Thomaston Times- RSS OPINION Feed Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:42:45 EST 1800 Two heroes of September 11 Like you, I spent a little time reflecting on September 11. I still get a lump in my throat when I think about the tragic losses so many experienced that day 13 years ago. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 04:45:06 EST Your abuse is not appreciated Much has been written in the last several weeks about men's physical abuse of women. Former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice's videotaped knockout of his girlfriend and the initial two-game suspension he received from the NFL prompted both outrage... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:40:03 EST Penny ponders: A secret garden On those days you just want to get away from everything, I propose the “Secret Garden.” It's not really called the Secret Garden, but it is a close to one in Middle Georgia as you can get. Massee Lane Gardens is the perfect get away. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:34:04 EST Things always break when we need them How is it that machines instinctively know the absolute worse time to break down? I think they have a type of mechanical intelligence that we humans can't comprehend. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:27:04 EST The filtered truth During one of the several trumped-up trials of Jesus, Pontius Pilate asked this question: “What is truth?” Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:33:01 EST Is our judicial system using terrorist tactics? While an elevator security video, the struggling economy, immigration, and ISIS invading Iraq grab national headlines, four Americans and their attorneys are fighting for their lives in a federal courtroom in Virginia. The four, who worked for the... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:20:04 EST Amidst the reality of today’s economy The wife and I took a Sunday drive in mid-August. We had planned on going to a festival in Shelbyville, IN. that weekend. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:18:05 EST Do sharks eat the loud people first? Trips to the beach are one the many reasons I love summertime. I was only three months old on my first beach vacation and I believe it was that trip that got me hooked on the great elixir of the salt and the sand. Since that time I have made the trek... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 06:10:04 EST Global Thomaston To the Editor: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:35:03 EST Abuses of power need to stop On Wednesday we took 54 cases to the grand jury in Fayette County. One of the grand jurors told me about a scam somebody attempted on her. I think I have discussed this particular scam before, but it won't hurt to touch on it again. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:33:04 EST This is the way it is supposed to be I just got off the phone with my daughter. I listened while she shared the joys and challenges that young mothers go through. She is a strong woman; protective of her boys and will never let anyone walk over her. That's good as she is... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:29:02 EST Finding honor in sports Every summer, many of the different churches, congregations, and small communities form youth softball teams for a big tournament. It is a big event. But the year when I was 14, there was an abundance of young men in my small, rural community. The... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 06:36:01 EST Thank you Randy Coggin! I'm about to lose my Chief Assistant District Attorney.At the end of August, Randy Coggin will retire.If you know Randy, you understand what a blow that will be to me. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:35:04 EST Who is your favorite college football team? I'm now the proud owner of two Georgia Tech ballcaps. I've always wanted them, but it wasn't until recently that I found a hat store online that has the fitted hats in the size I need. They are both “old-school” with the... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:39:03 EST Relearning good habits The cold winter, followed by spring monsoons, teamed up to help me form some new habits. Had they been good ones, I would be as happy as a clam in a gin and tonic, but the habits I developed were only suitable for slugs. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:04:03 EST Do _______ value life less than we do? During the Vietnam War, my mother, an otherwise sweet and compassionate person, said “they” (Vietnamese) don't value human life like we do, suggesting that I be more comfortable killing them. I never was comfortable with the idea of... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:00:04 EST And a little child shall lead them I have said many times before, my favorite part of this job is getting to meet interesting people and share their stories with our readers and that is a fact that remains true to this day. In the past five years, I have had the pleasure of... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:56:02 EST What Ray Rice teaches us about civilization The public outcry over Roger Goodell's failure to adequately punish NFL running back Ray Rice for knocking out his girlfriend in an Atlantic City hotel elevator is an encouraging sign that some vestige of civilization remains. It has been... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:18:02 EST Splitting the circut doesn’t change my job People are talking again about splitting the circuit.This comes up every once in awhile. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:14:01 EST Karoake singing is fun for everyone I love karaoke singing. I got started doing it about nine years ago, after a friend in a bar dared me to get up and sing. My first karaoke song – 'Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)' by Big & Rich. Since then, I've sung probably... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:06:03 EST