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Is President Obama still a beacon of hope?

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To many citizens it is mystifying why, in the current economy, so many Americans are still casting their votes for President Obama.

They cite statistics like 23 million people unemployed or under-employed, one out of six Americans in poverty (earning less than $23,000 per year), net incomes decreasing by more than $4,000 per year, and an increase in the cost of living.

For these people, this is irrefutable evidence that the current administration’s policies are not working, and we need a change. Read More»

The day after the elections: A prediction

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I have two boys, and like most boys they love to wrestle. Many times, however, their wrestling turns to full-blown fights. Inevitably, I begin to hear the yelling and stumbling, and within a few minutes one or both of my boys come running to me, red-faced, sweaty, and in tears. One — or both brothers — then starts hurling accusations against the other for things he had done, and the other will do the same. Read More»

What should we do about the nation’s poor?

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The political season heating up, and I have family and friends who have strong political convictions on both sides of the aisle.

Since they generally work hard, provide for their families, and attempt to live honest and godly lives, I have been thinking why are they on opposite sides of the political aisle.

This question has triggered some interesting conversations that seem to highlight a fundamental difference between the two opposing viewpoints and one I’d like to explore in this article: What should we do with the poor? Read More»

Reflections on 9/11 after violence in Middle East

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Sept. 11, 2001 is a day I will never forget. But this 11th anniversary — as it was on that fateful day — started off as just another hopeful day in America.

This year I was attending an all-day client team meeting. The meeting started at 8:30 a.m., and I sat at a conference table with 10 other people looking out the window at a beautiful pristine sky, flat landscape covered with trees, and small buildings. Read More»

Is American morality being redefined?

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I never really understood the power of the culture to change and redefine morality until I watched the film, “The Bridges of Madison County,” with two of my girlfriends.

The movie was basically about the plight of a desperately “unloved” wife who discovered a passionate “love” with a drifter, but ultimately stayed in her marriage for the sake of her family.

At the end of the movie, I sat there thinking, yes, the characters are sympathetic, and it was a powerful performance, but the ultimate message was wrong, because it empathizes with a woman having an adulterous affair. Read More»

School redistricting: Missed opportunities

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This past week I was so encouraged to see hundreds of fellow Fayette County citizens attending the first public hearing at Fayette County High School regarding how our schools might be redistricted given two school closure proposals. Read More»

In praise of the dignity of honestly earning your pay

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As a wife and mother, I have the wonderful opportunity to do a lot of my work from home. Each week I have to submit the hours that I work electronically.

A friend of mine once commented on how great it would be to have a job where you could get your work done quickly, relax the rest of the time, and just report that you worked a full week anyway.

Originally, I dismissed the comment as a joke, but then I realized that each and every week I am faced with the ethical and moral decision of whether or not to “pad” my hours or not. Read More»

Who is your neighbor?

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To my shame, despite living in our home for nearly five years, it has only been in the last few months that I’ve gotten to know our neighbors, Tom and Dody.

While my husband had gotten to know them over the past few years while cutting the front yard, I had always been too busy to meet them.

Well, a few months ago, one early evening in the spring, I was about to go inside and make dinner, but I happened to notice our neighbor’s garage door open and decided to walk over and introduce myself. Read More»

Communications lessons from my husband

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Last week I wrote a column describing why I love Chick-fil-A. I did not think I was writing anything particularly controversial.

Following the column’s publication, as I do every week, I went online to read if anyone had posted any comments. In the past, I have received maybe two comments for a given column, and feedback from neighbors. Imagine my surprise when I went online Friday and saw 91 comments! Read More»

I love Chick-fil-A . . . now more than ever

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While I knew there was a contingent in our society that have contempt for traditional values, I did not think we were at that day when simply expressing those values would be vilified and construed as undermining our country, but that is exactly what is happening to a brand that I love — Chick-fil-A.

It started with Dan Cathy, current company president and son of the founder of Chick-fil-A, doing an innocuous interview with The Baptist Press in mid-July, after which opponents have accused the food chain of being discriminatory, bigoted and unconstitutional. Read More»

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