Times Gazette- RSS OPINION Feed http://timesgazette.com/section/OPINION http://timesgazette.com/section/OPINION Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:19:57 EST 1800 Door to door, people will lie to you http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151490833/Door-to-door-people-will-lie-to-you This is the third in a four-part series about running for office. Today's topic: Hitting the campaign trail. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:01:32 EST The Night of the Frog http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/151471962/The-Night-of-the-Frog Reading a story this week by Karen Ruhl, one of our contributing writers, I came across the words Pine Lake. Karen had been talking about driving around Pike County and I thought she surely meant Pike Lake, where I spent several weeks during my school... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:36:32 EST A song for everyone http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151417883/A-song-for-everyone If I would say, “Sweet Caroline,” odds are the response I'd get would be: “Bomp, bomp, bomp!” Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:26:32 EST Darling, we have a visitor http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151394797/Darling-we-have-a-visitor That visitor is never invited and never welcome, but barges right on in, deposits an emotional mess, and then exits the premises leaving us adults reeling a bit. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:46:33 EST Raising money for the big campaign http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151368845/Raising-money-for-the-big-campaign This is the second in a four-part series about running for office. Today: fundraising. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:06:34 EST Just a few parting shots http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/151348323/Just-a-few-parting-shots I just can't resist. Two weeks ago I wrote in this space about how elated I was after The Ohio State University Buckeyes knocked off mightily Alabama in one of the first-ever national semifinal college football playoff games. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:01:36 EST Anger is a superpower http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151295121/Anger-is-a-superpower My grandma once told me, “Sarah, if you're ever in danger, don't get scared. Get angry.” Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:11:32 EST So you want to run for office? http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151174711/So-you-want-to-run-for-office This is the first in a four-part series about running for office. Today's topic: Making the big decision. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:29:09 EST Something more needs to be done http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151165455/Something-more-needs-to-be-done When I was first asked to write a column for this newspaper more than three years ago, and subsequently agreed, I said it would not be like most newspapers columns. I said it would be light, with little to no political commentary. But when I sat down... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 19:02:05 EST Dealing with our uninvited house guests http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151129303/Dealing-with-our-uninvited-house-guests Now that the holidays are over … 'tis the season for tissues and cough drops. Actually, for many people, Christmas was the season for all of that, too – and the Allen household was no different. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:32:06 EST Can there be too much Doctor? http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151114929/Can-there-be-too-much-Doctor Me? Scared of the shadows? Christmas trees? Stone-still statues?Well, I don't know that scared is quite the appropriate term, more like I am ever mindful of these things that I used to not pay a bit of attention to. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 18:06:04 EST Drive the walking dead out of town http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151102234/Drive-the-walking-dead-out-of-town “Survivors search for a safe haven away from the shuffling hordes of predatory walkers.” Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:01:06 EST Change is blowing in the wind http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151086630/Change-is-blowing-in-the-wind I'm not sure who I have to thank. Urban Meyer certainly comes to mind. The Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan State, Wisconsin, my wife, the rest of my family, they all combined to make New Year's Day 2015 one of the best I can... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:34:05 EST On resolutions and ‘nows’ http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151066258/On-resolutions-and-nows I don't like New Year's resolutions.And, no, it has nothing to do with whether or not I keep them (though I'm willing to admit I don't exactly have the best track record). Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:58:11 EST Eh to resolutions, but I’ll give ‘em a go http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151050094/Eh-to-resolutions-but-Ill-give-em-a-go I've not been one over the years to make New Year's resolutions. It's because I always break them and then am left with guilt and self-loathing. Who needs that? I don't, so for a few years I gave it up all together. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:57:10 EST Portman as VP makes a lot of sense http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151035491/Portman-as-VP-makes-a-lot-of-sense Rob Portman announced in early December that he will not run for president in 2016. Of course, he didn't say anything about vice president. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:45:09 EST It’s a wonderful time of year http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151021806/Its-a-wonderful-time-of-year As a young child passing through my school years, the time of year between Christmas and the coming new year was always a welcome change. School was out of session, there were new toys to play with, and other than our thrice weekly trips to church,... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:55:07 EST Why I’m thankful for buckets http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151003541/Why-Im-thankful-for-buckets Recently, I've been thinking about buckets. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:08:15 EST It’s the most magical time http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150992604/Its-the-most-magical-time Minister and author Norman Vincent Peale said, “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:25:06 EST Dear Santa, I have been good and bad http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150976438/Dear-Santa-I-have-been-good-and-bad Dear Santa,My name is Gary. I live in Hillsboro!I have been good and bad this year, so I'm only going to ask for half the things I really need. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:58:09 EST