Opinion

The changing images of heaven and hell in the American consciousness

Dr. Gary Scott Smith's picture

Heaven and hell are in the news and on Americans’ minds a lot lately.

“Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” is currently number one on The New York Times Best Seller List for nonfiction. It details a 4-year-old’s near-death experience as told to his pastor father.

“The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World” describes the similar experiences of a 6-year-old after he awoke from a two-month coma caused by a car accident. Read More»

Healthcare reform: Treat disease, not symptoms

Dr. Brian E. Hill's picture

If physicians treated symptoms, they would never cure. Prescribing a cough suppressant to a patient with an intractable cough without searching for an underlying cause, for example, is obviously foolhardy. If cancer were present, it would inevitably progress and take that patient’s life. Cure comes through recognizing symptoms and parsing them to diagnose and treat disease. Problem-solving in health policy should employ the same approach. Read More»

No confidence in schools’ budget

I spent the last two days at the Fayette County budget meetings. County Administrator Jack Krakeel, Chief Financial Officer Mary Holland and Assistant Financial Officer Toni Howard did an outstanding job presenting a very complex budget.

This is in sharp contrast to the ridiculous presentation the Comptroller of the Board of Education, Laura Brock, gave [May 24].

In just one short week, her fund forecast changed from a negative of $3.3 million to a positive of $300,000. Unfortunately, her forecasts are like that all the time. Read More»

Storm warnings on West Bypass funds

Sunny skies earlier in the day on Thursday had me smiling until the storms came through. We had one storm on the outside and another storm in the Board of Commissioners meeting in Fayette County. Read More»

Invoking his faith, Commissioner Hearn must answer to its tenets

It’s discouraging to find myself in a dilemma where I’m personally watching one of my elected officials, chosen to represent my best interests, someone who even claims to share my faith and values, tarnish Christianity in public meetings and in the newspapers.

Many in this room are not of the Christian faith, but you, Commissioner Hearn, personally informed me after a candidates’ debate that you share my faith as a born-again Christian believer. Read More»

Walking sticks

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Some years ago, I wrote about our late former mayor Howard Morgan leaning on a cane when he came to vote at the precinct where I worked.

It was not a cane, he informed me, but a walking stick. He’d had some health problems and all he needed was another leg, so to speak, to form a steadying tripod on the ground.

As we greeted each other and he came closer, I noticed that this was not an ordinary stick. When I admired it, he handed it to me to examine while he went about the business of a democratic government. Read More»

Brain vs. Mouth

Rick Ryckeley's picture

There are some things in this world of which I really don’t understand. Why, whatever the age, children don’t listen to the more mature, wiser, parents. Why lessons always have to be learned the hard way. Can’t sometimes they be learned the easy way? And why everything that taste really good is full of calories and isn’t good for you.

These are truly important questions that have bewildered me for years. But what tops my list of befuddlement? In the epic battle between brains vs. mouth, why does mouth always win? I have listed but a few of my classic gaffs to illustrate the point. Read More»

Jesus and Mary in Australia?

David Epps's picture

After 2,000 years, Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene have returned to Earth. Well, maybe not.

Alan John Miller, 47, and Mary Suzanne Luck, 32, claim to be the couple reincarnated and returned to Earth. So far, they have gathered about 40 followers who have bought their claim. Read More»

‘They all deserve to be remembered’

Terry Garlock's picture

My columns frequently revolve around my reverence for our troops and veterans, and my concern that they shoulder the risks to keep the rest of us comfortable while we do nothing. When we send our young men and women to war nowadays, we don’t even pay for it, we send the bill to our children.

Jim Chambers, a Fayetteville reader, contacted me months ago to express his similar feelings, and after I mentioned my daughter’s illness in a column he kindly let me know she is in his daily prayers. Jim contacted me again after reading last week’s column, “The Wall That Heals.” Read More»