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Today's Opinions

  • A harmful disconnect

    Going back to school after a too-short summer is something that many children and youth actually look forward to. It’s an exciting time, filled with high hopes, great expectations and a chance to start fresh academically and socially.

    These are the times that change kids’ lives. For better or worse. Often depending on the adult supervision they get.

  • Work of Art: No one the Twain did meet

    HANNIBAL, MO. — “Tom! No answer. Tom! No answer. What’s gone with that boy, I wonder?” Is there a person in America who can’t place that partial exchange?

    It comes from the opening lines of “Tom Sawyer,” a classic of American Literature, whose author everybody remembers as Mark Twain, The Mark Twain, the one-of-a-kind storyteller, humorist, observer of American life along the Mississippi.

  • Being good won’t matter

    Sometimes good people do bad things. Line up all the Driving While Intoxicated offenders you can find and most of them will probably support that statement. Good people who used bad judgment, or who developed an addiction, a disease called alcoholism, that made them a danger to themselves and society.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 15, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Bits and pieces

    First, a disclosure: My daughter was in this year’s Over the Edge IV put on by the Nat Gold Players. Plus, a couple of days after the last Edge performance, she attended a meeting to organize a youth subgroup of the Nat Gold Players, which they cleverly named Clearly Confused Productions. They are hoping to put on their first production sometime around Halloween.

  • No magic to reading

    In your Aug. 1 article titled “The magic of reading” you wrote that you thought you were dyslexic because you read words backwards when you were a kid. If in fact you are dyslexic you compensated well enough to become the editor and publisher of the Optic. A substantial achievement for anyone dyslexic or not. But let me make some clarifications about dyslexia.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 12, 2011
  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP - PEOPLE, IT’S FAIRE TIME. That’s right, it’s time once again for the Peoples Faire, a two-day event again this year filled with arts and crafts, music, food and entertainment. It’ll be going on at Carnegie Park, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, so don’t miss out.