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Today's Opinions

  • New EPA regs are a step, but we can do more ourselves

    I am delighted that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. 

    But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the EPA should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations. Each state could than determine its own optimal strategy for curbing greenhouse gases.

  • Looseleaf laureate: Proposed new superhero may surprise you

    I’m happy to report I got all of my tomatoes — 14 plants’ worth — in the ground before Memorial Day this year. 

    I can’t remember all of their names, but I made acquaintance with Mr. Stripey, Yellow Pear and Cherokee Purple among the heirloom varieties, and Yellow, Big and Better Boys among the hybrids. 

    With all of these plants, I hope to show something for my effort come harvest time.

  • Tiger Haven should be liable financially

    I want to address a problem that has concerned my neighbors and me for 20 years. I live next to a facility that houses some of the most dangerous animals in the world. Just hearing them growl in the morning is enough to put the fear of God in anyone, and they are not pit bulls.
    Imagine having to listen to a loud, ferocious roar morning, noon and night, knowing a vicious animal may escape at any time. It’s a nuisance that not only bothers me, but also all of my neighbors.

  • GUEST OPINION: Satirical tweets may be fake, but they’re protected

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    The queen of England had a rough weekend recently. It rained relentlessly and her youngest son, Edward, was stuck in the garden wearing an Easter Bunny suit.

    I know this because I follow “Elizabeth Windsor,” a Twitter account that shares Elizabeth’s personal musings. It’s informative, amusing – and totally fabricated.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Property committee has its work cut out to do

    Gentle reader, according to Damon Lawrence’s usual comprehensive report of the recent County Commission meeting and their action on the “In God We Trust” matter, it seems that the resolution has become embroiled in acrimonious controversy such that either approval or rejection will be the source of ill will and dissension, so that the wiser and better course of action would be to lay the resolution on the table for the time being.

  • Brush with phone scam has man issuing warning

    I received a call recently that sounded exactly like the normal recorded message that I always get from my mail order drug provider.

    At first everything seemed normal, same great recorded female voice, informing me of a prescription that was ready to refill.

    Did I want them to go ahead and refill it?

    I said, “Yes.”

    Then the next recorded words were “Say the name of your credit card, then either punch into the phone or say aloud the 16-digit numbers of your credit card.”

  • Ousted Mioduski complains against Rockwood officials

    Please allow this letter as my official complaint against city of Rockwood officials, Jason Jolly, Pete Wright, James Nuchols, and Mayor Watts. These individuals voted to dismiss me of my duties without reason or justification.

    When all four officials were asked why, they all said “no comment” and quickly left Rockwood City Hall building.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: High Sheriff still ignoring Old Curmudgeon

    Gentle reader, as you may recall, we have patiently endeavoured for some time to get the High Sheriff to respond to a few simple questions concerning the management of his, or our, jail. We didn’t realize just how long he has stubbornly resisted giving any response to these inquiries until we looked back in our files. It has, in fact been approximately seven months of silence on his part inasmuch as we first posed these questions in the issue of 25 October, 2013.