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Today's Opinions

  • Efforts to save Howell House are worthwhile

    When historic property is demolished, it is a sad day for the community in which it is located — and at times, it is even shameful. Although sometimes old structures are beyond salvaging, they occasionally are simply ignored or razed instead of being saved. A flippant disregard for what came before does not speak well of one’s depth.

  • Let's preserve 'liberty and justice for all'

    Recently I participated in an annual forum for nonprofit healthcare providers. The first item of business was a “round robin” of sharing  major developments for each participant’s facility in the past year.

    Among the items shared was the effort of at least five to begin a “smoke-free facility” by the first of 2009. That seems like a very wise move for any institution striving to promote and preserve good health for all.

  • High school plans are good

    After the last Nelson County Board of Education meeting, we have a clearer idea of what the new high school will entail — and who will attend it.

    Two committees, one focusing on the design of the school and one on how to adjust the district, met many times to discuss their dreams for the new school. The committees were made up of a diverse group of parents, grandparents, educators, administrators, and even some public officials.

  • Holidays, end of year bring mixed memories

    It is hard to believe that 2008 is rapidly coming to an end. Along with the end-of-year countdown comes well-sought time with my extended family.

    I see my parents and uncle and aunt all the time, for which I am thankful, but  I do not get to see my cousins as often. And, along with seeing my immediate family, I will also be spending time with my boyfriend, Randy’s family.

    For me, Thursday is the official beginning of the holiday season and the official countdown to the New Year. The holiday season is typically known as a happy time of joy and celebration.

  • Columnist shares annual Thanksgiving psalm

    Gracious God,

    In this time of flux and uncertainty, when our nation and our neighbors are in turmoil, searching for peace and prosperity or just a chance to catch a breath, you remain constant and sovereign.

    You are King over our sorrows as well as our joys. You are Lord over all that concerns us in the daytime, all that keeps us awake at night, all that drives us to our knees. In that, we can rest and trust and renew our strength. In that, in your sovereignty, we can give you thanks.

  • Reader reflects on the sins of bad decisions

    To the editor:

    Dear Americans:

    As I sadly look down on this beautiful earth that I created for my most precious children, I see the repeat like in Noah’s time.

    As I sadly look down on my precious people, I see greed, unhappiness, stealing, lying in families, others and to yourself and to me.

  • Vehicle policy is a good idea

    It’s always good to have a clear policy when questions arise.

    A clear policy eliminates the need to interpret actions, make split decisions and to rely on the old standby of “that’s what we’ve always done in the past.”

    When Nelson Fiscal Court embarked on a process to update its ethics code for county employees, one of the questions pertained to how it would handle its take-home vehicle procedure.

  • Thanks for helping with Thrift Store construction

    To the editor:

    The New Hope Food Bank staff would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was so generous in their donations toward the construction of the new Thrift Store. Though it has been a rather lengthy process involving many delays and unforeseen obstacles, the project is in the final stages now and we have all of you to thank for helping us reach this point. You have been an integral part of this, and we are very grateful to each and every one of you.