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Today's Opinions

  • America’s Grassroots Republic

     Last week a true American hero passed away.  

    Juanita Hill Baird, of Jacksboro, was the quintessential American.  Her decades long activism in Republican politics exemplified the best of what Benjamin Franklin could have ever hoped for.

    When Franklin left Independence Hall on September 17, 1787, at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, a woman asked him, “What kind of government have you given us, Dr. Franklin?”  He replied, “A republic if you can keep it.”

  • Self deprivation can be hazardous

    A few weeks ago, I was driving home after running a few errands. It had come a heavy rainfall that I thought would never let up. Finally, after 30 minutes, it passed and I was relieved. I’m not too keen on driving in bad weather.

    Moments later, a small ray of sun burst through the silver-lined clouds. The small ray illuminated a part of a hillside that I never noticed before. I was very intrigued, almost spellbound by this seemingly minute sight. The more I noticed, the more it was breathtaking.

  • Will Obama Be Our Next President?

    The election is over.  

    The votes have been counted.  

    The results are in.  Barrack Obama won fair and square and will become the 44th President of the United States on Jan. 20th.  

    Or will he?

    No, I’m not a sore loser.  I lost my vote in the primary and I lost it again in the general election, so I’m 0-2, but I think every American is willing to give our new president a chance.  I will support him because I love my country more than I love politics.

  • THIS DAY AND TIME IN THE POINT OF VIEW OF OUR ANCESTORS

    Dear Readers:

    My name is Ida Mae Whittaker. I represent your ancestors somewhere along the top of your family tree. Now, some of you are probably wondering where J.E. is this week. I told him that I felt some of you needed to hear what my generation had to say, and he allowed me to do this. Besides, don’t blame him for what is about to be said. Check your history books and see how some of us handled things. Not all, but the majority of us.

  • The think to be most thankful for is being thankful

    The following is a Golden Rule passage from the book, Leaves of Gold in regards to thankfulness.

    I am also the type of person that if I enjoy something enough, I have to share it with others. Also, this passage was worded so good that I couldn’t have written a Thanksgiving lesson on thankfulness any better myself.    

  • 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.