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Today's Opinions

  • Origins of Memorial Day reviewed as nation remembers

    Memorial Day may be the unofficial kick-off to summer, but as we ready for the upcoming holiday weekend, it is vital that we never forget it is much more than that. It is also a time when we as a nation pause to mourn and to reflect upon those men and women who paid the ultimate price defending our freedom.
    The holiday is nearing its 150th anniversary, and given that it came about in the wake of the Civil War, it seems appropriate that there is still some debate between the North and South about its exact origin.

  • Easter is for laughing

    When I was a new Christian, I discovered a portrait of Jesus called the “Laughing Christ” at a Christian book store.
    At the time I was attending a serious church, a church where the thought of Jesus laughing was most likely frowned on. Maybe Jesus smiled at babies and puppies, but telling jokes with his friends? God forbid.
    Consequently, because the serious people at that serious church were so serious about their Christian faith, they presented Jesus as serious too. Serious equals somber and sober, which equals humorless and kinda mean.

  • Nevada, rebirth of a free nation

    Editor:
    Just the other day in Nevada Americans stood strong and I truly believe history was being made and a rebirth of a free nation is at hand. Sad to say it will take a little longer because the un-American government backed off when we the people did not cow under.

  • Legislators tackle lingering issues

    Traditionally, the last day of a legislative session is set aside just to consider any vetoes the governor may make.  Recently, however, the General Assembly has also used the time to wrap up a few lingering issues, and this year is no different.

  • Some observations on college basketball

    Why do we get so bent out of shape over sports in general, but especially college basketball?

    We are so quick to be proud supporters of one team and villify other teams and supporters of other teams. Often the verbage disintegrates into hateful language. Hey, we’re all God’s people here and we’re supposed to be neighbors and friends. But I have seen so much verbal denigration and trash talk on social networking during March Madness that I am beyond ready for something else to take our focus.

  • Approved budget will please many, disappoint some

    While several issues remain unresolved, the General Assembly completed its biggest task early last week when it overwhelmingly approved a budget to run state government for the next two years.
    In many ways, this legislation mirrors the proposal the House voted for last month. It gives our elementary and secondary schools, for example, their first real increase since 2008.  There is also significantly more revenue for such things as textbooks, school safety measures and teacher development.

  • Love is in the air, let it heal

    As you survey your life, tune back into the healing quality of love and the fulfillment it brings. Your body lets you know through your physical symptoms when and where there is trouble. Listen to your body’s signals of trauma and emotional duress and be more aware of your own inner knowing to feel what is transpiring in your own body systems. You need this same awareness of sensitivity to accurately deal with your relationships with others.

  • Gospel dreamin’ leads to questions

    As I mentioned in last week’s column, here at the paper we never know what kind of conversation we’ll have when the phone rings.
    Recently, as I picked up the phone a woman blurted out, “Do you believe God talks to you through your dreams?”
    My first thought: Is this a trick question? Does she believe it or does she believe it’s hocus pocus hooey balooey?
    My second thought: I hope she didn’t dream that God wants her to run me over with a forklift.