Thursday, February 5th, 2015 09:45:53

The Budget Clash

This week, President Obama released his budget for fiscal year 2016. It reflected much of what he had laid out in his State of the Union Speech, where he faced the recently elected members of the 114th Congress. Others might....

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015 09:45:15

The Power of Personality

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain's prime minister during World War II. Churchill took up painting as a hobby in 1915, after the Gallipoli debacle, where 46,000 allied lives were lost over....

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 09:44:42

A Speech and a President, Unbounded by Reality

Enthusiastic, entertaining, energized and eminent, President Obama's demeanor and delivery at the State of the Union belied his political reality. Unbowed, unbroken and possibly unaffected by the recent midterm Republican wave, Obama displayed his great skill by delivering an emotional....

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015 09:43:54

Growing the Economy Is the Focus As Republicans Take Leadership

My first memory of hearing about the need to revise Social Security dates back to the 1970s. Guarded fiercely by senior citizens, it is often thought of as sacrosanct, as are Medicare and Medicaid. Politicians unable to articulate the real....

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Thursday, January 8th, 2015 09:43:21

The Do-Something Congress

As members of the 114th Congress were sworn into office on Tuesday, their party affiliations described what happened last November: 246 of the 435 representatives and 54 of the 100 senators are Republican. That might be enough for some fellow....

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Thursday, January 1st, 2015 09:42:49

New Year Joy

New Year's is the almost-perfect holiday (Christmas takes the blue ribbon). It's a combination of reflecting, celebrating or possibly just being glad of getting rid of the old year -- while at the same time looking forward to the potential....

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Thursday, December 25th, 2014 09:42:13

The Christmas Story

Almost four decades ago, when I was in Mrs. Carmichael's Sunday School class, I memorized Luke Chapter 2, (the King James version of course). It took hours of practice and study, but the words still come when prompted by the....

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014 09:41:38

Holidays and a Mother’s Love

This is my second Christmas season without my mother, and so far it's been harder than the first. I had known that the first year would be hard, and all I really cared about was surviving it. Activity was my....

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014 09:40:58

Did Somebody Say ‘Clear the Field’? Watch Out!

We all know people who believe that they know more than we do, who look down on us and believe that they are better than we are. They believe they are smarter than the rest of us, and if they....

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Thursday, December 4th, 2014 09:40:20

The Power of a Pause

December, a time for choral concerts, band performances, orchestra recitals, cocktail parties, holiday markets, family gatherings and final exams. Almost everyone is overbooked and overworked, exhausted and running on empty. Busy schedules lead to being away from home one night....

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