April 16, 2014

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Stupefying our Youth Print E-mail

I do not like Bill O’ Reilly of Fox News. I find him to be arrogant and egotistical. He interrupts guests on his program. And he brags about the books he has written.

But I find myself agreeing with many of the points he makes. His books on Killing Lincoln, Kennedy, and Jesus are the most powerful histories I have ever read. And, a recent Factor program provided some of the material for this column. To be sure, he is conservative, but he backs up his point of view with an arsenal of facts. Finally, I think he is the most powerful voice in America for common-sense morality!

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Profile of a Back Operation Print E-mail

When I withdrew from writing several weeks past, I knew that I was going to have a major surgery on my back and that I would be under high dosage of pain medication for several weeks. Both of these have proven true, but I have missed writing and offer my experience with this common ailment among us oldies and others, not for sympathy, but to provide one man’s experience as I battle to maintain an upright position. If you have back problems, especially if you are an oldie, I think you will find my experience enlightening.

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New Year Resolutions: How Can We Improve! Print E-mail

Dedicated to Janelle Gardner, By the Rabbi

I have heard many say that they did not make New Year resolutions because they were so easily broken that they simply (the breaking therof) reinforced bad feelings about themselves.

Admittedly, we often make resolutions about losing weight which is a tough one to keep, and the way we make the resolution often dooms us to failure. However, by turning the resolution into a goal we have a much better chance of succeeding.

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Happiness? Some Factors Print E-mail

“Collins,” he said disconsolately, “Money is a nuisance!” He did not elaborate. I grinned at him as we finished our meal and waited for the program to begin.

He was an elderly gentleman who always seemed to have a cocked-hat chuckle and I was very fond of his company. I knew that he had lived frugally and had made a lucrative investment late in life.  Both he and I had grown up when times were hard economically. We were taught to work hard and save and invest. To discipline ourselves in terms of purchases. To care for our family and pass onto our children whatever was left. At the same time we were taught to keep material things in perspective. To realize that the measure of one’s life consisted of far more than things. To give responsibly to the church and other reliable charities.

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White Christmas at the Falmouth Baptist Church, December 15 Print E-mail

Outside the air was crisp, cool, bracing; bringing to mind a Christmas card of snow and sleighs and persons going to church in the country, beside frozen brooks and arched bridges. Those were days when a stocking with some candy and an orange and an apple were considered a nice Christmas. Those were days when many of us did not have much, but we did not know any better and rejoiced in the simpler things that many scoff at today. And, as we look back to those days we realize that for all our getting of things today: big things, little things, simple things, ornate things, we have chased a mirage for we are not as well satisfied now as then.

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So Long for a While Print E-mail

I am reminded of what a friend said to me a few months past. “There are persons who hate you for what you write!” I sloughed it off, but his contention has come home to roost with me because of some letters written to the editor of The Falmouth Outlook. I have been called a bigot and a purveyor of hatred, both of which are not what I perceive myself to be.

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Obamacare: Good?...Bad? Print E-mail

The airways during the past week have been filled with news on the roll out of Obamacare. Some have touted it as an early Christmas present to our nation while others have a very negative view of its advent.

I received the following in the US mail recently which raises some issues with this major legislation passed early in President Obama’s first term. Among the criticisms are the following:

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Old Men Like a Little Mothering Print E-mail

I have written previously about my wife Janice and how she would not trim my toenails, a problem which I have developed in later years because I am too stiff to reach them, at least on one foot. She was trimming them one evening a few years past when she caught some flesh and it hurt! I yelled at her and hurt her feelings and she said that she would never trim them again!....And she hasn’t! I explained to my reader audience that I bet my Mother would trim my toenails if she were alive. Janice, not to be outdone replied, “But I am not your Mother!”

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Response to Patrick Johnson Print E-mail

Mr. Patrick Johnson said in his well written letter in the September 12 issue of The Falmouth Outlook that I wrote articles filled with bigotry and hate. I know of no one whom I hate; therefore, it is difficult for me to understand this charge. However, I have been outspoken concerning some social issues in our society that are detrimental to our nation’s long term viability, and  persons involved in these practices could easily perceive that I hate them. Not so, I hate their practices but love them as persons and pray for them and for you as well, Mr. Johnson.

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The Problem of Poverty: What Can We Do? Print E-mail

The worst case of poverty that I ever saw was in Breathitt County where I was reared. A hard working farmer of weak intelligence married a woman of slightly higher intelligence but with a strong streak of laziness. They had five stair stepped children. Four of these children slept in the same bed. One never attended school. I have seen her walk barefoot on a frozen creek without flinching.

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