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Today's Opinions

  • A prayer of Thanksgiving for you and your community

     

    I'm a big believer in giving thanks and having it mean something more than just one day a year. Shouldn't thanks-giving be a routine act, not just a day with a capitalized name?

    Still, we love to sit down with those we know and love to eat an incredible meal in celebration of an original American holiday, and it's a wonderful tradition that we embrace with gusto.

  • O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, wherefore art thou, Christmas Tree?

    Everyone wants the perfect Christmas tree, right? It's a rite of passage for most Americans that sometime around Thanksgiving - maybe even weeks before - you get a tree, put it up and stare at it for weeks of celebration.

  • A parade can really get the holiday spirit flowing

     You probably were standing in the bone-chilling cold Saturday and watching Santa arrive in Shelbyville at the end of a long parade.

    Chances are, you’ve been there before, sometimes huddled in the rain, sometimes elbow-to-elbow with friends but always enjoying the magic and anticipation that the parade represents.

    This has been a great tradition of Shelbyville as long as I can remember. It’s no made-for-TV production, but it’s ours.

  • A Christmas wish that someone other than Santa must deliver

     'Twas the night before Christmas.

  • Maybe now we can feel better about our society

     

    There are many of us who did not think we ever would see what happened Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

    Whether we are 80 or even 8, many of us did not think we would see anyone but a white man – maybe, in a far-off dream, a woman – serve as President of the United States.

    You may be heartened, energized or disgusted by the fact that Barack Obama is our president today, but the reality is there and may be faced with the awe that comes along with simply stating that fact.

  • Christmas shouldn't be measured by sales receipts

     

    For those of us already humbugged by how Christmas has changed over the years, we now have to recognize that our most precious holiday has devolved into, of all things, a leading economic indicator.    

    So much is made of the economy during Christmas season that it seems who is spending how much with whom is discussed almost as much as Santa and far more than Jesus, which is more than a little bit wrong.

  • What we think: Death, indictment must teach us lessons

    The death of Pleasure Ridge Park High School football player Max Gilpin last summer  was a tragedy that defies description. The indictment Friday of his coach, David Stinson, on charges of negligent homicide could set a legal precedent that may become awful, too.

    Mr. Gilpin’s death is, to speak in clichés, every parent’s nightmare.

  • Dads, Dogs, and the Unbending Law of the Universe — Part 2

    This is the second of a 2-part series on unbending laws. 

    Two weeks ago, as I was on “puppy duty,” the phone rang.  Let me begin by saying that it was a good thing that I was sitting down.

    It was my dad, and his phone call was significant for at least two reasons.

    First, it marked the only time in the whole history of the world that my dad had called to ask my advice about anything, much less about a home repair.