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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t call abortion a moral choice
  • Burglary victim speaks out

    History repeats itself? Yes it does. One year and three months ago someone walked into my house and stole my backpack. It was full of everything that was important to me. The items range from personal items to electronics.

    Fast forward 16 months during which time a lot of things have gone missing from my yard. Someone walked into my house again on Tuesday morning while I was in the kitchen filling my dog’s two-gallon tank with drinking water and took my new backpack containing many of the same items as before that I had painfully (emotionally), replaced last year.

  • Fear keeps sex abuse victims quiet

    What happens to the mind of a child, when that child is violated in a sexual way by family? Do you know? Have you felt the pain of isolation, of shame, of forbidden secrets?

    It’s almost a no-win situation, because there is public opinion, and that’s as hard to deal with as family and former friends, with ignorant comments uttered behind one’s back like: “It’s all lies, the victims are to blame,” or “why didn’t they report this when it first happened?”

  • Presidents need encouragement

    Throughout the years I have kept in touch with the presidents of the United States, starting from Ronald Reagan. It matters not whether they are Republican or Democrat. I feel that they need to hear from the grassroots, little people and know how we feel about important issues affecting Americans. The presidents have always kept in touch as well as the first ladies. These letters are my treasures.

  • Mil Gracias - Aug. 30, 2013

    I would like to thank the Rainsville Water and Sanitation Board for their many years of dependability of doing a basically thankless and selfless job in the most open and transparent manner possible. Each board member with an unwavering commitment has insured that each of us has access to an uninterrupted, safe and protected source of water. Just the thought of what their vital responsibility is to the Rainsville population astounds me and that they have successfully assured us, all of us, a healthier and viable environment is even more astounding.

  • Luna deserves better

    From its modest beginnings as Luna Vocational-Technical Institute to its morphing into a bona fide community college, Luna has meant a lot to the area.

    With its nursing and dental programs, the school has sent out scores of licensed practical nurses and registered nurses who populate doctors’ offices in this area and beyond. Similar boasts can be made about the dental program.

    Luna has filled numerous gaps in the areas of vocational training, auto mechanics, wood-working, the liberal arts and sciences.

  • Work of Art — A cheeseburger con queso

    I don’t know whether my childhood friend remembers any of this, but for what it’s worth, this lesson is on redundancy.

  • AG is right on drug laws

    Harsh federal mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug crimes have done little to curb the drug problem in this nation, though they have resulted in overcrowded prisons.

    So it’s refreshing to hear Attorney General Eric Holder talking about a more rational approach to dealing with those who break federal drug laws. For instance, he is pledging to no longer charge low-level, nonviolent drug offenders who have no ties to gangs or large-scale drug operations with offenses that require stiff mandatory sentences.