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Today's Opinions

  • Pets and impermanence can teach us compassion

    By Joseph Yates

     

    “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”

    That old saying is attributed to Mark Twain. Obviously, he was never around that trembling, drooling little chihuahua that would perch atop the arm of my aunt’s couch when we would visit, yapping loudly and incessantly at nothing in particular, and irritating everyone (but my aunt) to no end.

  • Rural churches anchor communities

    In this issue, I wrote a story about Port Royal Baptist Church.

    I conducted interviews, collected anecdotes and researched the church’s history.

    What I hope comes out of the story is what a foundation a church can serve in a rural community.

    I don’t dare write a persuasive argument for your attendance, but I write this out of my own gratitude.

    I don’t think I would be the same person I am today without growing up in a church.

    The church served so many purposes in my childhood and my community.

  • When in the course of human events

    By Jon Park

    As I sit to write this, it is July 4, Independence Day. I am reminded that 237 years ago, 56 men who put their John Hancock to a piece of paper, signing what could have been their death warrant.

    Those now famous words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    Powerful words.

  • Session legislation went into effect in June

    At the end of each legislative session, there is understandably a lot of discussion about what the General Assembly has passed.

    Although not given as much fanfare, the early to middle part of summer is an important period as well, because – other than those relatively rare cases when there is a specific enactment date or an emergency clause – that is when all legislation actually takes effect. This year, that date fell on June 25.

  • A week out on the water just for the halibut

    Upon returning to our home in North Pole, Ala., after wintering in Henry County; we were invited to go halibut fishing with our friends, Rusty and Marie, on their boat. A week on the water? We hadn’t even unpacked our clothes! It took only a few seconds for me to say yes to the invitation. Really, now, who would hesitate more than a few seconds on an offer like that? A few quick loads of laundry; a night’s sleep and we were good to go.

  • Identity through remembering

    If you are my age or older, you probably remember as a younger person losing patience with an older person who started to tell you something and then stopped... finally confessing, “Well, I forgot what I was going to tell you.” I now find myself wishing that I had been more patient with such people, as patient as they were in not telling me that the day would come when I would understand. I do.

  • The only thing transparent is us

    Obama’s honeymoon just expired. I might be a little late to the party, but trust me I brought a gift.

    The recent NSA’s circus/scandal with its estranged young bride Eric J. Snowden has even received criticism from of all people Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin said he didn’t want to deal with the Snowden issue because, “It’s like shearing a piglet — too much squealing, too little wool.”

  • SCOTUS: A solution in a search of a problem

    By Joe Yates

     

    How can they be so wrong one day and so right the next? The key here is the word ‘they’—it generally means four versus four, with Justice Anthony Kennedy making the difference.