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Columns

  • Sales tax is fairest way to pay for new courthouse

    How sad it is to ride past our courthouse and see the charred remains of the roof and know there must be additional damage within. It is another example of how sick some people have become to try and destroy something that means so much to so many.

  • Humane Society needs volunteers who have heart full of compassion

    I recently visited the animal shelter. It was not a trip I was looking forward to, yet one I had to make. I went because as a member of the Humane Society it is now my job to list all pets in the shelter. We list them so we can give these little ones a small chance at life.

    The animal control officer on duty asked me to take a seat and said he would get me the list. He told me there would be more animals in the pens than were on the list. He was getting ready “to put them down,” the terminology used for killing them. It was a job he said he didn’t like.

  • Gregory battled for health, environment, democracy

    We’ve been reading a lot about the long and distinguished careers of two Senate veterans who are retiring this year, and rightly so.

    But I’d like to take a few moments to recognize a quieter senator who also is stepping down this year, albeit after a relatively short 16 years.