Times Gazette- RSS OPINION Feed http://timesgazette.com/section/OPINION http://timesgazette.com/section/OPINION Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:54:12 EST 1800 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 Go on, get lost in a book http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152912976/Go-on-get-lost-in-a-book Through the years, I've found so many incredible stories tucked in between the covers of a book and there I've happily plunged headlong into whatever lies in those pages. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:26:31 EST Drugs: Inaction guarantees defeat http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152891596/Drugs:-Inaction-guarantees-defeat As much as it pains me to admit it, I'm not always right about everything. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:36:31 EST A dad’s tribute to his little girl http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/152864138/A-dads-tribute-to-his-little-girl There are moments in life when you clearly see the torch your generation once carried being passed to another generation. Such was the case last weekend when my family and I headed to Georgia to hang out with a bunch of people mostly from... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:51:32 EST Our View: Limes, Williams make their cases http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion/152860758/Our-View:-Limes-Williams-make-their-cases Voters in Hillsboro will decide this year who will lead the city as mayor for the next four-year term commencing in January 2016.On the Republican side, incumbent Drew Hastings is running unopposed in the GOP primary. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:36:36 EST Thinking about bones and D.C. http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152811649/Thinking-about-bones-and-D.C. Have you ever noticed how many things come in threes?We have three-ring circuses and we give three cheers after a job well done. At a picnic, we might run in a three-legged race. Baseball players are out after three strikes. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 16:41:36 EST ‘Excuse me. Is God coming?’ http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152787256/Excuse-me.-Is-God-coming You know when you come across something that knocks you in the chest for the realization of it? It could be a song or a note or a post on social media, and it's usually something pretty simple. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 16:21:36 EST On religious freedom vs. gay rights http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152763653/On-religious-freedom-vs.-gay-rights According to the constructs of political correctness, the most wonderful thing to celebrate in America today is diversity. Any town, any school, any organization, any government body that does not reflect diversity is lacking. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 13:11:32 EST Pinette: ‘Get out of the line!’ http://timesgazette.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152685681/Pinette:-Get-out-of-the-line I'm not very good at pranks – which means Wednesday's April Fool's Day was nothing more than the first of the month for me. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:21:32 EST 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