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Today's Opinions

  • The Reinvention of Fire

    A look at history shows us that our energy sources have never remained static, with renewables such as wind and solar widespread several times in the past millennia, only to be displaced by a glut of cheap fuel.  

    Some sources become obsolete as their time has passed; others are taken over by their competitors as we are seeing with oil and coal. 

     The U.S. stopped the direct use of coal and oil for transportation and buildings in the 1920s and 1960s, respectively.  

  • The Reinvention of Fire

    A look at history shows us that our energy sources have never remained static, with renewables such as wind and solar widespread several times in the past millennia, only to be displaced by a glut of cheap fuel.  

    Some sources become obsolete as their time has passed; others are taken over by their competitors as we are seeing with oil and coal. 

     The U.S. stopped the direct use of coal and oil for transportation and buildings in the 1920s and 1960s, respectively.  

  • Signs — Signs — Signs
  • Social Security and Women’s Equality Day

    By Kay Louder

    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville

    August 26 is known as Women’s Equality Day.  On that date in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was signed, giving women the right to vote.

  • Yearling steers go swimming

    Back on the farm at Twentymile Bend things had settled down after a brush by a tropical wave that dumped 12 inches of rain on top of us. 

    But my father, as usual, was thinking up ways to keep my brother Jerry and me busy. We were dreading what he might come up with next, because on a farm there were so many dirty jobs available. 

    I had spent one summer building fence and didn't want to have that ever again. 

  • Citizens beaten financially

    I am reading what seems to be a dime novel. The budget is being cut for all of the departments but EMS and Fire and they seem to be increasing theirs about $2.5 million. That is the new number that the new assessment will generate. I propose that a mileage log be used in every unit in the charge. They need to cut back if everyone else does, or do they?

    The job situation, economy in general, plus the threat of Obama Care Co-pay at the VA will raise a lot. Everyone wants more money, even when there is none to get. 

  • Medicare turns 46 on July 30

    By Doug Heinlen
    Everything changes as it accumulates more birthdays—including vital programs like Medicare.  
    Medicare turns 46 on July 30, and oh, how it has changed throughout the years.
    One landmark event for Medicare, as for most elements of U.S. health care, was the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding most aspects of the new national health-care law.    As implementation of the new law proceeds, what does the future hold for Medicare?

  • Editorial toon for the week of July 26