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Today's Opinions

  • U.S. Senate urged to get the job done

    With the holidays right around the corner, struggling families and American workers face uncertain budgets in the New Year because the payroll tax holiday and unemployment insurance benefits are set to expire at the end of this month.

    As President Obama said and Speaker John Boehner has echoed, Congress should not adjourn for the holidays until it finishes the pending work on these items.  

  • Reflections on 2011 in commonwealth

    As we approach the final days of the year and literally wrap up a hectic month of shopping, it’s good to take a moment to reflect on what the past dozen months have brought.

    While the times have been tough for far too long now, there have been some encouraging signs that the Commonwealth is getting back on its feet.

  • Reflections on 2011 in commonwealth

    As we approach the final days of the year and literally wrap up a hectic month of shopping, it’s good to take a moment to reflect on what the past dozen months have brought.

    While the times have been tough for far too long now, there have been some encouraging signs that the Commonwealth is getting back on its feet.

  • On your mark, get set, go Relay!

    Are you ready for fun, friendly competition, fresh new ideas and most importantly, ready to help fight back against cancer?

    Then… On your mark, get set, go!

    We are about to kick off our annual event in Henry County and anxiously waiting to share in the excitement with all of you!

    Our annual kick off celebration is slated for 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at the Henry County 4-H building.

  • On your mark, get set, go Relay!

    Are you ready for fun, friendly competition, fresh new ideas and most importantly, ready to help fight back against cancer?

    Then… On your mark, get set, go!

    We are about to kick off our annual event in Henry County and anxiously waiting to share in the excitement with all of you!

    Our annual kick off celebration is slated for 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at the Henry County 4-H building.

  • Tips for spending wisely during the holidays

    With the holiday season upon us, it’s important to remember to reduce holiday stress and the post holiday bills by developing a budget for gift giving, food and entertainment expenses. 

  • Find ways to meet youth physical activity guidelines

    Children’s activity levels have dropped in recent decades through a number of factors, among them, cultural shifts in the way parents and supervisors address issues of child safety and supervision, differences in built and outdoor environments, to an increase in screen time. The days of neighborhood kids safely playing kick-the-can in bucolic suburbs have given way to supervised meetings and organized activity, increased school hours with less physical activity built into the day and greater use of electronic media.

  • Celebrating the 'gift of all time'

    “‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”

    Clement Clarke Moore’s poem never ceases to move me.  It awakens memories of Christmases past and hopes for Christmas present.

    Christmas Eve in my childhood home was a grand time. Our decorated Christmas tree would have beneath it a scattering of wrapped presents, but my sister and I knew that come Christmas morning, those few presents would be dwarfed by the many that would be left by Santa Claus.