Category: Opinion

Reader gives opinion on mask wearing

My elderly father has dementia, and due to the coronavirus now lives in isolation at the St. Luke’s Living Center. My mother and I visit him by looking through a window, and my sister in Virginia talks to him through Facetime. We haven’t held his hand in five months. My father is a retired Colonel in the Marine Corps and […]

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County should use leadership

The “Code of Ethical Conduct for County Commissioners” on the Marion County website states (in six parts) their guidelines: “A county commissioner should actively practice stewardship of the county’s human, fiscal and material resources.” Another point states, in part, “respect for others…” After reading the July 8 Free Press article, it appears that the watered down COVID-19 “recommendation” concerning mask-wearing […]

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This will make you “patty” yourself on the back for a dinner well done

This will make you “patty” yourself on the back for a dinner well done

A few weeks ago, I was a bridesmaid in a good friend’s socially distanced wedding, and in preparation for the big day, I did something I have never done before: get a manicure. I opted for French tips—a layer of very light pink on the bottom and white for the ends of each nail. It ended up being a pretty […]

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Opinion doesn’t always equal knowledge

I had just rolled out of bed and shuffled to the kitchen for a cup of coffee. My son wanted an omelet with cheese and salsa for his breakfast, so after filling my mug, I went to the fridge for a dollop of coffee creamer for me and eggs for my boy. And I stepped in a puddle of water. […]

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What even is the new normal?

Earlier this week, a Facebook friend of mine posted a meme about “normalizing” things. It left me rather puzzled. Who waits for things to be normal to do them? Who wants to do normal things? Don’t get me wrong, there’s a certain desirable security in some mundanity, but, as Oscar Wilde put it, “all things in moderation, including moderation.” And […]

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Show support for Berg

I completely support Republican Susan Berg in her bid to become Marion County Treasurer and here is why. I spent a few years working with Susan in the Marion County Treasurer’s office. I found her to be intelligent, well-spoken and professional. And she is a very quick study, learning and excelling rapidly in all her duties. In addition, as a […]

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Please vote for Curry in election

My vote is with Rhonda Curry for Marion County Treasurer. I have come to know and trust Rhonda over the last four years as my work and hers, for Marion County, have intersected. When I came to work for the Marion Co. Health Dept I had never before worked for County government. The financial complexities–with funding from State, Federal governments, […]

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Bread perfect for leftover that was driving me nuts

Bread perfect for leftover that was driving me nuts

I have had this block of leftover almond paste just sitting in the back of my refrigerator for weeks. Every time I would open the fridge, I would just stare at the container, knowing I needed to use it up but not being 100-percent sure how. But then there were beautiful, fresh blueberries sitting in the produce department at the […]

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COVID-19 misinformation continues to flow everywhere

So, I’ve been thinking lately about things people say that, quite honestly, are not true. Or, they might not even be possible. For example, when a coach tells a player to give 110 percent, that’s simply not attainable. We can only achieve that which we are capable. I would hope athletes commit 100 percent to their teams. Most fall considerably […]

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Leadership lacking in America

America has a crisis in leadership. That sentence has to be the greatest understatement of this century. But not only do we have a leadership crisis on the national level, we have a crisis in leadership on other levels; in our elected representatives in the state legislature and in business and civic groups who are responsible for strategic planning for […]

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