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The Dem Party Line: Are America’s gun laws headed In the right direction?

January 21, 2013

By Clark Hopper, contributing writer

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.

Out of the Box: Freedom of religion for all

January 21, 2013

By Camille Nesler, contributing writer

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 don’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

Enter the Net: How does your family consume video?

January 21, 2013

By David Hughes, contributing writer

How do you and your family –consume- video? It’s now old hat to say “watch television” because today, video comes from many more sources than just on-air and cable sources. More and more what we watch on our “screens” had its beginnings somewhere on the Internet.
Note I said “screens,” instead of television set or “boob tube.” That’s because the Internet and Wi-Fi technologies have freed how you consume that video from being tied to the family television system.

Common sense: Message from 100 years ago still applies

January 21, 2013

By Brent Davis, editor of The Saline Courier

I like cemeteries. There it is. I've said it. There are days when I take a visit to one of the local cemeteries to walk around, clear my mind and think. When one opens their mind, it is amazing what one will learn.
During a recent walk through New Rosemont Cemetery in Benton, I came across a headstone with a touching epitaph. Messages found on the older markers were put there to remind of us the person buried nearby or as a means to express the sorrow and grief of those who are left behind on this mortal earth.

Common Sense: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right ... here I am

January 21, 2013

By Brent Davis, editor of The Saline Courier

It is my studied opinion that no decade had better music than the 70s. The exception would be that timeless carryover from the 60s - the Beatles, a group that actually belongs to every generation since.

SENSE AND NONSENSE: Y'all just come on down to the house and we'll talk Southern.

January 16, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

As a product of the South — and a lifelong resident — I can attest to the fact that there’s a Southern expression for practically everything.
I can’t explain why we Southern folk turn our talk in a different manner. I just know that we do.
Recently, I became aware of this anew in a conversation with co-worker Maribeth Bueche, a native of Colorado. The language acquired in her midwestern upbringing didn’t encompass a lot of words and phrases that are common to those us who have never lived above the Mason-Dixon Line.

BOGGS: What does the future hold for the Courier?

January 16, 2013

By Steve Boggs, publisher of The Saline Courier

It is a privilege to serve as publisher of your local paper. The Courier has a long and rich tradition of excellence, and my goal is to maintain and add to the newspaper’s 137-year thread of reporting local news to the residents of Saline County.
I’m looking forward to getting to know people in the community and welcome any input you have. We have a solid staff with a good attitude and there is much to be done moving forward.

JOYNER: Taking interest in the small things

January 16, 2013

By Jennifer Joyner

Not too long ago, I took my 2-year-old son, Dylan, to the zoo. I had been looking forward to this event for months because I just knew he would be absolutely mesmerized by seeing the animals.
Since he was six months old, his favorite books and toys all featured wildlife. He has always loved to play with his stuffed animals and often gets on all fours and roars like a lion.
Every time there is a dog or cat in our vicinity, his eyes light up. I thought the first trip to the zoo was going to be an incredible experience for him.

THE DEM PARTY LINE: Congress Needs to Address America’s Real Budget Buster

January 16, 2013

By Clark Hopper

OUT OF THE BOX: Cats, manure and science projects

January 16, 2013

By Camille Nesler

It’s that dreaded time of year again and all parents know what I’m
talking about: it’s science fair project time at all the schools. Any
day now my kids will be bringing home a note announcing this dreaded
annual event. They will also inform me that I “have to” to help them.
Great. I think I’d rather stick nails under my fingernails than come
up with one more idea for a science project.
Back when I was in school, we didn’t do projects for science fairs
until we were in the 9th grade. That seems perfectly reasonable to me.


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