Columns/Opinions

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11
Dec

Is “Bullycide” a thing?

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

Apparently, some say that “bullying” and “suicide” aren’t necessarily linked – and even though, yes, many cases of suicide occur for many different and multiple reasons I think suicides especially those linked to young adulthood are predominant because of a link between the two. But those are just my thoughts after I read an online article regarding them. Either way, it’s a sad and horrible matter. Here’s the article for you to check out.

“The death of a girl who died by what her parents call ‘bullycide’ is raising questions about whether suicide can be attributed to bullying. Ashawnty Davis, a 10-year-old student at Sunrise Elementary in Aurora, Colo., died Wednesday after spending two weeks on life support at Children’s Hospital Colorado because she had hanged herself in a closet in her home.

Mon
11
Dec

Social Security not entitlement program

By Sammy J. Franklin

A few weeks ago a fellow was complaining on the Internet about social security and offered the following observations. I added a few of my own to join in the fray.

I am drawing social security so I can’t complain but I was wondering if there would be any left for those that are not quite ready to receive it yet? I’m getting tired of social security being referred to as an entitlement.

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Mon
04
Dec

A Heartbreakingly Sweet Tribute

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

This writer came across such a special heartwarming story online that I have to share it with you. It’s not too often you find such positive and memorable (in a good way) stories on the news, so I’ll latch onto about anything I can find that fits that mold. It’s a tragic story that centers on an incredibly thoughtful gesture from a father to his daughter.

“A father of four, who died in 2013 from pancreatic cancer, thought ahead when it came to his youngest daughter. Bailey Sellers wrote in a now-viral post on Twitter that her father, Michael, had been sending her flowers every year on her birthday since she was 17, and promised to send them every year until she turned 21. And indeed her last set of flowers, a purple bouquet, arrived this year two days before her actual 21st birthday on Nov. 26.

Mon
04
Dec

Understanding the real problem in our country

By Sammy J. Franklin

Our glorious leaders at all levels don’t understand the real problems facing our country and how can we expect them to address them. May God help our grandchildren to survive the future.

The problem in Washington, D.C. is that we have appointees who have never operated a business, and have no idea how business works, or what it takes to run a successful business.

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Mon
27
Nov

The job of a lifetime

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

Working 9 to 5…for over 70 years and in the same place is unheard of these days – if ever – but one 91-year-old lady in California has done just that. Here’s her story.

“In current culture, millennials move from job to job in order to climb the ladder. The average time spent at a company is just two years. For baby boomers and other generations, this was not the norm. Loyalty and dedication to a single company or career drove, and still drives, many of their careers. AOL’s original series Lifers features these dedicated, loyal workers who have been in their jobs for years and years. Will they retire? Are they prepared to?

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Mon
27
Nov

A Vietnamese immigrant who became a US citizen

By Sammy J. Franklin

The following was sent to me by a faithful reader. It is something everyone in America should read.

The town of Prescott Valley, AZ, hosted a Freedom Rally. Quang Nguyen was asked to speak on his experience of coming to America and what it means. He spoke the following in dedication to all Vietnam Veterans. Thought you might enjoy hearing what he had to say:

“Thirty-five years ago, if you were to tell me that I am going to stand up here speaking to a couple thousand people, in English, I’d laugh at you. Man, every morning I wake up thanking God for putting me and my family in the greatest country on earth. I just want you all to know that the American dream does exist and I am living the American dream. I was asked to speak to you about my experience as a first generation Vietnamese-American, but I’d rather speak to you as an American.

Mon
20
Nov

Love stories to inspire

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

Today is this writer’s third wedding anniversary. I cannot imagine these past three years without my husband in my life – and we are so excited about our upcoming adventure with our son being born in early 2018. I’m so thankful to God for the gift of my marriage and our first child – and it seems like I’m not the only one with these exact two things that they are thankful for after I recently spotted an article centered around American Idol alum Jordin Sparks’ inspirational love story. Here’s the scoop.

Mon
20
Nov

Editor’s annual Thanksgiving message

By Sammy J. Franklin

“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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Mon
13
Nov

Protecting Our Children

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

This writer will give birth to a son in a few months, so any article that involves raising boys naturally catches my eye including one that definitely had me freaking out along with a very concerned Mom of a nine-year-old boy. The subject she writes about is a very relevant one and something I take seriously because I want my son to grow up respecting everyone especially women. Her vulnerability in the post is appreciated and it does make you think whether you agree with her conclusions or not. Here’s the article.

“A few days ago, I got an email from my son’s school: He was in the principal’s office again. The note came at 8:30 p.m., which is an odd time for the principal to be emailing. This time, it was serious. He was accused of inappropriately touching a girl.

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Mon
13
Nov

To the NFL and its stand on flag

By Sammy J. Franklin

I certainly don’t take credit for writing the following message to the NFL and its players, but I am proud to re-print it as my column this week. It is making its round on the Internet and one of my faithful readers shared it with me.

“If I have brain cancer, I don’t ask my dentist what I should do. If my car has a problem, I don’t seek help from a plumber! Why do you think the public cares what a football player thinks about politics? If we want to know about football, then depending on the information we seek, we might consult with you, but even a quarterback doesn’t seek advice on playing his position from a defensive tackle!

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