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Today's Opinions

  • Leadership at Alta Vista

    We are sorry to see that Maridel Acosta is leaving her post as chief executive officer at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. She brought to the job a genuine interest in the hospital as well as the community, and we appreciated her dedication to Job One — quality care for the hospital’s patients.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 26, 2012
  • Work of Art - Don’t mix killings with politics

    A side effect of last week’s Newtown, Conn., massacre, once we think beyond the heartache, futility and insanity resulting from the actions of a deranged 20-year-old who gunned down 26 people, is the politics that inevitably follows.

  • One Solitary Life

    Years ago, someone wrote an essay that carried a Christian message, but much more. It’s a testament to the life of a single man, Jesus of Nazareth, who’s message grew to have a deep and lasting impact upon the entire world. We have reprinted it below. Regardless of your beliefs, we hope you will agree that it speaks to the spirit of Christmas day, when love and life are celebrated.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 24, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Memories

    In terms of pure economics, our biggest national holiday is, of course, Christmas. I read somewhere that Halloween comes in as a strong second, but I’d be surprised if it’s anywhere close to the money we Americans spend for the yuletide.

    Perhaps that makes me a little off the mark, because I don’t recall much about the Christmas presents I’ve acquired over the years.

    Instead, I remember experiences.

  • Animals a part of Jesus’ birth

    I understand that in his new biography of Jesus Christ, Pope Benedict XVI points out that, contrary to popular belief, there were no oxen, camels, donkeys or other animals in the manger.

    I am a Catholic, but I have a tendency to disagree with our pope.

    I was but a child in preschool when I was told the Christmas story. It was a donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem where Baby Jesus was born. We learned and sang about the shepherds and their sheep, the camels who carried that three kings.

  • Mil Gracias - Dec. 24, 2012

    Our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive was a great success again! Thanks to all who contributed. We were able to give 110 boxes of food with turkeys to needy families in our community.