?You are? I thought that could be the case.Me too. I have been for a long time. Like since I was in my mid 20s. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 16:41:32 EST Time for some wishful thinking http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/152173610/Time-for-some-wishful-thinking I like the way my mom thinks. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:21:33 EST Let’s lower the voting age to 12 http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152126096/Lets-lower-the-voting-age-to-12 I remember in 1971 (I was 15) when states ratified the 26th Amendment, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. That seemed reasonable at the time, but it turns out we should have lowered it even further. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:26:34 EST She was as sweet as she could be http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152100247/She-was-as-sweet-as-she-could-be It was one of those vacations that seemed jinxed almost before it started. We were headed to Minnesota to visit a high school friend and like my wife and I often did back then, we departed home in the evening, planning to drive all night and straight... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:21:32 EST Can you have more than one hometown? http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152047774/Can-you-have-more-than-one-hometown Hometowns are a funny thing for me, mostly because I have a hard time naming just one. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:36:32 EST Cookies, snow, and more cookies http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152032533/Cookies-snow-and-more-cookies Saturday, as those big, fat beautiful flakes of snow were falling all the livelong day, my daughter and I were sorting Girl Scout cookies. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:46:31 EST Small pool will decide mayoral primary http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152000476/Small-pool-will-decide-mayoral-primary Ever since Pam Limes announced her intention to run for mayor last summer, people started speculating on a race between Pam and incumbent Drew Hastings. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:21:31 EST