Commentary

A Certain Generation

  1. 09th August 2018
  2. Ben Maddox (guest columnist)

The year 1963 is remembered for significant events that occurred in the United States and in Southeast Asia. The world was aroused by the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a Buddhist monk setting himself ablaze in Saigon to protest the government oppression of Buddhists. The rest of the year would be no less grim.

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The Last Minute

  1. 07th August 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

There is a wry old saying that “if it weren't for the last minute, I would never get anything done!” Many people live by this premise. Tension certainly builds as a critical deadline nears or a crisis looms, and the potential for a hazardous or devastating outcome can be exciting. Movies, television and adventure stories often use this scenario, where events...

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Father Knows Best

  1. 04th August 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

In the latter half of the 1950s, there was a television program called “Father Knows Best.” It was “squeaky clean” and wholesome compared to most of today’s programming. The father, named Jim Anderson, portrayed knowledge and thoughtful wisdom in advising and guiding his family.

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Don't Quote Me on That!

  1. 02nd August 2018
  2. William Williams

Have you ever browsed Facebook, Twitter or your e-mails and found an irresistible quote, perhaps shared with you by one of your online friends? A quote you’ve never read, a quote from some famous person, a short, pithy message that was too memorable not to pass on? And so, even if you aren’t the online “sharing” type, you give it a shot; point-click-send, and...

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Why Such Hateful Behavior?

  1. 31st July 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

Watching news reports, one could easily say that the rising level of hateful behavior is appalling! A United States representative called for harassing public officials of the opposing political party. A restaurant owner refused to serve a government official, while others refused to serve police. Hollywood actors and comedians say threatening, vile, and...

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Finding Peace of Mind in Stressful Times

  1. 28th July 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

As interested observers and students of the world scene try to absorb and digest all the conflicting information that comes their way, a profound sense of hopelessness grips some, and feelings of hostility and aggression are stirred in others. There is a sense for most people that things are not going to turn out well.

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Harvest Time is Coming

  1. 26th July 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

Everybody loves a freshly harvested apple, peach, orange, grape, strawberry or other piece of produce. Gardeners wait with anticipation to harvest that first ripe tomato. When fruit is fully ripened and at the peak of flavor, the time for harvest has finally arrived.

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Find the Joy

  1. 24th July 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

As once I followed up with an old friend who had been wrestling, with some success, a serious health problem, a sudden update on his condition was devastating. What had seemed to be a good course of treatment proved to be less effective than expected. The condition had worsened. The prognosis was not good.

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The Last Enemy

  1. 21st July 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

Enemies abound! Or so it seems. Some people make enemies because of their demeanor. Political parties consider each other enemies as they vie for power. Court dockets are full of cases of disputes that individuals cannot or will not resolve on their own.

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The Cup

  1. 21st July 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

There is a persistent legend that holds a fascination for many people, especially those of a religious bent. Since the Middle Ages, some have sought a mysterious object, often resulting in armed conflicts with loss of life and property. This “quest” has been the subject of theatrical plays, adventure novels and even comedy routines. At this point, you may have...

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