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Today's Opinions

  • A look into my crystal ball for 2014

    By Joe Yates

    My predictions starting with January 2014 will include ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch Phil Robertson, in an episode that was recorded before his infamous GQ interview, announces that he is converting to Islam. Before anyone could say “Allah Akbar!” the folks who had signed the petition demanding that Phil not be suspended from the show lit up the switchboards at the A&E television network to say that, on second thought, never mind, we’re cool with A & E’s initial decision. Facebook immediately goes dark.

  • Years ago in Henry County

    By Hammer Smith

    In January 1814, the attorney for the County Court of Henry County filed the following information concerning a murder that occurred in the County.

    On Jan. 15, 1814, America, a slave who was the property of Little Berry Wells of Henry County, was charged with murdering Nicholas, a slave who was the property of John Evans, a resident of Henry County. America was charged with preparing and administering a poison to Nicholas, causing his death.

  • Reflection on my Christmas memories

    By Jon Parks

    Did you see the video of the airline that set up a kiosk for their boarding passengers, and asked them what they wanted for Christmas? The airline took note and then ran out to buy those gifts: everything from socks and underwear to big screen televisions. When the passengers arrived at their designation, presents with their names came out on the carousel as they were waiting for their baggage. The airline gave them what they had asked for.

    As I look back on my favorite Christmas memories, I have discovered something.

  • A gift: Be someone’s Christmas joy

    I have to admit, I’ve had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year.

    Typically I am that annoying person who starts playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving while I put up the tree and decorate the house. Usually, I’ve started Christmas shopping in October and would be pretty much done before Dec. 1. By now my coworkers and friends would be tired of the baked goods and yummy snacks I would have inundated them with on a daily basis.

    But this year is not typical for a number of reasons.

  • Shopping local is always better

    By Joe Yates

  • Getting out of the ‘Scrooge’ spirit

    By Joe Yates

    Today everything is dark gray. It is the time of year when the sun, mostly veiled by clouds, attends to us for a few short hours each day and quickly disappears. The snow and the frozen stuff came, as predicted; winter’s first pall covered the ground a bit early.

  • Fooducate yourself with a new way to purchase food

    by Lindsey Seel

  • New shift in cholesterol treatment

    Cardiovascular disease will claim the lives of more than 600,000 Americans this year.

    It has long been known that high cholesterol levels are related to higher rates of vascular disease, heart attacks and strokes. For years physicians and patients have taken a reactive approach to high cholesterol and focused on “treating the numbers” to goal. Statin medications such as simvastatin (Zocor), atorvastatin (Lipitor), pravastatin (Pravachol) and rosuvastatin (Crestor) are the most potent and popular medications prescribed to treat high cholesterol.