Today's Opinions

  • Faithful Words
  • Editorial Cartoon for Feb. 17
  • McNeeley calls for action


    LaFollette Press:

    I am so proud of Toby Young and Jonathan LuAllen for taking action. Shame on you Mr. Business Owner; shame on you public officials; shame on you Mr. Lawyer; shame on you church leaders; shame on every member of this community who could have given but did not.

  • Budget talks continue for state legislature

     Budget hearings continue as funding board projects higher revenues

    The governor continued budget hearings this week, meeting with key officials from each department for a briefing on state finances. State leaders are working to fill a $1.5 billion hole, as the state staved off many reductions last year with the assistance of federal funding. The hearings covered budgetary items from TennCare to weather-related expenses.

  • Being at peace, being a peacemaker

     I can’t seem to get away from writing about the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Several weeks ago I wrote about the first two, love and joy. Today I am going to write about peace. We are surely living in a day when we search for peace in a very troubled world.

    Peace is defined as quietness, rest, harmony, order and security in the midst of turmoil and temptation. If we strive to live pleasing to God and His commandments, this is where we find peace.

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell


    It’s happened once again. On Feb. 2, that weather prognosticating critter known as Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his den to see if winter would continue its bitterness or if there’d be an early spring. The portly groundhog was surrounded by the members of the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, all clad in top hats and tuxedos, as well as nearly 15,000 noisy spectators when he forecast an early spring for 2011. 

    Thank you Phil, we needed a break from the winter blahs.

  • Faithful Words

    The signs of salvation


    “I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13, RSV).

  • On Higher Ground

    Bricks and clocks are not so important there


    Sometimes I have to step back, take a deep breath, and look at the bigger picture.  Otherwise I can’t see the forest for the trees.  For this and other reasons, I participated in a short ministry trip to New York City about a week ago.  It helped me regain perspective.