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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    There can be no greater honor and glory than to have the very best attend to one's cries for help. Accolades of excellence can then be shared forever. During my four decades of communicating with tens of thousands of fans, it was truly rewarding and always a privilege to boast about our finest.  

    Little did I know it would be the supreme combo of the Orthopedic Institute  and NFRMC that would provide me the much needed relief of a total hip replacement.

  • Carolyn's I-95 adventure

    Regular readers know that I spent the weekend after July 4 in Eastern Kentucky at my class reunion. Everything went smoothly and I had the time of my life.

    Now, as the late Paul Harvey once said, now for the rest of the story.

    The reunion was over at 9 p.m. to allow those who had traveled to return home, or those like me, who needed to get an early start the next day.

    However, I ended up talking with classmates behind the trunk of my car in the parking lot until 10.

    By the time I returned to the hotel and changed, it was 10:45.

  • We are the same

    I've been gone longer than I lived there but there's no doubt my roots are tied deeply to the mountains of Appalachia and the people who live there.

    This past weekend, I made a 12 1/2 hour trek back as those vibrant verdant hills beckoned me once more.

    They are not the mountains of my childhood where narrow two-lane roads were crammed with heavy trucks carrying even heavier loads of coal.

    Once impressive homes are now in a state of disrepair and kudzu blankets abandoned properties.

  • I believe in what I do

    I was out doing errands Thursday when I got a text from friend and former co-worker, Lou Jones.

    "Shooting at Annapolis paper," it read. "Several shot."

    My heart dropped.

    Once I returned to the office and was able to check into what was going on, I was numb.

    I've been in this business a long time – and I've known journalists who were targeted for their reporting: Tires slashed; a Molotov cocktail thrown through a window of a newspaper office; telephone curses and in-your-face screaming.

  • I am afraid

    As a mother of a young black man in America, I am afraid.

    The January incident with NBA Rookie Sterling Brown has raised this fear another notch, because he is my son.

    Yes, that man is younger than my son, and taller, and a professional basketball player.

    But when I see him, I see my son.

    Yes, he parked illegally, and selfishly.

    But how that young man behaved when he saw a police officer at his car is what my son would do, what we have talked about doing, what we brought him up to do.

  • Who will be the next chapter?

    Have you ever noticed how many films and books either begin or end with a disclaimer that the project is a total work of fiction and not based on any person, living or dead?

    I beg to differ.

    Great authors write about that which they know – except J.K. Rowling and Stephen King (I hope) who have imaginations that are way, way out there.

    Whether movie or novel, characters are often amalgams of real people. Sometimes they're indistinguishable to everyone except to the author himself.

  • Breaking the 10th Commandment

    Tradition states there are 613 commandments in Mosaic Law.

    Somehow, the translators who worked for King James in 1604 decided to pare those laws down into what we refer to as the Ten Commandments.

    For many, like me, I suppose that in itself is a blessing. Keeping 10 laws can be a daunting task so I can only imagine if I had to remember and adhere to 603 more.

    It’s reminiscent of one of the Lemony Snicket books, The Vile Village, where the Baudelaire children are forever breaking laws because there are so many they cannot remember them.

  • Glitches add to the beauty

    Ken Schwiebert is a perfectionist. If you’re one of his dental patients, you know this. If you’ve held a piece of his woodwork in your hands, you’ve seen it. And if you’ve worked on the veterans’ memorial with him for four years, as I have, you’ve felt it.

    It was November 2014 when I agreed to help with a project that would simmer on the back burner for two full years before finally reaching the boiling point in early 2017.