Category: Opinion

Book is coming together

I am feverishly working on my book or it may be books of columns. I’m hoping to have it finished by this November. However, it is taking longer than I thought it would, because I have to read everything I wrote—a lot. All of the proceeds, not the net, will go towards a Journal­ism/Communi­cations scholarship for Marion Co. high school […]

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Internet access is one key to economic success going forward

There aren’t many things more important than good and reliable Internet access for a town trying to be viable this century. If people can’t stream Netflix, Hulu, play online video games, and watch YouTube at their leisure, they aren’t going to be compelled to move somewhere. So Internet access is a big reason Marion County hasn’t had the economic success […]

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Letters to the editor (9-5-18)

Coop dust is everywhere Hillsboro COOP Grain and Supply must have it in for the residents on the north end of town.  The dust caused by traffic on the COOP grounds is bad enough on a quiet day but for some reason workers consistently choose to groom the grounds with a grader blade on the windiest days of summer. The […]

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Change is just a part of the journey

The quote: “Change is the only constant in life,” came from a man named Heraclitus, who was a pre-Socractic Greek philosopher. And, no truer words have been written or spoken about change. Some recent changes prompted sad feelings, and in this case it was my friend and neighbor. Other changes might cause someone to feel mad, glad or scared. Years […]

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Cheerleaders don’t always wear uniforms

I recently posted on social media about a dream I’m pursuing. The outpouring of support I received was overwhelming, nearly knocking the wheels of my computer chair right out from under me. Since that day, I’ve reflected on how it felt to receive encouragement, and I’ve come to the conclusion that that’s the type of person I want to be. […]

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Why is Joel walking with a stick?

Our Atlanta kids recently became empty nesters as both Alex and Louis are now both in college. Alex at University of Georgia in Athens and Louis who is a first year student in Ashville. NC. attending culinary school. It wasn’t that long ago that they were both sitting on the floor just behind the carpet watching TV and eating breakfast […]

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You’ll wonder where this recipe’s ‘bean’ all your life

You’ll wonder where this recipe’s ‘bean’ all your life

Last week, I shared a recipe for tostones, or fried plantains, with you and noted that I would have the perfect main dish to go with that recipe this week. Well, not being one to disappoint, I’m sharing a delicious dinner that we paired with our tostones for dinner. If the fried plantains are a bit scary to you, this […]

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Letters to the Editor (8-29-18)

Handling of MCCEDC is a joke The handling of the Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation (MCCEDC) by the Marion County Commission would be laughable were it not yet another vicious hoax perpetrated on the tax payers of Marion County. Although the group of volunteers were well intentioned in their efforts to organize an effective economic development function at the […]

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Society lacks a certain seasoning in speech

Salt is a mineral we cannot live without. We benefit from its chemical properties as an essential nutrient for human health through its role as an electrolyte and osmotic solute. And yet, if we consume too much, it can make us ill and even be deadly. We use salt as seasoning in food, as well as a preservative to increase […]

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Understanding comes from fascination

Psychology and mental health has always been something that’s interested me. I haven’t taken any classes on it or really have any clue how anything works, but the mind fascinates me. I love watching videos and reading articles on different topics and learning more about the organ that runs my body that I really have no control over. My brain […]

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