VIEWPOINT: Obsessed with sports
I remember reading a synopsis of the five reasons for the “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Edward Gibbon in which he listed the Romans’ obsession with sports at the coliseum as a cause of the fall of the empire.
KELLY: What do you think?
On March 21, this paper published an article about a six-month drug trafficking investigation involving 12 people. On the front page was a photo of the 12 people involved. The use of drugs had made them a sorry-looking bunch. The look in their eyes was particularly disturbing.
Time to fix government
In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment when Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Review of ‘Noah’
TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to the Bible.
TISCIONE: While going, disciple!
The purpose that God has given to His people is to be holy. He has likewise given His people a mission. The mission of God’s people, the church of Jesus Christ, is as clear as His revealed purpose.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Support Republicans in May elections
As we look to municipal elections, the candidates might not have a party affiliation by their name on the ballot, but the party that they align with matters. We need elected officials in “non-partisan” races who believe in our Republican principles of lower taxes, less regulations, strong family values and less government in our business.
PASTOR POPHIN: The gasp of the unbelievable
It is the sound that is made when the unbelieveable happens. It’s the sucking of air otherwise known as gasping. It seems, as the days roll on, I find myself gasping more and more frequently as I watch the local and national news or hear stories from people I love. In fact, I have come to the point where I would rather not watch the news. It is all because of “the gasp.”
Idle American: Marjorie Main, In Love and War...
Folks with dim memories of World War II recall the “coming home” of troops, and attendant triumphal celebrations that reverberated around the globe. Believers in democracy-- weary of Movietone newsreels’ gory war scenes at movie theaters, dismal commentaries on radio and troubling newspaper accounts--were ready for news of loved ones returning home—a place, someone said, where when you go there, they have to let you in.
Now Hear This: Hard work never killed anyone
I believe it was Edgar Bergen, comedian and ventriloquist, who originally said, “Hard work never killed anybody, but why take the chance.” While originally intended as a joke, it seems to me that many Americans are adopting this as a way of life.
NOTES FROM THE JOURNEY: Keeping an eye on things
While reading Annie Dillard’s intriguing book “Teaching a Stone to Talk,” a line jumped out at me: “We are here to witness.” That word “witness” brought back a flood of memories and feelings from my childhood.
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