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When we discover the raisins

There are a lot of pictures on Facebook that I didn’t really understand until I graduated from college. They are usually shared by people around my age, which shouldn’t come as a surprise.These pictures usually say things like, “I’ve decided that I no longer want to be an adult … If anyone needs me, I will be in my blanket fort, coloring.”They say human nature wants what it can’t have, and that perfectly describes growing up. Whe...

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A centennial view of The First World War

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. On July 28, 1914, the assassination of the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne, a comparatively minor event, led to what some believe to be the most terrible and disastrous war of the twentieth century. Terrible and disastrous in so many ways. For years wise men had speculated why such a European war would no...

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Letter to the Editor

To whom it may concern (which is all of us):My, what our community is becoming. Drug-entitlement programs. A decimated downtown area which will never be restored. It is also having an impact on our rural neighbors. And now our last bastion of hope and sanity is in dire straits, our hospital.Will it and can it return to what it once was? I realize that time changes everything. But, this hospital has to return to its once high standards. It needs to regain its respect and ...

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Letter to the Editor

The circus came to town last week. With them they brought sensitive and sentient animals who have been beaten, chained and whipped to make them “per...

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Tackling our nation’s budget problems, head on

Each year, Washington spends billions of dollars more than it takes in, and the problem will only get worse. The recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) long-term budget outlook shows a $40 trillion increase in debt over the next two decades. Even soaring tax receipts will not be able to keep up with surging spending, which has put us on the road to fiscal calamity. So why aren’t more people talking about it, and why aren’t we doing anything to fix it?It’s a bipa...

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Lambs to the GMO Slaughter

American diets are being bombarded with genetically modified foods. Big seed companies initiate it. Big government enables it. Big food business loves it. But Americans are the ones paying the price through their pocketbook and especially their health. And worst of all, as the old song goes, it may be “killing you softly.”For those who may be unaware, genetically modified plants are grown from genetically modified or engineered seeds, which are created to resist insecti...

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Fruit: A Great Summer Treat

My kids love having ice cream, especially in the summer. But I want to get them to eat more fresh fruit. Any tips?Packed with nutrients, fresh fruit is a smart choice to satisfy a summertime sweet tooth.

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Moral Clarity at the Border

Dr. Russell D. Moore of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and Ronnie Floyd, the current president of the Southern Baptist Convention, have added some much needed moral clarity to the crisis at the border.They have gone to our southern border and seen what is not just a national security problem, but a humanitarian crisis. Ronnie Floyd notes that the Southern Baptist National Disaster Relief Ministry is no longer permitted to assist those w...

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Here Come the Indian Mascot Killers

Anyone who thinks the cultural left is going to stop its political correctness with the Washington Redskins isn’t reading USA Today. On the top of their Sports front page on July 22, the paper reported on activists taking a stand against “redface,” championing a group called Eradicating Offensive Indian Mascotry.The thought police have turned on the sirens.The group’s creator, Jacqueline Keeler, now equates “redface” with “blackf...

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Yesterdays - The Circus

I had noticed posters all over our town announcing the forthcoming “Al G. Kelly-Miller Bros. Circus.” I paid little heed, not having been to a circus since I was about eight and clearly not interested in this one.It was Saturday, Aug. 11, 1951, I had graduated from Washington High School the previous May and was eagerly awaiting whatever life had in store for me. I had been working my last two years of school as pianist for the Johnny Godfrey Dancing School.

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Bring back shop class

In high schools throughout America, shop class has been eliminated and kids are often told that the only way to be successful is to have a four-year college degree. I reject this approach and, to the contrary, believe we need to put shop class back in high schools and instill in young people a heightened sense of pride and purpose for entering careers in the skilled trades.This important debate is illuminated by a Bureau of Labor Statistics study showing 48% of college graduates wo...

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Preventing Salmonella

I recently saw something about the government increasing its efforts to combat Salmonella in poultry. But isn’t Salmonella also a potential problem in fresh produce? Why not include fruits and vegetables, too?You’re right. Fresh produce also can be contaminated with Salmonella or other pathogens, but there are good reasons why it was not included in the Salmonella Action Plan that you heard about.First, the agency overseeing the plan, the U.S. Department of A...

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Defining Life

Sometimes people approach me and say that they are personally pro-life but pro-choice as a matter of public policy. In other words, they oppose abortion because they believe it is murder but wouldn’t want to force their view on others who might disagree. Over Independence Day weekend, a young man from Boulder approached me and expressed a similar view but with a slightly different twist. Our constructive exchange inspired the present column.

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The Latest Crack in Our Broken Immigration System

Undocumented immigrants who arrive as children may be well into their 40s before they get a green card.In a bustling room at the Third Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico a group of white and Latino parishioners gathered for a workshop on immigration. They wanted to learn more about the issue.Julio Alvarez, a Mexican immigrant, was there to answer their questions. “Why can’t immigrants just wait in line and move here legally? Isn’t there a pr...

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What America Needs Now

Forty-five years ago, there was a day like few others that rallied Americans and changed America forever. Yet I could find but one or two news stories about that momentous occasion and triumph. Do you remember what it was? It’s the type of event that America needs now, maybe more than ever before.

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Tackling our nation’s budget problems, head on

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