Thomaston Times- RSS opinion Feed Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:04:00 EST 1800 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 Some different things I’m thankful for Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving, the one day we are reminded and encouraged to give thanks for all of the blessings we have been given throughout the year. This is an easy task to me, as I fully realize I have a lot in my life to be thankful for... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:01:03 EST (No heading) To the Editor: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:58:02 EST What Thanksgiving is truly all about If a person is asked what they are most thankful for, nearly one-hundred percent of the time they mention family. Thus it was appropriate that one particular Thanksgiving, I found myself in the birthing room at a hospital, waiting for the arrival of... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:55:01 EST 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 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 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 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 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? 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?’ 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 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