Middlesboro Daily News- RSS OPINION Feed http://middlesborodailynews.com/section/OPINION http://middlesborodailynews.com/section/OPINION Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:43:07 EST 1800 Proud sweep of history http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150191740/Proud-sweep-of-history Pay attention to this moment. This week alone stands as proud evidence of Western Civilization's inevitable march toward freedom and equality. Collectively, we have resisted, fought, even slipped backward at times. But eventually, we are always... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:35:08 EST Horrors of the justice system http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150182616/Horrors-of-the-justice-system Several years ago, a police court judge we will call Billy T. was presiding and threw a man in jail for not paying his bills. His young lawyer immediately objected and said, “Judge, the United States Supreme Court said you can't put people... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:33:09 EST Aging trees http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/home_top-opinion_columns/150182552/Aging-trees It is often assumed that small trees are young and large ones old. But I've seen large trees that were only 50 years old, and others the size of fence posts over 100. Individual trees grow at different rates based on their genetics and growing... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:32:11 EST Reduce flu risk by getting shot http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150191698/Reduce-flu-risk-by-getting-shot Anyone who has ever had the flu knows how horrible it makes you feel. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:31:07 EST Who is the enemy? http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/home_top-opinion_columns/150204905/Who-is-the-enemy Malala Yousafzai, 17, of Pakistan shared the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 10, with Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi (the $1.1 million prize will be split with Satyarthi). You might respond with, “Why should I care? All... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:36:04 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150176982/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2014. There are 74 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:01:22 EST Safety a priority for any sport http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150205075/Safety-a-priority-for-any-sport Few things are as sacrosanct to so many people as high school football.That's what makes the decision by a New Jersey school to shut down the season in response to allegations of sexual abuse all that more empowering. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:12:14 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150176915/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Friday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2014. There are 75 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:01:20 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150176870/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2014. There are 76 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:01:29 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150158798/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2014. There are 77 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:01:10 EST Finger pointed in wrong direction http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150159714/Finger-pointed-in-wrong-direction The Bell County Board of Education would like to express appreciation to the health department nurses and other personnel that have served in our schools for the past 20 years. They were always professional, treated our students, parents and staff... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:07:02 EST The meaning of US citizenship http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150109917/The-meaning-of-US-citizenship In recent years, the concept of U.S. citizenship has figured in public debate largely in connection with immigration reform. Should immigrants who are in the country illegally be given a “path to citizenship”? Should children born to... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:00:12 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150143051/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2014. There are 78 days left in the year.Today's Highlights in History: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:10:03 EST Depression: A serious health issue that can’t be ignored http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150143635/Depression:-A-serious-health-issue-that-cant-be-ignored The recent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams has helped bring attention to a major health issue in this country. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, almost 7 percent of Americans had at least one major episode of depression... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:57:05 EST Military must do more on assaults http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150109875/Military-must-do-more-on-assaults The study was done in Los Angeles, but there is no reason to believe that its findings aren't applicable elsewhere — including Texas. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:56:07 EST Looking back at America http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150143098/Looking-back-at-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. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:56:05 EST Protect or lose freedom http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150143087/Protect-or-lose-freedom Religious entities benefit from being in America. In most cases they enjoy 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. This means Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, Muslims and all other churches, synagogues, temples and mosques do not pay taxes. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:52:06 EST Stink bugs are entering homes http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/home_top-opinion_columns/150123743/Stink-bugs-are-entering-homes Dropping temperatures force insects to start seeking shelter, which means Kentucky homeowners are already getting some unwanted visitors. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:26:02 EST Commemorating the Vietnam era http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150109642/Commemorating-the-Vietnam-era Most of us seldom think about the Vietnam War. Few of the under 50 crowd can find Vietnam on a map or know what the Vietnam War was even about. But for many who fought there — or families who lost loved ones — it is thought about every... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:54:05 EST Diagnosis is breast cancer http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/home_top-opinion_columns/150123196/Diagnosis-is-breast-cancer As young girls, we know the importance of breasts. The media makes certain that we never forget the message that firm, perky, larger-than-necessary breasts are essential if we are to be considered desirable. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:21:07 EST