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Today's Opinions

  • Crime needs punishment

    I'm assuming that most of the people reading this have heard about the vicious beating of Lakeland, Florida 16-year-old, Victoria Lindsay by six girls (ages 14 through 17) with two males (one teen and one "adult" of 18) as guards outside the house in which the beating occurred and was video taped. The court has ruled to charge these miscreants as adults, and I agree wholeheartedly.

  • Confessions of a bad spellere

    Editor's note: There are at least 10 spelling mistakes in this article.

    If it were not for the spell check function on my computer, I would have been fired from this newspaper a long time ago. As a writer, one would assume that spelling is a strong suit for me: Well, that's just not ture.

    As a product of this technological age, I have been writing papers for school and letters to friends on a computer since I was in middle school.

  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and encourage individuals and communities to support children and families.

    We are advised that any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a child is abused or neglected shall immediately make an oral or written report to the cabinet (for Families and Children), law enforcement agency or a county attorney.

  • Something is wrong

    On March 12 there was an article printed regarding a woman being assaulted on I-64. The story read that it required two deputies to pull off a man who was beating a woman in a snow covered ditch.

    Apparently the man gave the deputies a hard time, to the point he had to be tased to bring him under control. First of all, I applaud the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and our police department for the difficult task they perform every day.

  • What's in your pocket -- weapons or poetry?

    Here we are in the thick of April. We don't know if we should break out the warm weather clothes or cover up the flowers in front of the house. That's April. Unpredictable. Snow? Heat? Wind? It could all happen within the same week.

    April is full of notable days. April Fool's Day to start. No one has told me my shoe is untied since junior high. Well, maybe high school. And it gets better. April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. April 7, No Housework Day. Just one day for this? It ought to be at least a month-long observance!

  • Out with the old, in with the new

    There's a reason why the popularity of boxing is on the decline.

    It's the same reason why mixed martial arts (MMA) organizations have shot into the forefront as the premiere fight sport.

    The success of each lies in its marketability.

    The boxing fan base was healthier when there were fighters people cared about competing in fights that meant something.

  • What is more important?

    The Wall Street Journal has on many occasions been critical of a Farm Bill that has any safety net for the farmer.

    Thursday, March 27, they had a front page story questioning the need for a safety net in the 2008 Farm Bill. Asking why when farmers are enjoying record prices, record earnings they need a safety net. Why the need for 10 billion over 10 years. Not 10 billion in one year.

  • Don't blame Bush

    Having just finished reading the Op-Ed column in the March 26, 2008 edition of The Sentinel News, I feel compelled to answer the letter, "Bush is to Blame."

    I must hand it to Ms. Packard, she can spew out more inaccuracies, hate expletives and pure left wing trash than any on-line blogger I have experienced.