Who is to blame for our $16 trillion national debt? Thatâ€™s easy, I am. So are you. So are our neighbors, friends, family members and community leaders. We, the taxpayers, allowed this reckless fiscal spending to get so far out of hand.
How many ways does federal spending touch your life? Whether it is through Social Security and Medicare, or a new stretch of I-30 asphalt, federal funding affects us all in some way or another.
One of the perks of being the editor of a small town newspaper is seeing what goes on behind the scenes of everyday life. There are voices out there that would have you believe the county is full of nothing but dirty politicians, meth addicts and shoplifters. Saline County is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. However, from the view of one who is privileged to see residents at their best every day, I say those who think poorly of our community have a very skewed perception of humanity.
To be a criminal, by definition, is to be a lawbreaker. If a murderer breaks only one law in the commission of his felony, he is to the same degree a criminal as the man or woman who breaks 100 laws committing the murder.
To a rational lawmaker, then, the answer is not to make more laws, but to enforce the laws on the books, and to see to it that justice is done when someone breaks the law.
Accusations of bias in reporting are something that every reporter, editor and publisher will face. That's ok. The written word, while often times inspiring and dramatic, has several inherent flaws. As opposed to listening to the spoken word, reading the written word does not contain the intent of the writer which is determined by the filter of the reader.
By Lynda Hollenbeck, senior editor of The Saline Courier
Fully aware that in this day of "eating healthy" I'm not being politically correct here, I'm still confessing that I'm a big fan of french fries and catsup.
Or should I say french fries and ketchup. I never know.
I don't eat them often, but I like them and I haven't eliminated them from my diet. I just faithfully take my cholesterol-fighting pill every night and keep on enjoying the verboten fare.
There is much more we can do as a society to keep guns out of the hands of unstable people, if only those bent on outlawing gun ownership didnâ€™t control the agenda.
Right now they do, and these are scary times for the Second Amendment.
I was watching a television show one evening and the topic was our perceptions of reality. The program was filled with scientists and researches stating that the very images flashing before our eyes is not an accurate depiction of the world in front of us.
To prove their point, a group of test subjects was gathered and asked to determine which square on a screen was lighter than the other or if the two squares were actually the same shade of gray.
After the recent senseless loss of life at Newtown, CN, I have heard many suggestions about what to do in order to eliminate any reoccurrence. After looking at causes of gun violence in our society such as violence on television, news media, movies, video games, lax gun control and large gun magazine capacity, I feel you might need more information about recent changes to past and current gun laws.
Does anyone ever stop and think about how privileged we are in this
country to enjoy freedom of religion? Do we really appreciate the fact
that we can pray anytime, anywhere we feel the need? That we can go
into any church of our choice on a Sunday morning and worship without
being persecuted? Does anyone REALLY know what freedom of religion is
all about? Sadly, I think many people donâ€™t have a clue. Or, they
mistakenly think it ONLY applies to Christianity. Sorry to disappoint
you, but the same freedoms that I enjoy as a Christian, apply to
How do you and your family â€“consume- video? Itâ€™s now old hat to say â€śwatch televisionâ€ť because today, video comes from many more sources than just on-air and cable sources. More and more what we watch on our â€śscreensâ€ť had its beginnings somewhere on the Internet.
Note I said â€śscreens,â€ť instead of television set or â€śboob tube.â€ť Thatâ€™s because the Internet and Wi-Fi technologies have freed how you consume that video from being tied to the family television system.