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Let it go

Rick Ryckeley's picture

If you have children 12 years old or younger, chances are you’ve seen the hit Disney movie “Frozen” about a gazillion times, and rightfully so. It’s quite possibly the best kid’s movie of all time.

Not just because the movie features Olaf, an adorable snowman whose singing and dancing ranks right up there with Fred Astaire, but because all the music is infectious. This is especially true of the message and lyrics of the Oscar-winning song, “Let it go.” Read More»

15 years later, another Christmas

Cal Beverly's picture

The opinion reprinted below first appeared in The Citizen Christmas week, 1999.

In the year of our Lord 19 hundred and 99...

Many cultural commentators argue that the United States has entered the post-Christian era, and many applaud that transition as a desirable change in an increasingly multicultural society with diverse religious viewpoints. Read More»

Who’s responsible?

Thomas Sowell's picture

The cold-blooded murder of two New York City policemen as they sat in their car is not only an outrage but also a wake-up call. It shows, in the most painful way, the high cost of having demagogues, politicians, mobs and the media constantly taking cheap shots at the police. Read More»

Who’s the ‘extremist’ around here anyway

William Murchison's picture

Among the journalistic takeaways from the late Congress’ death frenzies is the equivocal plight of the two parties — the grown-up deal makers in both cases squeezed by hardcore, do-it-our-way extremists. On the Republican side John Boehner beset by Ted Cruz, in the Democratic camp the pragmatic Hillary Clinton wing forced to contend with the true-believing fans of Elizabeth Warren. Read More»

2014: O Christmas Tree

Ronda Rich's picture

It was late in the summer of my parents’ lives that I was born into a family with three children well on their way to being grown and done with home.

Life had been a struggle for Mama and Daddy en route to escaping completely the poverty of their Appalachian childhoods. They were married for 12 years before they owned their first lamp (I have and cherish that piece of earthly gain) which was acquired through the generosity of a church congregation that pooled its money and bought it for them. Read More»

Ask Father Paul - Was (is) Jesus God?

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Answers to your questions about life, religion and the Bible

Was (is) Jesus God?

Dear Father Paul:  Here it is Christmas again. I am a believer in Jesus, but some of my friends are not. We frequently discuss whether or not Jesus was the Son of God, and neither side will give an inch. Is there any proof? What is the evidence, if any, that Jesus was, indeed, deity? — Denise
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Christmas traditions

Rick Ryckeley's picture

If asked, most folks will say they have traditions surrounding the holidays unique only to their family.

Some have ugly sweater parties, others collect nutcrackers from all corners of the world, and at least one neighbor decorates their house with so many lights that the display can be seen from outer space.

While growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, my family was no exception when it came to having family traditions.

Although, looking back, some of those traditions might seem downright strange. Read More»

Christmas traditions

David Epps's picture

It is the season for traditions. When I was a child, everyone on my mother’s side of the family gathered for a Christmas Eve dinner at the home of my mother’s parents. My mom had two sisters and, all together, they produced six grandchildren. It was a lively gathering with wonderful food and lots of conversation. Read More»

Where is the spirit of giving?

Bonnie Willis's picture

There is something truly special about this time of year, as we, as a nation, seem to recognize that this is the season for giving. Many of us are blessed in that despite difficult financial circumstances, we still have the ability to give something – even if it is a simple card. Recently, I had a conversation that motivated me to come out of my self-imposed sabbatical and write this article on giving. Read More»

Will you support an extraordinary American?

Terry Garlock's picture
There is a man, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn C. Cashe, who richly deserves the Medal of Honor, America’s highest award for valor in combat against an enemy. I am asking for your help to petition on his behalf.
 
Russ Vaugn recently wrote about the events in Iraq in 2005. Before he deployed, SFC Cashe’s sister heard him say he would never leave one of his soldiers behind, and she scolded him not to be a hero, to learn to duck and come home. He told her, “... I have to take care of my boys.”
 
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