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We the People: Congress continues political games

March 10, 2013

By Clark Hopper

Congress is still putting on a circus regarding the sequester. Republicans are saying if we do not not have budget cuts this year, the whole U.S. economy will collapse because of the nation’s enormous indebtedness. The Democrats say economic recovery will be derailed and the automatic cuts of 8 percent for the Pentagon and 5 percent for other programs will compromise our nation’s defense.

Enter the Net: Telecommuting ban short-sighted at best

March 6, 2013

By David Hughes

One of the boons which have come from the spreading growth of broadband Internet for the public has been the increase and popularity of telecommuting. This is especially true in areas where hour-long commutes to and from work are considered as “short.”
This is especially true here in the Washington, DC area with its thousands of companies spread out of hundreds of square miles. Because of housing prices the closer you live to the District of Columbia, the higher housing cost escalates.

Bringing millions back to the Bible

March 6, 2013

By Steve Boggs, publisher of The Saline Courier

Did you watch the The Bible on the History Channel last Sunday night? If you did, you’re not alone. The premier episodes of the 10-part series draw large ratings for the cable outlet, and they will only get bigger as the series progresses.

Conservative Corner: A rotten Common Core

March 6, 2013

By Nancy Carlton

One of the most important aspects of child-rearing in any nation is the education of the children. Other than food, clothing, and shelter, there are few things as important to a child’s well-being as what goes into the mind of the child. Love and proper information are absolutely vital to every human being.
There are good reasons why parents are the primary responsible parties charged with educating a child. In the natural order of things, it is the parents whose duty it is to provide their children with all the necessities.

Common Sense: Age is supposed to bring wisdom

March 5, 2013

By Brent Davis, editor

Yesterday, I celebrated another year on this planet. Despite the years seeming to fly by in measurements of time that grow shorter and shorter, I can honestly say I've never felt better. I count myself lucky.

We always want what we can't have

March 5, 2013

By Jennifer Joyner

What I'm about to say has the potential to incite controversy. Because of this, I have kept my opinion on this subject to myself for the most part, only telling those closest to me. But now, I think I'm equipped to handle any backlash and am ready to admit it in public. 
I don't think the McRib sandwich is that great … In fact, to me, it's kind of gross. 
From what I've heard, this is a very unpopular stance, but I just can't help it.

Editorial: Site-specific tax figures should remain private

March 4, 2013

We agree with the Benton Advertising and Promotion Commission’s decision to withhold specific tax receipts in its monthly reporting process. Information related to specific sales from individual restaurants, as well as information related to occupancy rates and room rates of specific hotels, is private and should remain that way.

We the People: Florida columnist takes issue with who's to blame

March 4, 2013

By Clark Hopper

Recently, I found an excellent article written by Charlie Reese, a journalist for the Orlando Sentinel. He had been a journalist for 49 years and this was his last column before he retired.
The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican nor democrat. It defines clearly, who must assume responsibility for the judgments made that affect each one of us every day.

Common Sense: Cruising Military Road was very cool.

March 4, 2013

By Brent Davis, editor

Reading the news of the 35th reunion of the Benton class of 1978 was interesting. It prompted strolls down memory lane as we found pictures of the class for our Scrapbook feature each day leading up to the Saturday gathering. It is hard to believe a generation has grown up in the time since.
I started thinking of how the years have changed not only our appearance, but the customs and rituals of youth.

Sense and Nonsense: Hacker's work is done in wee, small hours of morning

March 4, 2013

by Lynda Hollenbeck

If any of you received a weird email from me about a week ago, please forgive me. I am the innocent.
To explain: I was the victim of a hacking incident.
If I were smarter and more technically savvy, I might understand what really happened. And, more importantly, I might understand how and why.
As things stand, with the tiny measure of technology I possess, this means I'll never get these answers unless the perpetrator confesses either to me or someone else who feels duty-bound to enlighten me. I won't hold my breath.

 

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