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Good for Hood

July 11, 2015

To submit a Good in Hood, go to www.hcnews.com and click on Submit a Good in Hood at the very top.

Your full name will be printed along with your Good in Hood submission. If you want to Sound Off on issues, please submit a Letter to the Editor at [email protected]

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Volunteer firefighters’ sacrifices, dangers often not appreciated

July 11, 2015

Imagine you saved someone’s life, and they looked down on you for it.

Picture subjecting yourself to imminent danger in order to help a neighbor, and they scoffed at you.

Think about how you would feel if you routinely sacrificed your free time, family time and sleep time in order to serve your community, without getting paid for it, and people insulted you because of it.

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Joe Heller

July 11, 2015
Joe Heller

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Lang blaming all except herself

July 4, 2015

It’s been quite a week in Hood County.

We were all over the news. Or rather, our county clerk, Katie Lang, was all over the news.

And not in a good way.

Lang completely bungled not only her handling of last week’s Supreme Court ruling that gay marriages are legal, but the fallout that naturally resulted from her defiance of that ruling.

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Conservatives can rethink topics without ditching beliefs

July 4, 2015

For some conservatives like me, recent controversies may have felt a little like a series of minor earthquakes.

These topics are complex and can’t be fully covered in a single opinion column, but here are a few of my thoughts.

Both the Confederate flag issue and the same-sex marriage debate have opened up subjects that many conservatives may not have pondered.

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Letters to the Editor

July 4, 2015

Freedom to read books

A public library exists to give everyone the opportunity to decide want to read – including books that others might find offensive, blasphemous or inappropriate.

The First Amendment gives us the right to disagree with each other about all manner of political and social issues, including what’s in particular books.

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Eradicating symbol of hatred is move in right direction

June 27, 2015
Eradicating symbol of hatred is move in right direction

Dylann Roof brought about two things he had no intention of accomplishing when he opened fire in a Bible study gathering in South Carolina.

One of those things was that, instead of creating the race war he wanted, church members and families of his nine black victims provided the nation with an astonishing example of love and forgiveness.

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Was hiring system fair?

June 20, 2015

The minute Michael Reilly spotted the job posting, he felt it washisjob.

With 20 years of law enforcement experience, he felt sure that he could make a difference as a Hood County juvenile probation officer. He submitted an application, and waited.

Now 50, Reilly retired from law enforcement at just 48.

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This day in June, library took stance against censorship

June 20, 2015
This day in June, library took stance against censorship

Editorials usually focus on what’s wrong. This one is more about what went right.

This week, the Hood County Library Advisory Board and Library Director Courtney Kincaid refused to give in to censorship.

The HCN applauds them for not bowing to pressure from those who tried to control our reading material.

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Letters to the Editor

June 20, 2015
Letters to the Editor

Ruby Inez English Willis

Nov. 12, 1926-May 28, 2015

This was my mama.

She was born in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. She had four brothers and five sisters. They also are gone, except for three sisters.

Growing up she and her family had nothing. The things we take for granted – phone, electricity, running water, gas and probably other things.

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