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MILK PARTY: County celebrates its heritage this week

For the 51st time, Hopkins County will spend the next week celebrating its local dairy industry with the Hopkins County Dairy Festival. It is a week full of music, activities, pageantry and fun.

It is, in short, our heritage in full bloom.


GREEK LESSONS: There is much to learn

Now that the waters have somewhat calmed, let's hope President Obama and every member of Congress takes a good, long look at how the Greece economy not only tanked, but also nearly destroyed the European Union in the process.

If we don't learn from Greece's pain, this country could one day in the near future follow the same path.


EMERGENCY PLANS: You never know when the worst will happen

Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently unveiled his five-year Homeland Security Strategic Plan that sets the protocols and procedures for the state response to events from hurricanes to increased drug cartel violence. Critics immediately said the plan was over-the-top and unneeded.

We feel it is one of the smartest moves made by the Governor.


P.R. MISTAKE: Atheists need lessons

You can call organized atheists many, many things — but don't mistake them for marketing geniuses. When it comes to effective public relations, its all about positive messaging, unless, of course, you are with the Freedom From Religion Foundation.


CALMING THE STORM: Keep hysteria in check

The crisis in the Gulf of Mexico involving the wrecked rig Deepwater Horizon and an uncontrolled gushing of oil into the gulf could have serious repercussions when all is said and done. While no one would want to downplay the seriousness of the situation and the potential effects on both the environment and the economy of the region, we must make sure that hysteria doesn't overtake common sense in the coming months.

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