Opinion

Every window a stage

Rick Ryckeley's picture

It could’ve been entitled “A Snapshot of Small Town America: A Short Film Suitable for All Ages.” Admission was free — free for all who had taken the time to sit, sip, and simply watch the show.

Sipping a vanilla chai and enjoying the ambiance the small town coffee shop had to offer, I sat and pondered how seemingly simple yet complex the world outside the picture window was. Having nothing better to do, I decided to watch for awhile.

First on the world stage outside the window, a middle-aged lady wearing a skin-tight shirt sauntered by announcing “Bringing Sexy Back.”

She wasn’t. Read More»

Get ready

David Epps's picture

Several days ago, a 15-year-old young lady said that she hadn’t decided what to give up for Advent. After a brief discussion, we clarified the fact that she had confused Advent with Lent. However she wasn’t exactly wrong. Read More»

What we can learn from Maxwell-McCarty tiff

Claude Paquin's picture

Anyone who has ever taken a course on how to use a computer program of one kind or another knows how, during the presentation, unexpected problems can pop up. That might upset a lot of people, but I once had an instructor who viewed every glitch as a ULO, an “unscheduled learning opportunity.” We all ended up learning something we didn’t intend to, and nobody got upset. Read More»

Justice is done in Connecticut

Dr. John A. Sparks's picture

Dr. William Petit stood on the steps of the New Haven Superior Court House in early November. A jury had just recommended the death penalty for one of the men who had assaulted and murdered his wife and daughters.

Though it was not his intent, he made such a compelling case for capital punishment that his remarks may well be regarded as having significantly stopped any momentum that the anti-capital punishment advocates have achieved in the last 45 years. Read More»

Duped again on North Korea . . .

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

North Korea is not an easy issue. I’ve dealt with it since the early 1990s, beginning at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. I had few answers then, and I still have few today.

It also is not a partisan issue. For over 60 years, Democrat and Republican presidents alike have suffered the daunting challenges posed by this belligerent dictatorship. Some responded weakly, some hawkishly, with neither party characterized by a single response. Read More»

A long line of know-it-alls

Ronda Rich's picture

I come from a long line of know-it-alls. Honestly, on both sides of my family, we can pretty much tell you anything you need to know for we know it all. Or so we believe.

Mama was Queen Know-It-All when she was alive. She was so good that you could count on her for any kind of medical or legal advice you needed – her doctoring book was always nearby – and if you were adventurous enough, she’d be happy to tell you how the IRS felt about this or that. Read More»

Whatever your politics, you will be moved by Infantry Museum

Loran Smith's picture

FT. BENNING – No matter the advances in equipment and tactics in a high-tech military world, in the end the ground troops, the foot soldiers, must close the deal.

Here on a wooded, 200-acre plot, a $100 million museum has been erected in tribute to the infantrymen of the Untied States Army. You could make a case that it is the greatest military show on earth and reminds you that the Army will always have a defining role in war. Read More»

Find it in Fayette this holiday season

This is a holiday letter, so I would love to be able to relate a touching tale of family and miracles to give you a catch in your throat and really drive home the importance of shopping locally. Unfortunately, I’m fresh out of those types of stories. Instead, I’ve got a medical analogy that may help illustrate how vital this issue is, now and year-round. Read More»

Paper’s main headline ‘flops’ with reader

Admittedly, I have not read every article in your paper this week. Actually I have only read two so far. I also understand typos are going to occur and I can overlook those OK. What I do have a bit more trouble overlooking are verbal faux pas in the form of misused words. Read More»

Ramsey’s punitive approach to illegals is the wrong solution

I was sorry to read in The Citizen that GOP leaders in the General Assembly plan to prioritize anti-immigrant legislation during its upcoming session [“Tighter rules for illegals studied,” 11/24/10]. I am especially dismayed that our own Rep. Matt Ramsey is bent on keeping us from spending “one penny to allow illegal immigrants to attend our schools.”

The massive influx of undocumented immigrants from Latin America in the past 15-20 years came in response to several related events: Read More»