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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • For McCain, age will be a detriment

    As Sen. John McCain launches his fall presidential campaign after the Republican National Convention, he seems likely to face a number of hurdles despite what national polls may say at the moment.

    McCain’s long support of the war in Iraq, his 95 percent voting record with George W. Bush, and the idea that his presidency would represent “more of the same” of the current failed regime is going to be a lot to overcome in November.

  • Giants walked among us

    The past two years have seen the funerals of two giants who walked among us. Neither of them were celebrities or had their faces on the cover of national magazines. Nevertheless, they did a great deal of good.

  • This presidential election will provide historical results

    By the end of this week the campaign for the White House will be in full force and, assuming John McCain and Sarah Palin are officially nominated by the Republican Party this week, the result of the Nov. 4 election will be historic.

    The fact is, once all the votes are counted and the Electoral College results are certified, this nation will have either its first African-American president or its first woman vice president. That says a lot to just how far this nation has come.

    Consider the case of Barack Obama.

  • An "all of the above" strategy to become energy independent

    The need for comprehensive energy legislation has never been more apparent. We’ve grown dangerously dependent on foreign oil sources and we can’t allow this to threaten our economic security. Just as there was no one cause for our current energy crisis, there is no one silver bullet for getting us out of it.