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Columns and Editorials

  • Our country will mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy assassination

      On Friday, our country will mark the 50th anniversary of one of its most tragic events: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
    Like the attack on Pearl Harbor before it and 9/11 after it, Nov. 22, 1963, is one of a handful of dates in history where those old enough to remember it will never forget where they were and what they were doing.

  • Reduction of road fatalities remains in our hands

    One of the more persistent challenges facing our country is finding ways to reduce the number of people killed or injured in a traffic accident.

    In one sense, we have come a long way. Four decades ago, for example, the number of highway fatalities regularly topped 50,000 a year, but the figures for 2011 were the lowest the United States has seen since 1949, a testament to tougher laws, safer roads, more focused enforcement and better technology in the cars and trucks we drive.

  • In Jesus, there are no little people

    By Michael Duncan

    Zacchaeus was a wee little man who climbed up in a sycamore tree to see Jesus (See Luke 19). Zacchaeus’ story made me think of two of my school friends.

  • 1838: 50 acres of land bought for $200

    By Hammer Smith

    Years Ago

    At the November session of the Henry County Court it was ordered that John Owens, Robert Webb, James Dunn and Daniel Sandford or any three of them being first duly sworn view and mark an alteration proposed by John Violett in the road from Vanhorn’s            to intersect the Sullinger Warehouse Road.  The examination was to be done fairly and impartially and the convenience and inconvenience listed in the report of the committee to the court.

  • Children become the adults we are

    Parents and other concerned adults worry a lot about the things, ideas  and behaviors to which children are exposed, and rightly so.

    Our children learn to be who they are becoming from a variety of sources: people with whom they associate, places they go, movies they see, sites they visit on the internet, teachers and coaches who guide them, etc. All of this can’t be controlled 24/7. What’s a parent to do?

    While not a parent, I am an adult who is concerned about our children.

  • Anxiety: The first step is asking for help

    John couldn’t sleep because he had butterflies in his stomach and he just couldn’t get his mind to calm down.

    We have all had those anxious feelings before. Anxiety is a normal emotion that often accompanies events such as starting a new job, preparing for a test, or trying to make a big decision. Anxiety can be helpful to make sure that you are alert and on top of your game, but for some it can be overwhelming.

  • A nation under pressure

    By Lindsey Seel

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, 67 million Americans, or one in every three citizens, have a diagnosis of high blood pressure.

    So we are, quite literally, a nation under pressure. But unlike the pressures that plague our daily life that we are very much aware of, the pressure I am speaking of burdens our heart, brain, kidneys and blood vessels slowly and silently.

  • Civility is important everywhere

     By Lance Minnis

    An incident occurred today that really got me thinking about how we behave.

    I know some will scoff and call me a fuddy duddy or worse, and some may get mad because they see themselves in what I am about to say. Heck, I see myself in it at times, which only makes the point stronger.

  • An all too familiar Psalm

    “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Thus begins one of the most familiar passages from the Bible. I’ve known this revered Psalm since I was a child. You may well have it committed to memory. Some of you who think you haven’t really have.

  • Free online weightloss tools can help you succeed

    Submitted

    In a time where almost every infomercial on TV offers a new and improved weight loss tool it is easy to get caught up in the hype.

    The key to weight loss is frustratingly simple… cut your calories. There are not any fancy tricks or magic bullets— it’s just old-fashioned arithmetic. Burn more than you consume. Easy right? Well maybe it is a little harder than it sounds but there are resources available to make losing weight a less arduous process. Not only do these resources simplify your life but they are free!