Today's Opinions

  • If you don’t have the time to be nice, make the time

    American Publisher George W. Childs once said, “Do not keep the alabaster box of your love sealed up from both your friends and from total strangers. Fill their lives with sweetness. Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear them, and while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier.”

    In this day and time we live in, I find this statement to be truer with each passing day. Now, with the hustle and bustle of the season, this saying is something that could certainly be put to use.

    We all lead very busy lives.

  • Look For the Union Label


    Is it not lawful for an employer to do what he wishes with what is his own?

    This question comes from a parable found in Matthew 20 concerning the Kingdom of God as Jesus compares it to a vineyard.  

  • Twas The Night Before Christmas in Iraq

    Back in 1882, Clement Clarke Moore, wrote the famous poem, Twas the Night Before Christmas.  Throughout the years, it has become a tradition in many families to read the poem every Christmas season along with watching It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas Vacation.

    Last year, I received another poem from a dear friend, referred to as a Different Christmas Poem whose author is unknown.  This poem described a dream that a gentleman had regarding a soldier standing guard outside his home on a snowy night on Christmas Eve.

  • Sharing some of my all time favorite Christmas memories

    Christmas has got to be my favorite time of the year.

    With the aroma of hot apple cider stirring in the winter air, the joy that rings from every child in regards to Christmas vacation, and the holiday music that echoes merrily out of the car speakers, you know it’s here, ready or not.

    Also, with the new additions to my family, this Christmas is going to be one of the best so far.

  • All I Want for Christmas is a Senate Seat

    There is one for sale in Illinois - if the price is right.  From Gov. Rod Blagojevich to Tony Resko to Rev. Jeremiah Wright to Father Michael Pflegor to William Ayers, the Chicago cesspool of politics is very deep.

    One peculiar thing is that Chicagoan President-Elect Obama knows little about them, what they have been saying or what they have been doing.   He, who is said to be one of the most intelligent politicians ever, is completely oblivious to what has been happening in Chicago, or his church for that matter, for the past 20 years.  

    Or, is he?

  • Golf reveals something about a man’s character.

    Golf reveals something about a man’s character.

     In Joe Carson’s case, it showed him to be warm, honest, compassionate, gentle, but with strong convictions -- a man of real integrity and fierce loyalty.

    Joe died last week in much the same way he had lived and played the game: quietly and with dignity, in the recliner beside his fireplace after a long illness that sapped his strength but never his will or his courage or his good humor.

  • The best resolution is none at all

    The first president of the United States George Washington once said, “Undertake not what you can not perform, but be careful to keep your promises.”

    Imagine if you will, the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. Everyone cheers, exchanges a kiss or two, and sing verses of the legendary song, “Auld Lang Syne.”

    Everything seems to be going in great harmony. And where there’s great harmony is also a lot of caution throwing to the wind.     

  • Power Shift for Israel

     There’s an old saying in politics- Democrats fall in love and Republicans fall in line.  This is really instructive given what’s going on now in Israel.

    At the time of this writing, Israel is engaged in a full assault on Gaza.  

    They are bombing enemy targets and planning a ground invasion of 10,000 troops in the coming days. Thousands of soldiers are being called-up for the campaign.  It’s the worst fighting since 1948, when Israel first became a nation.