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Columns

  • Success takes more than leadership; it takes teamwork

    The most memorable part of 2016 (now matter how hard we try to forget) was the highly publicized and at many times, controversial, presidential election. While the results brought about equal parts celebration and panic, we can’t deny that politics on a local level in Grayson County did a better job of bringing people together — even in times of opposition and tragedy.

  • Winners don’t whine. They accept defeat with grace

    It’s been nine years since my daughter played her last varsity field hockey game. That means it’s been nearly a decade since I delivered my final stop-complaining-you-lost speech to her and whichever of her teammates were griping from my backseat.

    The girls won plenty of games. And when they did, there was no happier or more gracious crew. But when they lost, the vanquished players inevitably erupted in a Greek chorus of excuse-making.

    The other team cheated.

    The refs were biased.

    Their best player had cramps.

  • Millions could benefit from Health Insurance Marketplace

    By Jon D. Applebaum, CEO of Twin County Regional Healthcare

    Here’s some good news: When it comes to health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, millions of Americans benefit from federal financial assistance each year, and you may, too.

    Since its inception in 2013, the Affordable Care Act has helped approximately 20 million Americans gain affordable health insurance, 12.7 million of whom have enrolled in marketplace plans.

  • Give from the heart this holiday season

    One of the warmest feelings this time of year is sitting down for dinner with family and friends and celebrating the season.

    But, not everyone has the means to provide a hearty Christmas dinner. Unemployment, disability, sickness and the infirmities of age are the Grinches that so often rob this time of cheer.

    That’s where some true holiday heroes come in.

  • America must begin building

    The notion that a builder (President-elect Donald Trump) could combine with spenders (Democrats and a smattering of Republicans) on a massive infrastructure push has seized Washington’s imagination.

    “Here’s how President-elect Trump could unify a bitterly divided America,” announced James B. Stewart in a New York Times column. By providing “well-paying jobs to many of the millions of disaffected workers who voted for him, and lift the economy, stock market and tax rolls.”

  • Reasons for the Electoral College

    Every four years, American news is dominated by the presidential election. Pundits and analysts play up the drama, predict the outcome of the Electoral College, and endlessly analyze the results. Since the Republican candidate won the election, yet lost the popular vote by less than one percent, speculation has started on the purpose of the Electoral College.

  • Amercans' top job: bring country together again

    The well-worn conventional wisdom in America right now goes something like this: We’ve never been this politically divided.

    Nihilists and pundits will tell us that we’re so set in our rightish or leftish ways that Congress’s dysfunction is a result of the people’s philosophical rigidity. It’s a neat way of blaming citizens for the faults of their leaders.

    It’s all nonsense, of course.

  • Holidays a time to heal after stressful year

    By the time you read this, the giant, pulsing dark cloud of this year’s election will have finally passed over us… and I, for one, am looking forward to remembering what conversations were like before it happened.

    As usual, I am writing this column on a Sunday night, the eve of my Monday deadline for this paper — before the election — and when future me reads this in print later in the week, I just want to say to her: “At least it’s over.”

  • Last chance to register to vote

    Americans have perhaps never been as ideologically divided as they are in this election season.

    If that statement sounds familiar, it’s because you heard it during the 2012 election. Probably in 2008, too.

    Now, that divide has widened to a chasm that threatens to swallow up rational political discourse. As the two sides pull further apart on opposing sides of the abyss, it can be hard to even hear each other.

    Amid all the static, it can be easy to forget something vitally important — going out to vote on Nov. 8.

  • Festivals celebrate local character, bring communities together

    It’s that magical time of the year again: the leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping, our tasters are set for holiday treats and the streets are lined with vendors, performers and other fun things for families to enjoy just about every weekend.