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Opinion

  • In my nearly five years as a reporter I have learned a number of do’s and don’ts.

    For instance, I know when my name is going on that by line I better get it right.  Or when I am covering a meeting it is my job to listen and objectively report what is going on.

    I have also learned that while most of the time I am able to keep my opinions in check, there are just some discussions I find myself wanting to jump out of my seat and say “Are you kidding me?”

  • An old proverb once said, “Reality is only a possibility, it changes constantly.”

    How true that statement is!

    With the changing times, there’s a lot of firsts that are taking place as we speak: the first African-American President of the United States, the first time in years when the temperature has reached record-low temperatures, and various other things that have faded into the realms of time forever.

  • It can’t be done.  

    We’ve heard it since we were children and our parents were right. It doesn’t work at home and it doesn’t work in the government.  

    America should have known what it was getting with Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress – more spending; more government programs and more waste of our hard-earned tax dollars.  

    We asked for it, we got it – Obama.

  •  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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.    

  • 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.

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    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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     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 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.     

  •  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.

  • Early in the 18th century a group of farmers in North Carolina established a political identity for themselves that has become the ideology of today’s Red State voters.  They were the Regulators of Orange County.  They would be known today as values voters espousing the political orthodoxy of the rural and suburban middle class.  They fought the corrupt elite as well as the ruffians who were not being properly restrained by the government.  

  • Christmas time is nigh upon us.  

    Kids must be getting pretty excited as the days tick down.  When I was growing up, this time of year put me on pins and needles.  Had I been good enough?  Had I been a little too naughty?

    I love the movie, A Christmas Story, starring Peter Billingsley. First released in 1983, it’s now a true Christmas classic.  Little Ralphie is obsessed with getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.  The movie does a masterful job of reminding one what it is like to be a child once again.

  • This past weekend, we welcomed the arrival of my nephew, Jacob Isaiah McCullah.

    He is doing great and my sister is on cloud nine headed for cloud number 100.

    With the arrival of Jacob, we now have four arrivals in our family this year.

    We’ve welcomed a niece, a soon-to-be brother-in-law, a Boston terrier, and a partridge in a pear tree. In fact, I am rather jealous of my little nephew because he’s got more hair on his head than I do.