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Today's Opinions

  • Hospital: Patients and patience

    Trying to follow this controversy concerning Munroe Regional Medical Center is really challenging for those of us who are just simple folk. All these tales of leases and taxes and rankings, etc., can make us dizzy.
    I do know one thing. If the Munroe powers-that-be succeed in getting a new tax on the ballot in November, it hasn’t got a snowball’s chance in you-know-where of succeeding, especially in this economy, even if there are some who are willing to pay a little more for the success of the hospital.

  • Letters to the editor 4-20-2012

    True justice

  • Even at meetings, red light means stop

    If you've ever watched the television show "Law and Order," you've seen scenes from the Appellate Court and the state Supreme Court where both sides make their oral arguments.
    They stand in front of a podium which has three small lights, green, yellow and red, well in sight of the speaker.
    When he starts, the green light is on. When time is almost up, the yellow light comes on, and when time is up, the red light glows, and the lawyer immediately says thank you and sits down.

  • Simple honesty can fit on a bumper sticker

    If you are self-employed or retired you’ve already sent to the IRS your first estimated tax payment for 2012 - real money based on income you haven’t received yet.
    Meanwhile, living nearby are some of the 46 percent of Americans who paid no taxes for 2011 and are unlikely to pay any in 2012. Our system of taxation is mysterious and corrupt.

  • No more mail for Social Security

    Over the past few years, it’s been obvious that some people have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. Those of us who have websites and e-mails have been part of the effort to educate the public on the use of electronics.
    Now the federal government is getting in the act.
    As you can read elsewhere, beginning March 1, 2013, the feds will get rid of all paper checks for benefits, including Social Security. No longer will you be rushing to your mailbox on a certain day of the month to get that check and take it to the bank.

  • Letters to the editor 4-13-2012

    The private activities
    In a recent letter published in another local newspaper titled “Do more than protest,” the writer censured persons who protest abortion at the local abortion clinic. The writer has the right to their opinion in this matter.

  • Oil for the factories of China and India

    Oil For The Lamps of China is a movie that was released on my birthday in 1935. The story created an image of big oil as a business giant without a soul. Years later we discovered that the requirements for incorporation do not include evidence of a soul.

  • Veteran TV journalists are dying off

    Slowly and steadily, the old school of television journalists is dying off, leaving the superficial stars of today, many of whom are chosen for either their ability to out-shout their foes, or because they look pretty on the tube.
    Another icon of the television news business left us on Easter Sunday, when Mike Wallace, best known for his “60 Minutes” segments, died at the age of 93.