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Today's Opinions

  • What does the term 'alcohol abuse' mean?

    Abuse is defined by Webster as “to use so as to mistreat or damage.” If we consider that definition, I think all of us would agree that it is hard to “abuse” alcohol.

    How is alcohol mistreated or abused? Alcohol is a powerful substance that is useful for many purposes. However, when we abuse the use of alcohol it is generally called “alcohol abuse. “ So what exactly is abused?

    <*B><*C>One’s Health & Life Span

  • VP choices change nothing

    Both John McCain and Barack Obama have now made their picks for vice president.

    These picks don't change anything. "Democrats" can rest assured that, should Obama be elected and should something bad happen to him, the man who would step in to replace him is a fellow lefty. Biden has the third most liberal voting record in the senate, slightly behind Obama's which is the most liberal.

  • A sensible approach

    After several months of consideration, the city of Bedford appears to be headed to adopting a sensible approach to its regulations regarding the construction of sidewalks.

  • Look out below

    There are certain tasks I just hate to do.

    I don't like to put things together ? such as bookcases, sheds or puzzles. There are too many directions and/or too much thinking involved. If a product says "easy installation in just 20 minutes" I run the other way. Or I buy it and give it to my wife to build.

    I also don't like to walk in high places. I don't do roofs, high-rise construction sites or ladders over 8 feet high. I'm short for a reason.

  • Letter

    I would like to invite all area gardeners, bakers and florists to enter their best fresh produce, canned produce and meats, baked goods, floral arrangements (fresh-cut or dried) in the 14th Annual Sedalia Country Fair food and floral competition, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 13.

  • Keeping perspective

    “Tough economic times” is a theme of the day.

    If your company has closed, flood or fire has wiped out all you own or your lost health has robbed you of your ability to work, this theme certainly is your reality. Higher prices at the gas pump and at the grocery store are common topics of conversation and each of us decides whether or not personal habits need adjusting and what changes to make. When faced with limited resources to fulfill wants and needs, individuals must make choices.

  • Keeping our communities safe from crime

    Reports estimate that gang membership has escalated to approximately 850,000 with 25,000 gangs operating in communities all across the country. Gang activity has been directly linked to the proliferation of illegal drugs, human trafficking, identification document falsification, violent maiming and assault, and the use of firearms to commit shootings and murders. Gang violence and activity is no longer confined to big cities; it has already spread to smaller cities and rural areas, such as the Shenandoah Valley, Roanoke and Lynchburg.

  • Bill ratifies House's commitment to veterans

    With only a handful of dissenting votes, the House of Representatives has passed the appropriations bill that covers Military Construction and Veterans Administration spending in the coming fiscal year. I voted for the bill. However, the leadership in the House turned its back on another opportunity to allow a vote on allowing the United States to extract and produce its own oil and natural gas resources.