Columns/Opinions

Wed
12
Dec

Political correctness reach ridiculous level

By Sammy J. Franklin

Debate surrounding political correctness has reached new and ridiculous levels putting some of our favorite Christmas tunes and favorite Christmas movies at risk.

First they went after Disney movies, and now they’re taking aim at another childhood favorite: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”  

The Christmas classic had its seasonal premiere on CBS recently. And while most were excited to sit around the TV, wrapped in a fuzzy blanket, a cup of hot cocoa in hand as the festive film played, not everyone was pleased to see Rudolph’s return.  

 

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Wed
12
Dec

Fitting tribute to a fine man

By Stephen Waguespack

Last week, we lost a true American hero and public servant with the passing of George H. W. Bush at the age of 94. One thing that should be clear to anyone who has learned about his life is that his accomplishments in business, the military and politics pale in comparison to his record as a true gentleman and devoted family man. Especially in light of today’s world where civility, respect and integrity seem all too hard to find at times, recalling the character traits of this unique leader is a timely learning opportunity.  

Along those lines, I decided I would reach out to a friend of mine who had a special relationship with the former President to hear what he thought about the legacy of the man known to many as 41. My friend Christian Rhodes, who as a child had the opportunity to develop a relationship with the President due to his father’s public service under President Bush, sent me the following response:

Wed
05
Dec

Truth about the Christian Right?

Michael Brown:

According to actor Jim Carrey, America will soon “find out once and for all that the Christian right has never been about morality, it’s been about holding on to power and using morality to do so.” Was he right?

Let’s say that Carrey was talking about conservative, primarily white, evangelicals. Is it true that they (or, we) have been more interested in holding on to power than standing for morality? And is it true that they (or, we) simply use morality as a means to an end?

The answer is absolutely, categorically not – and I can say this as someone who would be classified as part of the “Christian right” and who knows many of the leaders in the so-called “Christian right.” I can also say this as someone who raised a question very similar to Carrey’s in my recent book on Trump and evangelicals. (In other words, I am not tone deaf to the accusation.)

 

 

Wed
05
Dec

Trump is right about Judges

Kurt Schlichter:

Call it an “aspirational lie,” the kind of lie that an establishment-type tells you that is manifestly, obviously, what-the-hellare-you-kidding-me false, but he/she/xe tells it to you anyway because he/she/xe really really really wants it to be true and because he/she/xe does not want to admit that his/her/xir institution is broken. Take Justice John Souter Roberts’s astonishingly untrue statement from last week:

We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”

Wed
05
Dec

“A date which will live in infamy . . .”

The Country Editor

On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the American Army and Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The attack came as a surprise to the American Army and Navy and lead to great losses of life and equipment.

This Friday, Dec. 7, will mark 77 years since that fatal day in the history of our country, and the world.

More than 2,000 American citizens were killed and more than 1,000 were injured. The Americans also lost a large proportion of their battle ships and nearly 200 aircraft that were stationed in the Pacific region. More than 60 Japanese servicemen were killed, injured or captured. The Japanese Navy also lost five midget submarines and 29 aircraft.

 

 

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Wed
28
Nov

The salty sailor and the fireman

By Sammy J. Franklin

The Country Editor

Read this once, pause for a minute or two to think honestly about it, then read it again. I can find no fault with it...

The views this mother has about Donald Trump are much like many other people. Her characterization of Trump as the “Salty Sailor” or as The Fireman paint an excellent picture!!  

She has written many great books about her son and family. These are comments from Karen Vaughn, mother of Aaron Vaughn, Navy Seal.

Sometimes God uses the no-nonsense, salty sailor to get the job done. Appreciating what the man is doing doesn’t mean we worship the salty sailor or even desire to be like the salty sailor.  It doesn’t even mean God admires the salty sailor.  Maybe He just knows he’s necessary for such a time as this.

 

Wed
28
Nov

Michael Reagan: Escaping the politics of anger

I realize the Democrats took over the House, which is not new news.

But I’m tired of hearing Nancy Pelosi and other liberals in Congress say that now we need to start working together. Now we need bipartisanship.

Really? Where have they been for the last umpteen years?

Since at least 2016, I haven’t noticed the Democrats clamoring for compromise and cooperation in Washington or on CNN.

Suddenly Nancy Pelosi wants to practice bipartisanship? Yeah, right.

 

 

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Wed
21
Nov

America deserves better in elections

Ken Blackwell:

Another critical election. Another electoral failure in Florida. Another vote counting disaster in Broward County.

Some Americans suspect fraud, indeed Broward County looks like a banana republic. The latest ballot debacle may be a result of carelessness or incompetence, rather than fraud. But election officials unable to do their job just invite abuse.  

A botched vote undermines confidence in American democracy. There is no more vital act for a citizen than to elect his or her local, state and national leaders.  

 

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Wed
21
Nov

Special message for Thanksgiving

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good.”

- Ps. 118-1

Thanksgiving is the most personal of all the holidays. Poor indeed is the soul that does not have cause to give thanks.

Several years ago I ran a column based on a devotion I led at my church on the night before Thanksgiving in 1983. I have revised that column for this week’s Thanksgiving edition.

I would like to share with you a few of the blessings I enjoy. I have listed them in no particular order. May they serve to call attention to some blessings you have but may have forgotten.

 

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Wed
14
Nov

Which “Tater People” do you identify with?

By Sammy J. Franklin

We all can be considered “Tater People” and the question is, which category do you fall into?

Some people never seem motivated to participate, but are just content to watch while others do the work. They are called “Spec Taters”.

Some people never do anything to help, but are gifted at finding fault with the way others do the work. They are called “Comment Taters”.

Some people are very bossy and like to tell others what to do, but don’t want to soil their own hands. They are called “Dick Taters”.

Some people are always looking to cause problems by asking others to agree with them. It is too hot or too cold, too sour or too sweet. They are called “Agie Taters”.

 

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