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THE DEM PARTY LINE: Why are Congressman Diverting Our Attention?

January 7, 2013

By Clark Hopper

DAVIS: Power outage reminds me of time a decade ago

January 7, 2013

By Brent Davis

A house filled with children is a house filled with noises, commotions and smells not found in other places. If at least two of the siblings are in the adolescent stage of development and within one year of age of each other, the clatter and constant drone created simply by their presence is at levels that make the decibel scale insufficient for measurement. Adolescents create noise simply by “being,” much similar to the way Pigpen creates dust just by standing still. It’s a law of nature. It can’t be stopped. You can only hope to contain it.

OUT OF THE BOX: Let it snow? I don’t think so

January 7, 2013

By Camille Nesler

Let me be the first to say that I WAS not one of those people who were running around hoping for a “White Christmas.” Honestly? If I had my way, I’d live on an island in the middle of nowhere, surrounded only by blue ocean waters and the ONLY time I’d leave is when there were threats of a hurricane. Or a tsunami. And maybe a volcano eruption? Ok, ok, I get it. No place is perfect no matter where you live, but I have to say, if I wanted to shovel snow and drive on icy roads, I’d have stayed in Chicago.

Enter the Net: CES 2013 promises new dreams for us geeks

January 7, 2013

By David Hughes

Ahhh … ain’t it wonderful? It’s the day after Santey came bringing you and your household a Chevy Suburban chock-full of new – what you think are – state of the art electronic gizmos and gadgets which should make you happy for years on end. And, you have the credit card debt to prove it.

DAVIS: Spending Christmas in Heaven

January 7, 2013

By Brent Davis

I see the countless Christmas trees
Around the world below,
With tiny lights like Heavens stars
Reflecting in the snow.

The sight is so spectacular
Please wipe away the tears
For I’m spending Christmas
With Jesus Christ this year

I hear the many Christmas songs
That people hold so dear
But earthly music cant compare
With the Christmas choir up here

I have no words to tell you
The joy their voices bring
For its beyond description
To hear the angels sing

I know how much you miss me,
Trust God and have no fear
For I’m spending Christmas

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.

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