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.
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.
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.
As a product of the South â€” and a lifelong resident â€” I can attest to the fact that thereâ€™s a Southern expression for practically everything.
I canâ€™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 didnâ€™t encompass a lot of words and phrases that are common to those us who have never lived above the Mason-Dixon Line.
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 newspaperâ€™s 137-year thread of reporting local news to the residents of Saline County.
Iâ€™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.