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Today's Opinions

  • WHAT WE THINK: Looking back on 2016

    Every January since 2009 The Sentinel-News has established a blueprint for the coming year to help focus on ideas, concepts and circumstances that deserve – or require – our attention.

    Every year since 2010, we have issued a report card to review how well the community has responded to those goals. Sometimes new issues rush in and steal our momentum – like our unplanned but huge response to a growing heroin issue – but generally we have at the end of the year developed a grade for how we have fared as a community.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Looking back on 2016

    Every January since 2009 The Sentinel-News has established a blueprint for the coming year to help focus on ideas, concepts and circumstances that deserve – or require – our attention.

    Every year since 2010, we have issued a report card to review how well the community has responded to those goals. Sometimes new issues rush in and steal our momentum – like our unplanned but huge response to a growing heroin issue – but generally we have at the end of the year developed a grade for how we have fared as a community.

  • MY WORD: Back from the grave

    Back from the grave.

    That’s what I thought when Dr. Michael Kommor of Baptist Health spoke the two words “divine intervention” in our meeting in his office on Dec. 5.

    He said, in effect, “Mr. Matthews, there’s no medical reason why you’re here today. And while I would like to take the credit, your recovery transcends my medical skills and experience.”

    It was Dr. Kommor who had called in Hosparus in mid-November when it appeared that my time on earth was short…very short.

  • Letters to the Editor, Jan. 4, 2017

    Find compassion, respect for each other

    It is frustrating and saddening to see in letters to this paper the anger and disrespect with which some people view others across the political divide.

    I believe that the vast preponderance of Americans on both sides of the political spectrum are people of good will who want the best for our country.

    I like and trust those people that I know personally who did not vote as I did for president.

  • Letters to the Editor, Jan. 4, 2017

    Find compassion, respect for each other

    It is frustrating and saddening to see in letters to this paper the anger and disrespect with which some people view others across the political divide.

    I believe that the vast preponderance of Americans on both sides of the political spectrum are people of good will who want the best for our country.

    I like and trust those people that I know personally who did not vote as I did for president.

  • Chugging into the night

    With apologies to Clement Moore:

    Twas midnight on Christmas, and all through the land.

    The party was roaring, there was plenty of bourbon on hand.

    The children were restless, Christmas dancing in their heads.

    There was so much noise, they barely could stay in their beds.

    And I in my best Eddie Bauer and Mom in her new rabbit wrap

    Were just sitting in our corner, asking our server for a nightcap.

    When outside by the parking lot, we heard a big ol’ noise.

  • Chugging into the night

    With apologies to Clement Moore:

    Twas midnight on Christmas, and all through the land.

    The party was roaring, there was plenty of bourbon on hand.

    The children were restless, Christmas dancing in their heads.

    There was so much noise, they barely could stay in their beds.

    And I in my best Eddie Bauer and Mom in her new rabbit wrap

    Were just sitting in our corner, asking our server for a nightcap.

    When outside by the parking lot, we heard a big ol’ noise.

  • MY WORD: Big Picture providing big opportunity

    I opened the E-mail with an almost, “oh, no” feeling.

    After all, it was the Sunday morning after Thanksgiving, and if a parent was emailing a teacher and I was copied, chances are someone was angry.

    I was wrong. Yet at first, I didn’t know it.

    She began with how things had gone so wrong for so many years. Her words dripped with sadness and regret. I felt it.