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Today's Opinions

  • Date violence prevalent among teens

    When asked about problems facing young people today, you might think about drug use, teen pregnancy, depression, or cyber bullying. These are all important issues, but did you know that dating violence is one of the most prevalent issues affecting “tweens” and teens between ages 11 and 19? One study shows 1.5 million high school students have experienced some type of physical abuse by a dating partner in the past year.

  • An Opportunity to Create Jobs: Will the President Act?

    At a time when more than 13 million Americans are unemployed, we should be doing everything it can to create a stable atmosphere for our economy and encourage job creation. 

  • Thank you

    Year after year, we are reminded of how blessed we are to be a part of Henry County!  So many people have stepped up to find a way to help their neighbor. To the pastors, church groups, Henry County Public Schools teachers, staff and students, work groups, clubs, families and individuals: Thank you! 

    We thank you for the food and supplies that you have brought in and continue to bring in for our community pantry, the food and helping hands that provide the backpack ministry, and the monetary donations that support these programs and others.

  • Planning for growth is the right thing to do

    The availability of a public library is essential to any civilized society.  The quality and use of that library is very telling about the nature of the people in that society.  Henry County has much to be proud of in this regard.  Not only do we have a library that provides a multitude of services; but our residents are in ever increasing numbers taking advantage of those services.

  • Thank you for help with Living Nativity

    The Bethlehem Living Nativity Committee would like to thank everyone who had a part in making this year’s portrayal of the birth of Jesus Christ another success. It takes many wonderful people to help each year and I can tell you from experience all receive a true blessing from it.

    As one commented; if you don’t believe in the real meaning of Christmas, just come to Bethlehem and watch the many people that come each year to see, to listen to the music, and remember this blessed event.

    May God bless each of you.

  • Relishing the pleasure of snow

    I am one happy camper this week; we have snow! I am one of those people who love the snow. Do I sound like an overgrown kid? That’s probably because I revert to being a child again when it snows.    

    The rest of the adult world may see snow as being problematic, but I see it through a child’s eyes, and I light up brighter than a Christmas tree when I see the white fluffy stuff falling from the sky.

    Nature’s white blanket has always delighted me. As a child, snow meant we might have a day off from school.

  • The Bible: Breath of life or smothering weight?

    After all these years, the Bible remains a best-selling book.  For many, it is a source of life and inspiration.  For some, it is a window through which the revelation of God shines. For others, it can be a smothering weight.

    I can’t remember a time when I did not read the Bible.  I still have my first Bible, which I received as a Christmas present when I was 5 years old. My name is written on the presentation page, in pencil, in my father’s handwriting.  It is the only example I have of his handwriting.  I cherish that Bible.  

  • Understanding 'Couponese' – the language of couponing

    If you’ve ever overheard couponers conversing about their deals, it’s likely to have gone something like this:
    “So, I went to WM, Pm’d BL’s ad on the games, used two IP’s on them, used two IP’s on the razors which was a MM, used an IP on the wipes and the butter, used Cats from Wags and Kroger on the tweezers and floss, more MM’s and got it all for $2.85.”