Thomaston Times- RSS OPINION Feed http://thomastontimes.com/section/OPINION http://thomastontimes.com/section/OPINION Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:28:23 EST 1800 Penny ponders: A snack for Charlie http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150630665/Penny-ponders:-A-snack-for-Charlie Animals are smarter than we think. But it wasn't until we agreed to watch my son's dog, Charlie, for several months, that we realized how bright, and in Charlie's case, cunning, they can be. Charlie is an old dog, a mix, mid to... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 03:51:02 EST A rose and a letter http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150547265/A-rose-and-a-letter As Veterans Day came around, I thought about a letter from a soldier that became significant in my life. The story goes back many years. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:22:02 EST What to expect after the election http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150547330/What-to-expect-after-the-election Former first lady Hillary Clinton, a proverbial Democrat contender for the 2016 presidential race, recently said in a speech that businesses don't create jobs. She also said trickle-down economics has been tried and it's failed miserably -... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:25:01 EST Christmas is a good time to find hidden treasures http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150547072/Christmas-is-a-good-time-to-find-hidden-treasures One of my friends was telling about her spring cleaning of an armoire in her house. During the cleaning, she found an envelope with $300 in it and was thankful for her good fortune. Trying to figure out where the money came from, she remembered that... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 04:13:02 EST Disappearing lids and box-tops http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150519158/Disappearing-lids-and-box-tops Around our house, you can forget about finding a jug of milk that has a lid on it. Likewise, you would be hard pressed to find a box of cereal that is not missing its box top. Don't even get me started about soup can labels. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 06:54:06 EST Remember when “Eewie Gooie’ was Reality TV? http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150519053/Remember-when-Eewie-Gooie-was-Reality-TV We have a case in Spalding County that interests the media. There is a rule that requires them to ask the court in advance for permission to have TV cameras in the courtroom. That allows the judge to set some guidelines so that the media coverage... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 06:51:02 EST Remember when ‘playing’ meant ‘outside?’ http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150518914/Remember-when-playing-meant-outside Three of my grandchildren live in Jackson, and I get to see them on a fairly regular basis. Chad, the oldest, is 16 and is a budding singer/songwriter. Franklin is the middle child and is 13, and Nicholas is the youngest at 11. Usually when I go to... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:44:05 EST Taking things for granted http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150451537/Taking-things-for-granted There is a bouquet of zinnias in my bathroom in a tall ivory vase. They are red, purple and burnt orange. The color is more vivid than a Kodachrome slide. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:25:04 EST Dropping in on the veteran down the street http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150451403/Dropping-in-on-the-veteran-down-the-street A few weeks ago, I dropped in on Russ Post, an 89-year-old war veteran who happens to live on my street. What followed was a memorable Saturday afternoon, as Russ took my teenage son and I on a roller coaster ride from his youth in Western... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:20:02 EST Veterans are the reason we enjoy the season http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150451210/Veterans-are-the-reason-we-enjoy-the-season I walked into a local store (which shall remain nameless) the other day, looking for an eye patch. It was the day after Halloween, but I needed the eye patch as part of a costume I was wearing for a Henry County Moose Lodge show that night (I was... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:15:04 EST A photographer can only do so much http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150436325/A-photographer-can-only-do-so-much The headlights came up behind me on the long, dark stretch of road, and I got that sinking feeling as I saw the lights flashing in my rear view mirror. I pulled over, and the policeman came to my window. “Did you know you were going 60 in a 55... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 16:28:07 EST Grumbling about inefficient state government http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150436274/Grumbling-about-inefficient-state-government It's Halloween, so I've been composing my letter to the Great Pumpkin.This year, I'm grumbling about inefficient state government. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 16:25:02 EST Thank you for all you’ve done http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150436066/Thank-you-for-all-youve-done When it gets to be this time of year, it is hard not to get caught up in all of the hoopla that is the holiday season. There are Thanksgiving dinners to plan, Christmas shopping to finish (or start if you are like me) and so many things to get done... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 04:18:02 EST Disappearing lids and box tops http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150378011/Disappearing-lids-and-box-tops Around our house, you can forget about finding a jug of milk that has a lid on it. Likewise, you would be hard pressed to find a box of cereal that is not missing its box top. Don't even get me started about soup can labels. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:04:04 EST My love affair with coffee http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150378091/My-love-affair-with-coffee I've been in a love affair for most of my life. I started out younger than most, but I understood at a tender age the power of the attraction. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 06:07:02 EST Break-ups, rejections and school Ssootings: Educate youth for resiliency http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150377888/Break-ups-rejections-and-school-Ssootings:-Educate-youth-for-resiliency The tragic shooting on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Marysville-Pilchuck High School outside of Seattle reignited public conversations about the factors that prompt young people to commit mass murders on school grounds. As usual, these conversations... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 06:58:02 EST Allowing the seeds of self-destruction to grow http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150352600/Allowing-the-seeds-of-self-destruction-to-grow I've heard a well-known radio personality often claim liberalism's destructive. Sun, 2 Nov 2014 06:31:02 EST A mother’s tough choice http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150352465/A-mothers-tough-choice Tuesday morning I put my son on the school bus and headed to Upson County. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 06:28:03 EST Penny ponders… The Georgia National Fair http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150352309/Penny-ponders-The-Georgia-National-Fair There is nothing like the sights and sounds of the Georgia National Fair in Perry. It is a place for families, friends and fun. Coming in the west gate, the afternoon sunshine glittered diamonds off of the lake. Paddle boats are one of our favorite... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:21:03 EST Fireplaces bring back fond memories http://thomastontimes.com/news/editorial-opinion/150293925/Fireplaces-bring-back-fond-memories It's funny what you remember from childhood. Some memories are fuzzy, but others are as vivid as an Imax movie that comes rushing back at a sound or smell. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:41:05 EST