Columns/Opinions

Wed
16
Jan

Rescuing marriage from the liberals

Scott Morefield:

I try not to be a judgmental person. Especially of late, I typically prefer to leave the obnoxious moralizing, shallow virtue-signaling, and hysterical hand-wringing to the Leftists, who after decades of godlessness finally seem to have what’s ‘moral’ and ‘immoral’ down pat, being high priests and priestesses of their own invented ‘religion,’ after all. But I try to live and let live, respecting other people’s viewpoints and understanding that, though I may see the world through a particular lens, others may see things in an entirely different way.  

Wed
09
Jan

Newspapers remain important source for small communities

THE COUNTRY EDITOR

We’d like to take a few minutes of your time to remind our readers how important and valuable their community newspaper is to them.

Community newspapers boost the local economy – both through advertising and in news coverage. They showcase community businesses at a time we need to be shopping locally, investing in the community and protecting local jobs. They allow “mom and pop” businesses to reach their most likely customers.

Community newspapers report on “good news” - news of Scout projects, civic club fundraisers, little-league registration, chamber of commerce happenings, church bake sales and students who make the Honor Roll or Dean’s List.

 

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Wed
09
Jan

The left will make 2019 a dark year

Dennis Prager:

I rarely make predictions -- whether of election results or anything else. My policy has always been to say what I believe should be done, not what will be done.

I am making an exception with regard to America in 2019.

2019 will be a dark year in America.

Wed
02
Jan

The highlight of my Christmas

The country editor

As editor, I get invited to many activities during the Christmas holidays. I always enjoy the senior citizens Christmas dinners held in all four of our towns and getting to visit with old friends and make new ones.

I enjoy a lot of the activities in our community during the Christmas season, and then when family gathers at my home on Christmas day.

But this year there was a special event that quickly became the highlight of my Christmas 2018. It was the “Old Fashioned Christmas at Eden Chapel” held Sunday afternoon before Christmas.

The celebration began when a little before 4 p.m. the children present were asked to come to the back of the church to ring the church bell. They said this was the practice when the church was in full operating mode to signal that it was about time to start services.

 

Wed
02
Jan

Medicare rationing starts New Year’s Day

Andrew Quinlan:

Free market proponents have long argued that government involvement in health care ultimately leads to rationing. Bureaucrats at the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) are now proving them right by allowing partnered insurance companies to interfere with the recommendations of doctors without safeguards or patient protections.

The new policy, dubbed “fail first,” permits insurers to force Medicare patients to initially try a cheaper treatment course, only paying for their doctor’s original plan if the first treatment fails.

This new “policy” raises a range of troubling questions, including:

• How many patients will suffer painful or adverse side effects from cheaper medicines when insurance companies overrule doctors to pad their bottom line.

 

 

Wed
26
Dec

Baby, it’s crazy outside

Bill Murchison

As Cole Porter slyly reminds us: “In olden days a glimpse of stocking / Was looked on as something shocking / Now heaven knows / Anything goes ....”

Well, you know, depending on the state of Puritan politics at a given moment. The Puritan habit of scolding -- and gazing sourly upon -- others for improper behavior is a human constant. And not just among longfaced conservatives, I beg to point out.

Wed
26
Dec

Marriage: It takes a willage

Kira Davis:

This week my husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage.

This may sound curmudgeonly but when the subject of our anniversary first came up, I poo-pooed the idea of a big celebration. After all, what’s the difference between 20 years and 21 years? Or 19 years? We’ve been at this a long time now, with no plans to quit. It’s just a number.

Wed
19
Dec

Thinking about what’s right in America

Star Parker:

Amid this holiday season of reflection, I’m thinking about America’s future.

A new poll from Gallup serves up some sobering data regarding how young Americans feel about their country.

Gallup asked the question, “Do you think the U.S. has a unique character that makes it the greatest country in the world, or don’t you think so?”

Eighty percent said “yes,” America is the greatest country, in 2010 and 78 percent said yes in 2018.

However, among 18- to 34-year-olds, 80 percent said yes in 2010 but this dropped by 18 percentage points in 2018 to 62 percent.

 

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Wed
19
Dec

Yes, Virginia…there is a Santa Claus!

THE COUNTRY EDITOR

 

One of my favorite articles at Christmas time is one written by the editor of The Sun newspaper way back in the year 1897 - more than one hundred years ago.

The Christmas classic was the letter from an 8-year-old girl inquiring if there really is a Santa Claus and the answer the wise editor penned those many years ago.

Following is a repeat of that favorite.

 

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Wed
19
Dec

Why we can’t have nice things

Derek Hunter:

Liberals are now suffering under the heel of the monster they created to attack the rest of us just trying to mind our own business, and it’s a beautiful thing. But it’s also really sad and a sign that things will get much worse for all of us before they get any better.

Most people don’t care about the Oscars. As the ratings have shown, fewer and fewer people each year watch them. This is due, in part, to the fact that the Oscars hold so many of us in contempt – political lectures and condescension are more common in acceptance speeches than thanking a manager.

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