Thomaston Times- RSS OPINION Feed Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:48:13 EST 1800 Life lessons from a pear tree I've had some setbacks in my professional career over the past few months and I guess it's only natural that I would ask myself some hard questions. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST What I’m looking for Ahhh. Spring is in the air. Out from among the brown, dead grass emerges tender green turf. Flowers push aside the brittle, dry leaves on the ground and rise from the soil. The landscape transforms with budding trees and… political... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Penny ponders: Girls’ weekend We planned to attend our first auction. It was “girls weekend” with Mom and daughter. With my husband out of state, I wanted to try something different and the auction sign called to us. But that wasn't until Saturday night. For me,... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Congratulations! Dear Editor, Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Reliable eye-witness testimony can’t be beat Some scholars are studying eye-witness testimony. They claim it is unreliable. They want legislation to restrict its use in court.I wish they could have heard the victim in a trial last week in Fayette. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Thank you To the Editor:It is such an honor to be chosen as District Clerk of the Year for the 4th, 5th and 6th Judicial Districts. It is always nice to be... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST A downhill bail out at Montreat I like watching the teens skate boarding at the skate park at the Civic Center. They do tricks I would never have tried when I was young. A group of them came before the Thomaston City Council last week to ask that the helmet requirement at the skate... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST 1964-2014: What have we learned? “With your courage and with your compassion and your desire, we will build a Great Society. It's a Society where no child will go unfed, and no youngster will go unschooled.” Sun, 6 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Updating: Inconsiderate As I've gotten older I've found that I'm slow to anger, but standing in line at a fast-food restaurant recently, an inconsiderate young woman in front of the line pushed me over the edge. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST To ‘bee’ or not to ‘bee…’ It seems as if Mother Nature has finally allowed springtime to make an appearance this week, just about a week and a half since its' original due date. However, I don't want to complain too much about the delay, for fear that the beautiful... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Heading to the big city “Dad,” my son said from the back of the van, “you need to go faster. Everyone is passing us.” Thu, 3 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Protecting the elderly I've said it before here and elsewhere.A government isn't worth much if it doesn't protect the most vulnerable members of society. I consider those groups to be children, the handicapped and the elderly. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Parting is such sweet sorrow I used to think I'd spend my entire career at one newspaper. A friend and mentor of mine, Herman Cawthon, who passed away a few years ago, did just that. Herman started working part-time at the Jackson Progress-Argus in 1947 when he was 15. When... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST California Dreaming Have you ever had a song to stick in your mind like an audible tattoo? The other morning when I stepped out to feed the chickens, the grass was so thick with dew that my shoes looked as if I'd been wading in a creek. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST A glimpse at newspaper decline I had a paper route when I was a boy. I rose early on weekends, stuffed a bag full of newspapers, threw it over my head, and set out to deliver the news to my customers. I enjoyed delivering papers, but I didn't care for the collection process. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Penny ponders: Buried in a book I love books! If only we had more than one lifetime. There just isn't enough time to read everything I want to read. I remember a time I was embarrassed to declare my love of books. It was one of those ice breaker times in ninth grade when... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST A funeral and a memory I went to a funeral this week for my former high school teacher, Sam Christiansen. It brought back lots of memories, some different than you might expect. The main one was not even from school. It was from the summer before my junior... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Letters to the Editor To the Editor: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Five things your parents didn’t mean to teach you Parents do the best they can to raise you with the tools they have. Many parents would be shocked to know that their children were little sponges, soaking up every word and action and interpreting it in their own way. Since each brain and view of the... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Why am I here? Does anyone know? Have you ever asked yourself the question: Why am I here? I sometimes feel like I've moved along as though I were floating down the river of life on a rubber raft. Bad weather and torrential rains changed my course and often tossed me onto the... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST