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Good training pays off

on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in Faith, Editorials, Opinions

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Training is not an easy task for parents or children. Sometimes as parents it seems like all we poured

Watchdog citizens strengthen communities

on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

They keep tabs on their public officials, often asking the tough questions and sounding the alarm when something doesn’t seem right. They attend meetings, sometimes sitting in the front row and staying until the very end. They request information under th

Join me in counting our blessings

on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we approach Thanksgiving Day this coming Thursday and all the busyness that day brings, take a few minutes to slow down and reflect on the many blessings our Creator has given us. I tend to take so many things for granted, so when I start counting my b

Democrats dig for Russians and uncover environmentalists

on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Merrill Matthews Democrats and the media have been on a yearlong deep dig into Russian involvement into U.S. elections. But when you dig a hole you sometimes run across things you wish had remained buried – like the dirt pointing to Russian ties to th

Bridges resignation is children’s loss

on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

District One Superintendent Randy Bridges’ leadership will be sadly missed by the children in our school district. Over the past years Dr. Bridges has offered a vision and a strategic plan that was creating a wonderful momentum of excitement in learning a

Small Business Saturday falls on Nov. 25

on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Ben Homeyer Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, but it’s the next day, Small Business Saturday, that really puts me in the holiday spirit. That’s because Small Business Saturday, which

Yep, I can relate to that...

on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Most of us can probably relate to some of the following comments and quotes found on coffee mugs, t-shirts and canvases: I can’t wait to retire so I can get up at 6 a.m. and go drive around really slow and make everybody late for work. I’m beginning to

Pray for America, but work to make her better too

on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Armstrong Williams When deranged gunman Devin Kelly walked into a small community church in a tiny rural Texas town and killed the pastor’s daughter and wife along with twenty-six other innocent parishioners, including an 18-month old baby, our hearts

Drug makers are leading the way on R&D

on Tuesday, 07 November 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Kenneth E. Thorpe Over five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. While a few drugs can temporarily alleviate symptoms, there’s no treatment that slows the progression of the underlying disease; so family members watch helplessly as their

Friends make our lives better

on Tuesday, 07 November 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Where would we be without friends? Good friends are more valuable than gold. Following are some quotes about the importance of friends and friendship: The act of friendship is different from the act of loving. In a relationship of friendship both parties

Do no harm: What would Hippocrates think?

on Tuesday, 07 November 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Richard D. Kocur A core tenant of the pledge taken by all physicians is their promise first and foremost to do no harm. A physician’s vow to care for patients in a manner which does not cause physical, mental, or emotional harm has guided treatment d

A public safety problem that can no longer be ignored

on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As I’ve travelled the state over the years, it hasn’t been uncommon for members of the law enforcement community to bring up issues that concern them. And gang activity is one subject that often comes up. No longer just a big city issue, gang activity is

Faith, hope, love and trust

on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

For several years, an article entitled “Six Little Stories” has been posted on various websites, blogs, Facebook and circulated through email. These short stories, actually comments from different sources, offer great descriptions of faith, hope, love, tr

Energy lessons from recent hurricanes

on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Merrill Matthews Hurricanes Harvey and Irma killed dozens of Americans and caused tens of billions of dollars in property damage. But there's one silver lining. The storms taught us three invaluable lessons about the U.S. energy market. We need more r

Asset Allocation

on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Many investment professionals believe that proper asset allocation is more important than selecting individual investments. In fact, according to a study by Ibbotson Associates, as much as 90% of the variance in investor returns may be attributed to asset
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