August 30, 2014

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Too much government? Print E-mail

I was getting my haircut by a beautician in Pendleton County a year or so after I had come to Pendleton County as Superintendent of Public Schools. Another woman was waiting to have her hair trimmed and I engaged her in conversation. She told me that she had a 14-year-old son and a 12-year-old girl, both of whom were students in the public schools in Pendleton. I asked how they were doing, leaving the question open-ended.

Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good Print E-mail

I was passing thru our bedroom to dress for bed one evening this week when I heard an excerpt from the 10 p.m., news on a Cincinnati station. The news-lady flashed the picture of a male, about 30-years-old, who had been sentenced to 25 years in the state penitentiary. Why? He had made and sold pornographic videos of him having sex with a 11-month-old baby and raping a 9-year-old girl.

Losing one’s mate in marriage to death Print E-mail

Warning: this rabbi is not for persons under fifty years of age!

When a couple marry in their early twenties, the thought that one day, when they are old, that one of the two will become ill and pass on before the other seldom enters their minds. We blithely assume we will age together and ride off into the sunset, holding hands. Unfortunately, it seldom works like this!

Should husbands help out in the kitchen? Print E-mail

When I was growing up, I never saw my father cook a meal nor wash a dish. Therefore, I was a bit surprised when dad volunteered to help wash the pots and pans when Janice and I were taking care of him on Sundays when we lived in Elkatawa. He suffered from a severe case of Parkinson’s and had trouble walking, standing erect, eating, going to the bathroom, etc. Janice and I would take care of him occasionally to allow my mother to have some free time.

Pot: What’s the problem? Print E-mail

Janice and I had gone to the layout of Esther Moreland and had sat down as I cannot stand for a long period due to my back. I saw April Moreland who worked for the Pendleton County Schools when I was superintendent. We were reminiscing when a gentleman, whom I had seen several times but to whom I had never had been introduced, stopped to chat.

Lying: Different underpinnings in Russia and the USA Print E-mail

I remember being told the stories about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington while I was a student at the now defunct Elkatawa Grade School. George Washington got a new hatchet for Christmas and in his urge to see how it would cut wood, chopped down a cherry tree which his Father had planted. When queried by his father, he confessed that he had done the deed. He said, “I cannot tell a lie; it was I.”

Jesus carrying His cross on the Via Dolorosa Print E-mail

A few years past, I was on a trip to the Holy Land and stood with members of our group where Pilate had asked the question “What is truth?” As he sought to wash his hands from condemning Jesus to die on the cross. But the Jews demanded that Jesus die rather than Barabbas who was a murderer and a robber.

Should the U.S. become involved in Crimea against the Russians? Print E-mail

First a few rudimentary facts about Crimea: Crimea is a peninsula jutting into the huge Black Sea. Crimea is about the size of Maryland. It is part of the Ukraine nation which has a land mass about the size of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee combined. Ukraine is a divided nation in that its citizens in the eastern half lean toward aligning with Russia while its citizens in the western half lean toward aligning with the European Union (EU). Ukraine is thus squeezed by the authoritarian state of Russia on one side and the more democratic nations of the EU on the other.

A tribute to James Herald Print E-mail


James sat on the back left hand pew in Eastside Church of Christ next to the window. Always, he and family were early to service. And those who entered to sit on that side of the church frequently shook his hand and paused for some small talk before moving onto their selected pews. James and wife, Elizabeth, and family usually occupied the entire back pew.

Burn up or freeze to death? Print E-mail

What’s the issue? Tom Harris, director of International Climate Science Coalition, in Canada states, “We do not actually know how much climate will change as carbon dioxide levels continue to rise. We do not even know whether warming or cooling lies ahead.”


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