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HOLLENBECK: Trying to think positive while remembering Christmases Past

December 24, 2012

As I get ready to mark the first Christmas without my husband — which as anyone who has walked this path will tell you is no easy undertaking — I'm borrowing on the Norman Vincent Peale premise of "The Power of Positive Thinking."
In that vein, I'm turning my focus toward special memories of the 37 wonderful Christmases we had together.
There are some funny times, some hectic times, some frantic times, some times overshadowed with illness and loss. But through them all was the deep, abiding love we were blessed to share.

GUEST EDITORIAL: God was there at Sandy Hook

December 18, 2012

I have heard the statement that we have taken God out of schools, so why should we be surprised when Evil knocks down the door to our schools.

God is in our schools, he just isn’t “hanging on our walls”. Laws may have taken prayers out of the morning announcements, but no one has taken prayer out of the school.

A church isn’t a church because it has a cross hanging on the walls. It takes people to make a church.

The school in Connecticut had God inside those bullet-ridden walls; those blood stains on the floors were from people that proved that God was there.

Countdown: T minus 7 days

December 17, 2012

By Brent Davis

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past several months, you know the story of the Mayan calendar and how it is said to predict the end of the world as we know it on December 21, 2012. Hence, the countdown has begun.
T-minus one year and counting.

Sense and Nonsense: Making a list, checking it twice, but where is that #*+*~=^! leaping lord?

December 17, 2012

By Lynda Hollenbeck

I usually remain silent when I hear someone cluck "I'm all finished with my Christmas shopping."
It especially grates on my nerves when I hear this uttered about September or so. Some who say such seem to do so with an air of "I'm so perfect that I can't imagine doing it any other way."
To my ears, they speak with foreign tongue.
I have a friend who sometimes completes her shopping as early as July. It's amazing that we've had enough in common to remain friends for 35 years.

Enter the Net: Net ‘slows’ may not be carrier’s fault

December 13, 2012

By David Hughes

Every once in a while my son will holler, “Dad, why is the Internet so slow? I’m only about 25 (megabits per second.)” I know that’s a bunch of hogwash because we have fiber-optic-based Verizon FIOS and we pay a pretty penny for 75/35 (megs per second up and down, respectively) and unless there’s something really wrong it seldom deviates more that 10 percent – if that.

Sense and Nonsense: It's hard to top a doll that's just a doll and nothing more

December 10, 2012

By Lynda Hollenbeck

I'm old enough to remember when a doll was a doll.
That's it. It was a doll and nothing else. Period.
I had lots of dolls that didn't do anything but exist. They had no switches or strings or other devices to make them do things.
To make them wonderful, it took only one thing: Imagination.
And I had plenty of that.
My dolls became stowaways on ships, stars in movies, heiresses to great fortunes, investigators who were at the center of international plots. You name it; I could work them into a plot.

Celebrate the season of giving

December 10, 2012

By Jennifer Joyner

The Dem Party Line: Here we go again, same old game plan

December 10, 2012

By Clark Hopper

The little snowman

December 10, 2012

By Brent Davis

I stood outside in the cold. Waiting. The sun had slipped behind the mountains and the wind blew through the valley, taking with it what little warmth remained. The snow that fell the day before had melted slightly and was now a frozen winter blanket on the concrete outside the theater. It was Christmas and we had come to see the Nativity Story.

Outside of the Box: Charlie Brown Offensive? Good Grief!

December 10, 2012

By Camille Nesler

Recently, a church in Little Rock has had to reschedule its production
of the children's Christmas play, “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” due
to a bunch of controversy over some elementary school teachers' offer
to take kids to see the play on a school day.
Apparently, some atheists in the community believe the teachers at
this school have stepped over the line separating church and state.
According to a news report, the controversy started when a parent
expressed her concern to the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers, stating

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