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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Likes the new look of The Press

     To the editor: 

     I read the LaFollette Press! 

    Several weeks ago I was standing at a checkout at a busy convenience store along our four-lane in town. I glanced to my right and sitting on the newspaper rack, I noticed the store had started to carry an international or fancy national paper.

    Much to my surprise, upon closer inspection, I found that the paper was our local LaFollette Press. The look and lay out were attractive and well presented. 

    I bought a copy and read it cover to cover. 

  • Likes the new look of The Press

     To the editor: 

     I read the LaFollette Press! 

    Several weeks ago I was standing at a checkout at a busy convenience store along our four-lane in town. I glanced to my right and sitting on the newspaper rack, I noticed the store had started to carry an international or fancy national paper.

    Much to my surprise, upon closer inspection, I found that the paper was our local LaFollette Press. The look and lay out were attractive and well presented. 

    I bought a copy and read it cover to cover. 

  • LETTER: New flag flying high in Jacksboro

     To the editor: 

    I’d like to express appreciation to Tom Hatmaker, LaFollette Tree Service for his help. This past week he removed and replaced a damaged and badly soiled U.S. flag at the Shell service station on the four-lane in Jacksboro, just west of LaFollette’s city limits. For some time the flag had been dangling by a single connection on a really tall flag pole in front of the station. In a recent conversation with the business owners, they remarked that they had no idea of who to contact to remove the flag.  

  • 'Blessed are the merciful'

     Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7). Perhaps the merciful are shown mercy because there are no more wonderful gifts for sinners to receive. 

    Mercy is its own reward. 

    The poor in spirit will receive the kingdom of heaven. 

    The mourners will receive comfort. 

    The meek will inherit the earth. 

    They that hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled. 

    What do the merciful get? 

    Mercy.

  • FROM A MOTHER'S HEART: 'Blessed are the merciful'

     Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7). Perhaps the merciful are shown mercy because there are no more wonderful gifts for sinners to receive. 

    Mercy is its own reward. 

    The poor in spirit will receive the kingdom of heaven. 

    The mourners will receive comfort. 

    The meek will inherit the earth. 

    They that hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled. 

    What do the merciful get? 

    Mercy.

  • SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING: Happy Mother's Day

     What a wonderful privilege being a mother. 

    What an opportunity we have to teach and train our children.

    I found this thought I wanted to pass on to you. It was published by the “Gospel Tract Society Inc.” 

    The writer was anonymous but the thoughts are priceless. It is entitled, “Train up a child.”

    She could not give her children gold, so she gave them faith to have and hold.

  • ON HIGHER GROUND: God's mercy evident, even in sinful world

     For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now” (Romans 8:22).

    The devastation of a modern American city is still etched indelibly on my mind—whole   communities abandoned, shopping centers gutted, hospitals and churches boarded up. A vibrant, colorful New Orleans sat in ruins, the victim of extensive flooding and wind damage from Hurricane Katrina— one of that decade’s natural disasters.  

  • 'What I saw'

    By Christie Elkins

    Unwashed faces, cold embraces, empty looks of sleepless nights. Tubs filled with trash, no place to bathe, toilets overflowing. 

    This is what I saw. 

    Drugs hidden in microwaves, meth labs where kids used to play, sleeping on the floor since someone took the bed away. 

    This is what I saw. 

    Wearing pajamas to school — since that was the only thing clean. Relying on free lunch — since they hadn’t eaten in days.