Commentary

Never Too Late to Quit

  1. 09th June 2018
  2. William Williams

“Have you quit smoking?… Smoking kills 1,300 Americans every day....” This headline introduces a recent Forbes report about the “Addiction Stick” habit. Eight times more Americans die per year from smoking-related health issues than died in the Vietnam War. But do you realize that quitting can save more than your life, even if smoking has already damaged you?

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No Black Belt for Me

  1. 05th June 2018
  2. Lawrence Taylor (guest columnist)

My son and I study a Korean form of martial arts called Tang Soo Do. In most martial arts, the highest achievement is the black belt. The student begins with a white belt, and over the course of years, students move up through the color levels until they reach black belt status. A couple of months ago we had the privilege of attending a black belt ceremony, in...

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Plagues of Pestilence

  1. 02nd June 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

For centuries, plagues of pestilence have exacted a great death toll on humankind. The Ebola virus outbreak in 2014 had the world’s heath care community very concerned. It was declared to be a global emergency. Since March of 2014, the Ebola virus spread to numerous countries. Deaths mounted from it, and many feared a major epidemic. Since then, other diseases,...

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Habit Breaking

  1. 31st May 2018
  2. Charles Knowlton (1927-2013)

Reader's Digest a few years ago had a story about a woman who had been born blind but had her sight restored through a medical procedure. She had not let her blindness hold her back—she was married and had done her best to live a normal life. Then one day, a doctor suggested she try a new form of surgery. She did, and when the bandages were removed she cried, “I...

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What is Right With America?

  1. 29th May 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

Once, while watching my 13-year-old grandson play a Little League baseball game in an All Star game on a summer’s afternoon, I watched the nation’s favorite pastime unfold in a good example of playing hard by the rules and accepting the outcome graciously. I observed the parents, coaches and umpires enjoying the game, and the lessons of life that the players...

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Memorial Day

  1. 26th May 2018
  2. Richard Franz

Memorial Day, declared officially by the United States Congress in 1971 as a national holiday, is observed in the U.S. on the last Monday of May. It is a day on which Americans commemorate the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. The observance of this day began soon after the end of the American Civil War and was initially known as ...

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Where Am I?

  1. 24th May 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

At some time or another, we have all been temporarily lost—turned around, going the wrong way, on the wrong road, or at the wrong address. Perhaps we received bad directions, saw a misleading road sign or missed a turn, or encountered unforeseen obstacles in our path. How do we get to where we are trying to go?

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A Game of Chance

  1. 22nd May 2018
  2. Adam J. West

Millions of men and women spend untold hours in the glitzy halls of casinos, while many others gather around octagon tables to play "friendly" games of "nickel" poker. Still others indulge in office sports pools, all the while hoping to cash in on the losers' money.

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Broken cisterns

  1. 19th May 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

“Going green” is all in vogue, as the need to conserve—and the practicality of recycling—becomes even more compelling in crippled economies around the world. Things that were once thoughtlessly discarded are now often repurposed or recycled. More energy-efficient methods of doing daily chores and routine tasks are being sought at every level. It just makes good...

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The Sex Age

  1. 17th May 2018
  2. Wallace G. Smith

Archaeologists and anthropologists have labeled the many different ages in their models of the history of man, such as the “Stone Age” or the “Bronze Age.” Given its prominence in our current society, it would not be a wonder if future anthropologists were to label our culture the “Sex Age.”

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