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It’s hard to believe we need to have this conversation in this day and age. But if we don’t keep having it, at some point we might not be allowed to have it. Question: What is free speech? Or, … more
For as long as newspapers have been in existence, starting with the first one published in England in 1665, mistakes have shown up in most if not all of them. With few exceptions, none were made on … more
While listening to a conversation between two people in a local business, recently I overheard the terms “stubborn as a mule” and “blind as a bat,” phrases that most of us, depending on our … more
My Irish Baptist preacher dad had a girlfriend. She was 91 years young and known to all in our Missouri Ozark Baptist church as “Aint Cindy.” Cindy Baker had come from Indiana in a covered … more
It’s become a habit for me, and weirdly enough, my phone even knows it. My handheld device automatically pulls up the website early in the morning, so that all I have to do is roll over and click … more
I’m beginning this column with a quote, the origin of which I will reveal at its conclusion. As you read it, my guess is you will judge it as coming from one of those “fake news” media sources … more
All right, kids, our lesson for today will be devoted to the word “right,” possibly one of the most versatile words in the English language. While the basic definition for “right” as … more
Restoration. When I think of that word, my mind automatically drifts back to the year 1993 — the summer Steve and I got married. We didn’t have a lot of money to furnish our new home in North … more
Before blinking electronic turn signals were introduced into automobiles around 1940, hand signals were the primary method motorists used to signal to other drivers their intentions of turning left, … more
Those of you familiar with the prophets of the Old Testament are more than familiar with their plights. Some warned of disastrous events to come. Some spoke of current events and their impact on life … more
Hebrews 12:1,2 tells us to “run the race — the race that God Himself has chosen for us — with endurance, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.” That’s a pretty … more
I recently heard a radio broadcaster say the North Carolina Education Lottery that’s been around since 2005 and raised $5.5 billion in education funds is responsible for teaching today’s … more
The art of communication and the attendant skills to create thoughts and word pictures that capture readers’ imagination seem to be a slowly diminishing art these days. We have slowly become a … more
“I just feel like God is telling me to do this.” Ever heard someone say that? I have. In and of itself, it’s not a bad thing. God does, in fact, use our emotions on occasion to speak to us. … more
Last year, Florida attorney and philanthropist Hugh Culverhouse Jr. donated $26.5 million to the University of Alabama. The university, grateful for its largest private contribution ever, … more
Information, knowledge and facts are powerful tools for making changes in our society that often benefit those who feel voiceless, ignored or disenfranchised by the established powers that govern our … more
This week’s column will address several questions, comments and suggestions that have come across my desk (doesn’t that wording sound official?) from readers over the past few days in connection … more
“We are not supposed to judge,” is a remark often heard when people consider the rightness or wrongness of current lifestyles or practices such as sexual perversion, abortion, illegitimacy, … more
Father’s Day, that semi-holiday stuck sort of in-between and around Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July will be celebrated Sunday, June 14. … more
I felt most fortunate to be able to participate and play in team sports during my high school years. Our coach had placed a large sign over the basketball court time clock and scoreboard that read, … more
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