• This past weekend, I was in really bad shape.

    I threw my back out due to heavy lifting. It was one of those situations where I didn’t realized I lifted with my back until it was too late. I soon realized I had to meet my deadline for my column. To be honest, I was in so much pain that I wasn’t necessarily in the mood to write another story that would encourage readers to “keep on keeping on,” especially since I was lucky if I could even bend over to touch my shoes without feeling pain.

  • A politician running for a state office once made the statement, “Tell the voters anything they want to hear to get elected and after you get elected, then you can do anything you want.”  

    Isn’t this typical of what it is going on in Washington today?

    Take our Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, for example, or as Rodney Dangerfield would say, “take her, please.”  

    I remember her words in January 2007 after the Democrats took the majority and pushed through the pay-as-you-go budget rule.

  • I love springtime. It brings forth new birth in creation all around us.

    A time of resurrection for nature to come alive. This brings my thoughts to the meaning of Easter.  A time for us humans to come alive out of our slumber and sleep, and accept the reality of what Easter really means- new life.

    Jesus Christ said; “I have come that they may have life, and that they may, have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

  • Henry David Thoreau once said, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him keep step to the music he hears, however measured and far away.”

    Have you ever had a dream? I’m sure you have, whether it be astronomical or simply down-to-earth. Everyone’s had a dream in one form or another.

    With dreams, there’s always that one person who just doesn’t get it and feel you need to go down a more realistic path.

    It’s frustrating, isn’t it?

  • Glenn Beck is a popular talk show host for Fox News.  He has the third highest ratings behind Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity.  He recently launched a movement to engage patriotic citizens in the cause of changing the direction of the country.  

    This Friday, March 13, he is encouraging viewers to gather their friends and family to watch his 5pm show.  In front of a live studio audience, Beck plans to explain how “we the people” can take our country back.

  • With the election of Barack Obama, the misnomer of the Fairness Doctrine has raised its ugly head again.

    There should be a law against naming bills that go through Congress because the name rarely reflects the contents of the bill.  All bills are assigned a number and, just like in federal prison, they don’t need a name.

    Soon, Liberals in Congress will once again try to reintroduce the Fairness Doctrine, which should be named the Suppression of Free Speech Doctrine.  

  • I was watching the news this past week and something rather grave was brought to my attention.

    Four major newspapers went out of business. I overheard someone at the store say they always read news on the Internet instead of the newspaper itself, because it’s quicker, saves time and prevents them from having to buy a copy since they can just read it and go for free.

  • Its official:  The economy now belongs to Barack Obama.  

    No more blaming Bush, no more blaming Republicans.  With the passage of the Stimulus bill Obama has now taken ownership of the American economy, for better or for worse.

    The recent passage of the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 showed that the change promised by both Obama and Congressional Democrats is the kind of change that America can’t afford at this particular time in our history.  

  • We had a fish fry of sorts at my house Sunday night.

    Unfortunately it wasn’t the kind that involved having friends over, cracking open a few cold beverages and just hanging out. No, it was very different.

    See on Friday I bought two goldfish for my kids. Including the bowl, food, chemicals to treat the water and the fish, this was about a $15 investment.

  • Will you be my valentine?

     Isn’t that the question that most people were asking someone they love, or care about when Feb. 14 came around?

    We try to express our love through cards, flowers, candy, jewelry and many other ways to let special people in our lives know that we love them.

    Everyone has his or her own way of celebrating Valentine’s Day. I only hope all the money that was spent and all the effort that went into it came from true and sincere hearts.

    I can’t stand for good people to be manipulated.

  • According to a recent report from Jerome Corsi at World Net Daily, when one adds together all of our current debt obligations including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid we now have a total national debt of $65.5 trillion.  This is larger than the GDP of the entire world.  That means that it would take the yearly output of every country in the world to equal the amount of our current debt.

  • Major League pitcher Bill Lee once said, “Society tends to find its heroes in the most obvious arenas, and I don't regard that as a healthy thing. We should find our heroes in the bathroom mirror each and every morning.”

    When you were in school, who did you see as a hero? Was it the captain of the football team? Was it a cheerleader? Perhaps, it was one of the popular young people whose very presence radiated a room?  

    When I was a kid growing up, my heroes were quite different.

  • While writing a final story for the Jellico Advanced Sentinel this week, I was struck with a deep sadness to see it go.

    Like many before me, I have worked tirelessly to write compelling stories for the area, carrying on the tradition of the Jellico news.

    Interviewing Jellico Fire Chief Gary Troxell was one of my first endeavors at the LaFollette Press. Him and others who I have met along the way are all amazing people.

  • On November 4, 2008, the United States of America was going to make history one way or another:  We would elect the first African-American as president or we would elect the first woman to be vice president.  

    Indeed, history was made.  Sen. Barack H. Obama defeated Sen. John S. McCain to become the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American President in American history.

    The campaign Obama ran was simply brilliant.  

  • Here’s a riddle for you: What comes to you freely and leaves you bound forever? It can place you on cloud nine or can kick you into the lowest emotional hell in a matter of minutes. It’s easy to step into and hard to step out of. Wonder what it is? No, I’m not talking about the gum on the bottom of your shoe, or an in-law that won’t cease. I’m referring to that incomparable feeling of love.

    Yes, that right.

  • To say our country is in frightening economic times is not news.

    Home foreclosures are at an all time high, interest rates on credit cards are soaring and seeing a news story about lay-offs has become as common as reading the weather forecast.

    In Campbell County we have seen some businesses close and others lay-off employees.

    No one appears immune to the financial fallout.

    But last week I was pleased to see one company take a proactive approach to cutting expenses while keeping employees.