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Today's Opinions

  • Time to resurrect the dots

    Thursdays were special days when I was growing up. That was the day our county paper, then the Pike County News, was on the street. After my parents thumbed through it, it was passed to me and I read it–cover to cover–even as a youngster.
    One of my favorite regular pieces each week was a column called “The Personal Touch”, written by Lucille Sadd Smith.
    In “The Personal Touch”, Mrs. Smith wrote short paragraphs about the social scene in our county seat.

  • Flood relief may be available

    To the editor:

  • Save those Sunny D labels

    To the editor:
    I’m very excited to tell you about a program Williston Middle School is participating in that can bring FREE books to all our classrooms. It’s called the SunnyD Book Spree, and the program will donate 20 books to every classroom that sends in 20 SunnyD UPC labels. The program will also award hundreds of books to the 10 schools that collect the most labels.

  • Letter to the the editor

    To the editor:

    As electronics improve (shrink) new technologies abound and one of the most recent is something called a credit card skimmer.

    A skimmer is a small, electronic credit card reader similar to the ones at ATM’s and gas pumps. In fact they are formed with the express purpose of fitting over legitimate card readers to accumulate credit card numbers in their memory.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    As a pharmacist who served the community and the surrounding areas as the co-owner of Sunshine Drugs for over 30 years, I felt I needed to perhaps clarify a situation that has recently come to my attention.

    It is my understanding that a business will soon be opened under the name of Sunshine Drugs.

    Although I wish the owners of this new business well in the endeavor, Iee^also feel that Iee^need to make it clear to everyone that Iee^m in no way assoiciated with, nor in any way a part of, this business.

  • Social Security makes a difference everywhere

    Social Security reaches almost every family in the United States, and at some point touches the lives of nearly all Americans. It not only helps older Americans, but also workers who become disabled and families in which a spouse or parent dies. Today, about 159 million people work and pay Social Security taxes. More than 53 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits. In 2009 alone, those benefits came to about $675 billion.

  • Like the fathers of my father, I’m picking a fight

    When my dad, Darwin Parkin was the born Sept. 12, 1921 – shortly after Prohibition went into effect – his middle name was listed as “L.” His parents couldn’t agree on which relative to honor: Lewis or Louis. Both, of course, were from opposite branches of the family, so they settled on the ambiguous single initial “L” for his second name.

  • This Father’s Day, teach an old dad a new twist

    Who says you can’t teach an old dad new twists? All across the nation, people are telling their fathers, grandfathers, and other special men in their lives about a new “twist” in the law that may help them qualify for extra help paying for costs associated with their prescription drugs.

    When you’re spending time with Dad this weekend, ask him if he can use some help paying for his prescription drugs. If so, tell him about the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and the extra help available through Social Security.