Middlesboro Daily News- RSS OPINION Feed http://middlesborodailynews.com/section/OPINION http://middlesborodailynews.com/section/OPINION Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:46:18 EST 1800 Season for mindless consumerism http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150938770/Season-for-mindless-consumerism By Jill RichardsonContributing ColumnistI love giving gifts when they're from the heart. But I hate giving or receiving presents if they're things nobody needs, given out of a sense of obligation. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:23:05 EST Have a meaningful Christmas this year http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150860661/Have-a-meaningful-Christmas-this-year Christmas is less than a week away. Are you ready? Still have some last minute things to take care of? Personally, I find myself agreeing with Dr. Seuss when he wrote:“How did it get so late so soon? Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:25:04 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150938483/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2014. There are 11 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:11:06 EST It’s Christmas and… http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150937442/Its-Christmas-and It's Christmas and I think of church pageants, the treat from the United Mine Workers of America and the little scrubby pine that my brother Bill and I chopped down with a hatchet and decorated with cotton balls. And then there are the negatives... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:20:05 EST Feds ignore own law on property rights http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150932017/Feds-ignore-own-law-on-property-rights Interior Secretary Sally Jewell should explain why the Office of Surface Mining is subverting the federal law that created it and trying to reinstate the pernicious broad form deed that Kentucky repealed in 1988. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:17:12 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150931756/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Friday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2014. There are 12 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:08:06 EST Christmas traditions from the forest http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150933610/Christmas-traditions-from-the-forest Man's reverence of trees goes back a long time. As we enjoy the coming holidays, reflect on how interwoven forest plants are with Christmas symbols and traditions. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:29:02 EST Poinsettias are a holiday staple http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150933513/Poinsettias-are-a-holiday-staple Poinsettias are synonymous with the holiday season. Their bright red, pink or white leaves are beautiful as standalone plants or as components of bigger holiday displays. It may surprise many to know that in their native climate, this subtropical... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:27:13 EST Hoover faces challenge in House http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150931677/Hoover-faces-challenge-in-House The Kentucky Republican Party failed miserably in achieving its top legislative goal for the 2014 General Election. Not only did the GOP fail to achieve a majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time since 1921, it did not gain... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:02:03 EST Congress defunds Internet giveaway http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150931922/Congress-defunds-Internet-giveaway No sooner had the omnibus bill's language been dropped, including language defunding the Internet giveaway, than advocates were urging the National Information and Telecommunications Administration (NTIA) to simply ignore the clear prohibition,... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:57:03 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150916572/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2014. There are 13 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:43:04 EST Time to discuss financial preparations? http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150918700/Time-to-discuss-financial-preparations During the holiday season, you no doubt have a lot going on in your life — work functions, gatherings with friends and neighbors, tracking down the elusive “perfect gift,” etc. But you may find it valuable to add one more event to... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:58:03 EST Russia on the precipice http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150916482/Russia-on-the-precipice Russian President Vladimir Putin, who loves to strut on the world stage, appears intent on regaining his nation's lost stature. But the reality is that Russia is a nation in decline. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:34:06 EST Obama goes around Congress http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150916780/Obama-goes-around-Congress A new Obama executive order effectively legislates climate change. Not content with Congress's unwillingness to legislate on climate change to his expectations, the president issued a November 1, 2014, executive order that creates a de facto... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:33:03 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150900549/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2014. There are 14 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:05:06 EST Shunning vs. torturing http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150900583/Shunning-vs.-torturing For seven years Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner have shunned President Barrack Obama and Democrat Sen. Harry Reid. Except for the Affordable Healthcare Plan, McConnell and Boehner have successfully blocked any... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:52:08 EST Suit over illegal file sharing hits wrong note http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150900466/Suit-over-illegal-file-sharing-hits-wrong-note The entertainment industry spent years suing Internet users, file-sharing companies and websites over illegal music and movie downloading while the companies that make high-speed downloads possible —broadband providers such as Time Warner Cable... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:57:06 EST Not as bad as you think http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150900776/Not-as-bad-as-you-think We are one glum country. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:55:08 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150883472/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2014. There are 15 days left in the year. The Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, begins at sunset. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:18:03 EST America falls behind China http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150883530/America-falls-behind-China Many of us heard the news on Dec. 4. America is no longer No. 1. We are now No. 2. The Chinese economy overtook our economy to become the largest in the world. We've been the leading economic power for about 150 years but times have changed. We... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:46:04 EST