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Today's Opinions

  • MY WORD: There is another side to story of librarian's firing

    The award-winning youth librarian at the Shelby County Public Library, Sherry Bogard, was dismissed after an unfair board meeting held on June 19, 2012. At this board meeting, Mrs. Sherry, as she is called, was not permitted to state her case or make objections to the charges against her; all but one of the board voted to dismiss Mrs. Sherry based on speculation arising from a single viewpoint. The fact that there was not any kind of due process is among the more disturbing issues; however, there are others.

  • MY WORD: A word from a man full of thanks

    My name is Andrea Cottrell, the wife of the late George Cottrell, Jr.

    Our family would like to thank everyone for all their love and support throughout our entire journey with George’s ALS diagnosis.

    We were blessed and highly favored by our Lord and savior! George and I often talked about our blessings and how much we appreciated them all.

    So, one day, George says to me, “Dot, read this.”

    I did, and it was one of the most sincere letters I have ever read. This letter is addressed to everyone in the community. It reads:

  • Sometimes in life, you just have to cut it

    You may recall that recently our family moved from the suburbs to a small farm, that we have been going through a sort of a sociological withdrawal, somewhat of a remake of Green Acresfor the new millennium, minus Oliver Douglas’s suits and Lisa’s gowns, Hank Kimball and the pig.

  • Sometimes in life, you just have to cut it

    You may recall that recently our family moved from the suburbs to a small farm, that we have been going through a sort of a sociological withdrawal, somewhat of a remake of Green Acresfor the new millennium, minus Oliver Douglas’s suits and Lisa’s gowns, Hank Kimball and the pig.

  • What we think: Farm equipment must share, too

    Every planting and harvest season, when farm equipment is being moved so frequently from one field to another, from one property to another, there goes out a request to motorists to beware of the machinery and to share the road with care.

    We think that’s a good idea, to understand the needs of the agricultural corners of our community, to show patience and consideration.

    We also think that consideration should go both ways.

  • We congratulate: Blue-ribbon fair needs all our focus

    The 150th celebration of the Shelby County Fair has concluded, and we want to present the Shelby County A&M Association with a blue ribbon for this year’s event.

    Fair Board President Ray Tucker and his army of volunteers and mercenaries did their dead-level best to make this show the biggest and best and most customer friendly as they possibly could. Their effort was evident from the midway, to the tractor-pull site to special events.

  • Letters to the Editor, June 20, 2012

    Flag Day trivia


    When the United States was first created, our flag had 13 starts and 13 stripes. After the admission of Vermont and Kentucky, a resolution was adopted on Jan. 1, 1794, making a new flag with 15 starts and 15 stripes.

    The flag then looked like this.

  • A life may have ended, but a legacy continue

    There is a sesne today that I shouldn’t be here. I should be in the suburbs of Denver, helping to lay to rest a man who in many ways made me whatever success I have been in this world, a man I call friend.
    Just a week ago, Tom Patterson lay quietly in an ICU in California, tubes and machines breathing for him. Breathing long had been Tom’s downfall, brought on by a 15-year battle with a lung-eating disease called scleroderma.