• Celebrate the worldly achievements of women

    In the wake of International Women’s day, March 8, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge some of the lengths women have come and strides that have been made to bring about equal rights for the sexes in the United States. IWD is celebrated throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements.

  • Let's work together to make our Earth better

    Personally I am no fan of winter weather.

    When asked about the weather this time of year at this place on Earth, I have often observed simply, “Spring is comingee!” No complaining, just stating a fact.

    These days I am at least mentally adding, “eebut may we not have major storms then!”

    I’m no climatologist or weather scientist, but it does seem to me that the patterns of our weather are changing. Sometimes it is hurtful.

  • Pickup deserves praise on National Agriculture Day

    March 20 is the first day of spring, and also National Agriculture Day.

    And that means it’s an appropriate time to salute our local farmers.

    I could write volumes about tobacco quotas, and foreign imports, and the need to buy American, and how our farmers are struggling to keep the rest of us fat and prosperous.

    But I’m not going to do that.

    I’ve decided it’s time another icon of American self-reliance and rural independence received some appreciation. And I don’t think farmers will mind at all.

  • Sentiments of great songs never go out of style

    It was at the age of 15 when I was first truly struck by the words of a Hank Williams song. As a kid, I had become a bit familiar with some of his more popular songs; who couldn’t have been? But his wasn’t my genre or time and place, so while the songs may have captured some attention, they didn’t initially burn into my imagination.B.J. Thomas changed all of that, with his 1965 version of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” He recorded the song some 12 years after the country music legend’s death, in the era of Beatlemania.

  • Bad behavior seems to be the rule today

    In a recent issue of Sports Illustrated, there was a disturbing article about the bad behavior of college basketball fans. Bad is not an exaggeration. The examples cited included death threats, obscenities and throwing stuff at the family of a player on a visiting team.Well, I know exactly what the problem is. It is a lack of leadership. Rude and thuggish behavior should never be tolerated anywhere, and least of all on a university campus.

  • Spitzer should have faced spotlight alone

    “What was he thinking?” is the question everyone’s asking, but I believe we can confidently imagine what was on New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s mind as he allegedly booked “dates” with $1,000-an-hour prostitutes: I’m entitled. I’m above the law. I’m so smart that I’ll never be caught. Nobody gets hurt if nobody ever finds out.But what was she thinking?Why did Silda Wall Spitzer literally stand by her man, not once but twice?

  • It's not too late to register, have your voice heard

    Do you want to put in your two-cents worth concerning the upcoming election?If you’re registered, then be sure to do your homework on the candidates running for president, U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator and then get out there and vote. Don’t let anything stop you — including your own apathy about how this year’s election race is taking shape.If you’re not registered, you have 36 days left to do so for the May primary. April 21 is the deadline if you want to vote in this year’s presidential election primary.

  • At times, the human spirit longs to just be free

    The spirit of adventure that lives within each of us has always been like a wild spark. At times, that spark is spraying infectious embers upon those who are adventuring around you, and at others, it is but a dim yet persistent ember that lives deep within oneself. I think I have always been a bit of an adventurer. When I am put into situations in which I must test my own strength or daring, something crops up in me that makes me want to succeed as if my freedom depends on it.The first time I was aware of this spirit was when I was maybe 9 years old.

  • Lack of speech, cooperation teach valuable lessons

    Just three months into 2008, I’ve experienced some feelings unlike any I had throughout the other 32 years I’ve been around. Although I wouldn’t describe them as pleasant, they were certainly enlightening.The first — trying to communicate without verbal language — has happened twice. It was frustrating, but also revealed something of the inherent spark that makes us human.In January, I went to France with a couple of friends.

  • Ball of fur makes big impact on family, home

    I’m baaackee.I know, I know, you’re thinking it’s about time. So many of you have craved my words of infinite wisdom and my award-winning journalism qualities, that I have taken time out of my hectic and demanding schedule of community news to give you what you have been missing — ME!