Times Gazette- RSS OPINION Feed http://timesgazette.com/section/OPINION http://timesgazette.com/section/OPINION Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:50:07 EST 1800 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 State could hinder Hillsboro’s progress http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150531317/State-could-hinder-Hillsboros-progress During Hillsboro City Council's meeting on November 10th, I called attention to a couple of pieces of legislation that have been presented to our state legislators. One piece, known as HB 5, has already passed the House of Representatives and it... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:05:09 EST It started with combusting trousers http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150513731/It-started-with-combusting-trousers Some of the best advice I ever received about writing came from my high school English teacher. She often admitted to the class, “English is weird.” Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:18:09 EST Cherished memories not my own http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150501766/Cherished-memories-not-my-own It's Veterans Day as I write, and I hope to honor by just sharing my memories and other's memories, too.My grandpa smelled faintly of cigarette smoke and kept a pipe and canister of tobacco by his chair of green. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:52:06 EST A lesson in tenacity from West Virginia http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150478129/A-lesson-in-tenacity-from-West-Virginia Last week's elections demonstrated once more that the political pendulum swings back and forth, back and forth. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:46:06 EST I can feel it in the air http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/150467629/I-can-feel-it-in-the-air As I was walking out of my parents' home a couple days ago after a sort of impromptu birthday party my mother arranged for my father's 76th birthday, I made a comment about sometimes wishing we could go back in time, or at least freeze... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 19:36:06 EST Invisible rabbits, small aliens, and ruby slippers http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150429959/Invisible-rabbits-small-aliens-and-ruby-slippers To start off this column, I'd like to see how many people can guess this classic movie. Here's your first hint: It came out in 1950.That's still pretty broad. Here's another hint: It stars James Stewart. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 13:17:08 EST We should never forget those who serve http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150415884/We-should-never-forget-those-who-serve I have never served in the military. In fact, if I had tried, I think the military powers that be would have kindly (or not-so-kindly) asked me to leave and return to civilian life a week or two into my basic training. Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:10:06 EST 2014 election likely a prelude to Hillary http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150392399/2014-election-likely-a-prelude-to-Hillary Republicans are celebrating pre-election polls that increasingly show the GOP winning the U.S. Senate after all is said and done on Tuesday. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 08:51:06 EST If it’s here, will they come? http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150380664/If-its-here-will-they-come As I read Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings' column in Friday's edition of The Times-Gazette, (“Let's talk about an ice skating rink”) I noticed that he was seeking public input. So, mayor, here's what I... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:00:06 EST Let’s talk about an ice skating rink http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150364462/Lets-talk-about-an-ice-skating-rink Let's talk about an ice skating rink. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:47:04 EST Who you gonna call? Not me! http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150346313/Who-you-gonna-call-Not-me One of the scariest experiences in my life happened in college – and no, it had nothing to do with a forgotten assignment. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:27:11 EST There’s surely something for everyone http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150329256/Theres-surely-something-for-everyone You know when you open your computer's browser intent on beginning actual work, but then you get sidetracked by all the interesting photos and headlines that are smattered all over the page? Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:11:09 EST Mood for change dictates Drew’s time http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150308650/Mood-for-change-dictates-Drews-time Drew Hastings' latest brainstorm is an ice skating rink in Hillsboro. Most people seem to think it's a nice idea. Kids need something positive and constructive to do around here, they say. And a number of adults are excited about a local... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:16:17 EST