Thomaston Times- RSS OPINION Feed Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:05:59 EST 1800 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 ‘California Dreaming’ is stuck in my head Have you ever had a song to stick in your mind like a sonic tattoo? The other morning when stepping out to feed the chickens, the grass was so thick with dew that my shoes looked as if I'd waded in a creek. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 07:31:05 EST A logical answer I was walking down the hall to my office when I heard someone call my name. I turned and saw a young couple coming quickly toward me. As they came closer, I recognized them. They had been my students a couple of years earlier. They had worked in the... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 07:31:06 EST Penny ponders: Personalities and pets Even short weekend vacations leave us to decide what to do with the animals. The animals: two dogs, one cat, and one goldfish. The two dogs have their own vacation; they are boarded at their favorite place. The cat, Sallie, and Goldie, the goldfish,... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 07:31:02 EST The moral decay is spreading It troubles me to see the moral decay spreading across our land. I once read the book “Prayers Of Our Presidents” by Jerry MacGregor and Marie Prys. America was founded by those who believed in Christian principles, by those who had a... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 17:27:03 EST Don’t stop pursuing your passions It's time for school to start.Dusty alarm clocks will ring. Traffic will increase. Routines will change.And hundreds of teachers around this circuit will return to the task of challenging young people to learn. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 17:30:04 EST Their lack of logic astounds me Sometimes the logic, or lack of logic, of computer manufacturers astounds me. For example, in the early 90's, we bought a Macintosh from Apple. It was a package deal and came with a printer. I was all excited to get it hooked up and working. I... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 17:22:10 EST Life is full of bumpy roads Life is messy. The view from the highroad is more scenic, but there are always detours, and I find myself on bumpy roads more than I'd like. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:23:02 EST Don’t swing a dull axe There is an old Irish story about two lumberjacks. One was huge, muscular, and used a big axe. The other was much smaller, but more efficient with each swing of the axe, utilizing a more surgical approach. Each of the men far surpassed all of the... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:16:02 EST Thoughts on the hubbub around Tobin The protest and debate over the incident in which Thomaston Police Officer Philip Tobin tasered Kelsey Rockemore is continuing as the city waits for the investigation by the GBI into Tobin's actions to be completed. The Times has tried to... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:16:04 EST The new paint job The little white house down the street was old and the paint was peeling. The owner had put on a light green tin roof many years ago, but he had never done much more to fix it up. We were excited when a new family bought it, and they decided to... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:22:03 EST We need Facetime protocol I'm sure you have heard of Facetime. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:25:00 EST