Columns/Opinions

Wed
15
Apr

Robert Charles: Faith during crisis – an American strength

Something odd is happening – or perhaps not so odd. The coronavirus is causing more Americans to seek out, rely on, and expressly draw comfort from prayer – placing their faith in a loving God’s mercy. This is not a matter of conjecture, but survey-supported fact.

According to the non-partisan Pew Foundation, more Americans admit they are turning to prayer in this coronavirus crisis than at any recent time. Just as during the height of World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, Americans are revisiting faith.

In 2017, the Pew Foundation reported, after surveying 35,000 Americans, that 63 percent were “absolutely certain” in their faith, 20 percent “fairly certain.” Of that group, the majority were Christians – not surprising in a nation where 70 percent identify as Christian. Still, parallel numbers attached to other major faiths.

 

Wed
15
Apr

Confession of a Country Editor

Confession of a Country Editor

Looking back at some older columns penned by your editor, I ran across one that ran about 25 years ago titled “confession of a country editor”. Following is that column.

“I have a confession to make. I love weekly newspapers. Specifically, I love country weeklies. And I guess I have since I was 15 years old and started at the newspaper in Columbia as a printer’s devil (a phase used to identify someone learning the business).

Let me tell you why I love country weeklies. A country weekly newspaper is not your run-of-the-mill institution. By nature, we survive only in sparsely settled, out-of-the-way pockets of humanity. Generally speaking, we represent the only written history of the community we serve.

 

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Wed
08
Apr

Dogs, Guns Important During Early Living

Dogs, Guns Important During Early Living

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Dogs and guns were important in the lives of the people in our community. My memories of happenings involving dogs and guns are numerous.

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Wed
08
Apr

“Parked Out Back”

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Joe’s red truck is parked behind his house. It hasn’t moved in days.

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Wed
01
Apr

Dennis Prager: Suggestions for this difficult time

Dennis Prager: Suggestions for this difficult time

(Editor’s Note: This column was submitted mid-last week. Things are changing day by day in the USA.)

Since we are all stuck at home for weeks, here are some suggestions to help you and help America.

Watch less news. Interview and opinion shows on TV and talk radio shows that add to one’s understanding of the situation can be valuable. But watching depressing, panic-inducing news about COVID-19 24/7 will only make you jittery, anxious and depressed. It’s good for the news networks’ ratings, but it’s bad for your mental health.

Wed
01
Apr

Aging with a sense of humor

Aging with a sense of humor

I know everyone has heard enough about the coronavirus pandemic. That is all you can hear if you tune your television into any of the major news networks.

And since today is April fool’s day, I was thinking about what I would write about.

First, I thought about Larry Evans. His birthday was on April 1st and I would always stop by the radio station on my way to the office and ask him how it felt to be his age. I wanted to know because I would turn the same age in two months.

Thinking of Larry and all the funny moments we shared, I thought I might devote my column this week to talking about aging with a sense of humor. Getting older can sometimes mean finding more funny things in life. Here are a few things about turning older that I found on the Internet.

 

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Wed
25
Mar

Liberals content to watch it all burn

It seems quaint, even a little funny, but during the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to “set aside their differences in case the world was invaded by aliens.”

Today, Democrats can’t even stop to take a breath before spinning, twisting, or straight-up lying in an attempt to damage President Donald Trump and Republicans in the face of a pandemic. That’s a special kind of sick; an evil that sees opportunity and advantage in stoking fear and panic without concern for the wellbeing of others.

You’d think, or at least hope, in an emergency, so-called “news” organizations would verify everything they report, knowing the public is on edge and listening for information. You’d be wrong.

 

 

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Wed
25
Mar

How to lose an election

With nearly every sporting event canceled during the COVID19 outbreak, I went back to one of my favorite pastimes: reading. One of the books I read was: Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House.

With nearly every sporting event canceled during the COVID19 outbreak, I went back to one of my favorite pastimes: reading. One of the books I read was: Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House.

Former Chairwoman of the Democrat National Committee Donna Brazile candidly gives readers a close-up view of how Hilary Clinton and her campaign team were active participants in their demise. This book should serve as a blueprint to the reelect Donald Trump 2020 campaign and the Republican National Committee. Better to learn from other’s mistakes than making the same ones.

 

 

Wed
25
Mar

Mebbe front porch should come back

Mebbe front porch should come back

Just before I left the office last Thursday afternoon, I received an email from my good friend, James Justiss, who made a very profound statement:

“If we could quarantine the television news for a couple of weeks, things may balance out in the health and economic issues that are so conflicted at this time. Just wishful thinking. Just ain’t gonna happen.”

As I drove home, I gave a great deal of thought to James’ statement. I had written my column around the Corona virus and its impact on our country, and had it ready for print this week.

 

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Wed
18
Mar

Wayne Allyn Root: Is Joe Biden fit to be President?

Before I get to the most important Joe Biden question ...

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