Thomaston Times- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:43:08 EST 1800 Police Officers: Authority and Accountability America is not a police state. This is not a country in which the arm of justice is empowered to pursue arbitrary and selfish goals. Instead, America is a land of laws that restrict harm, damage, selfishness, and the arbitrary use of force by police... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:20:51 EST A clash of attitudes A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the retrial of two armed robbers/kidnappers. The courts had overturned their earlier convictions because of an undisclosed relationship between the judge and the lawyer of one of the defendants. We convicted them... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:15:51 EST To Brayden from Ah: ‘Happy Birthday!’ On this day three years ago, a very special boy came into my life. My nephew, Brayden, was born on January 23, 2012 and my dream of becoming an aunt finally came true. Nothing has brought me more joy than watching him grow up and I cannot believe that... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:10:51 EST Just put it in my quilt scrap box To get into a quilt scrap box in the old days was not an easy job. A garment went through several siblings and maybe several generations. It had to reach the title of Worn-Out-Hand-Me-Down-With-The-Buttons-Removed before it could be recycled into a... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:10:51 EST The trip when Paul sang There are two kinds of vacations.One is the refreshing type. You go to a place where the weather is beautiful. Then, you do nothing. When you get home, you are rested, energized, inspired and ready to conquer the world. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 03:20:51 EST Penny ponders: Families that play together I have learned not to hum, “Can't touch This” while obliterating my two sons, daughter, husband, and son's buddy at the card game 'Cover Your Assets. ' I don't know the lyrics, but as I drew the good cards... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:05:51 EST When life pays us back in kind With the celebration of Pioneer Days approaching, I like to take out my old family history book and read a story or two. One in particular that I enjoy is the story of my Great-Great Grandmother, Liza. Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:27:03 EST Yes Virginia, there is a Christ in Christmas Christmas isn't about mistletoe, roasting chestnuts, or some fat guy sliding down the chimney. It's more like “Peace on earth; goodwill toward man.” It's the birth of Christ. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 06:19:01 EST 10 reasons why I love Christmas Christmas is so close I can almost smell the hot cider. This is a busy time of year for almost everyone so I thought it was a perfect time to pause for a moment to list 10 things that I love about Christmas – these things are not bound by time,... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 06:23:02 EST Is the GOP the Religion Party? National exit polling from Congressional races tells us some interesting things about the role of religious values in the 2014 midterm elections. It also sends a signal to the Republican Party about its supporters now and in the future. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 04:10:02 EST Scouting opens doors for children I had meetings in Savannah this week. I love Savannah. It has food. It has cool shops It has ghost tours. It has trolley cars, pirate legends, horse-drawn carriages, cobblestone streets, parks with live oak trees covered in Spanish moss. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 04:08:02 EST Penny ponders: Trimming the tree I was asked if every ornament that spread across the dining room table needed to be on the tree. “Yes, every one!” I'd picked out a ton of memories and I wanted them squeezed onto every square inch of each and every branch. Every... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:06:03 EST (No heading) Dear Editor: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 02:18:06 EST The times have changed in America During the past century, we changed from a rural society to one that is now 80 percent urban. Our lives have changed. A trip down memory lane to a village I once knew reveals some of the changes. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 03:45:02 EST What is your ‘pet peeve?’ I called a local store the other day to speak to a particular salesperson who had given her card to my girlfriend. The female person who answered the phone said this salesperson was at lunch. Then she asked, “Can I get your number so she can... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:55:02 EST Catching up on old photographs I stumbled upon a cache of old photographs of Jilda's family this week. She'd almost broken a hip trying to get sweaters out of the depths of my closet. From the darkness, I could hear muffled curses and unkind words about the way I stored... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:50:03 EST A crusade for the world’s children How desperate would you have to be to send your child on a long hazardous journey knowing that you may never see the child again? The U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended more than 52,000 children during the past ten months who were traveling without... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 06:47:01 EST My 10 best days of the year I was surfing online the other day and came across an article entitled “The Ten Best Days of the Year for Men.” I don't remember who wrote it, and it didn't go into much detail about why they decided to write it, but they just... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 06:44:03 EST