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Where is the spirit of giving?

Bonnie Willis's picture

There is something truly special about this time of year, as we, as a nation, seem to recognize that this is the season for giving. Many of us are blessed in that despite difficult financial circumstances, we still have the ability to give something – even if it is a simple card. Recently, I had a conversation that motivated me to come out of my self-imposed sabbatical and write this article on giving. Read More»

Will you support an extraordinary American?

Terry Garlock's picture
There is a man, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn C. Cashe, who richly deserves the Medal of Honor, America’s highest award for valor in combat against an enemy. I am asking for your help to petition on his behalf.
 
Russ Vaugn recently wrote about the events in Iraq in 2005. Before he deployed, SFC Cashe’s sister heard him say he would never leave one of his soldiers behind, and she scolded him not to be a hero, to learn to duck and come home. He told her, “... I have to take care of my boys.”
 
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Nothing under the tree . . . is Christmas

Greg Moffatt's picture

Nothing under the tree is Christmas. Let me explain.

Like most children, when I was little, I thought Christmas was about presents. They awaited me under the tree and the excitement about Christmas morning was more than I could stand. I stared for hours at the large, hot Christmas lights on our tree and wondered what was in the packages beneath it.

But after Christmas presents were opened and the area underneath the tree was bare, I felt hollow – like I had missed something. Read More»

Tortured reasoning

Thomas Sowell's picture

Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were “torture.”

But any serious discussion of a serious issue — and surely terrorism qualifies as serious — has to move beyond semantics and confront the ultimate question: “Compared to what alternative?”

If you knew that there was a hidden nuclear time bomb planted somewhere in New York City — set to go off today — and you had a captured terrorist who knew where and when, would you not do anything whatever to make him tell you where and when? Read More»

Should profiling be banned?

Walter Williams's picture

Last week, the Obama administration announced new curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement. Before deciding whether this is good or bad policy, we might try to develop a description/definition of racial profiling or any other kind of profiling.

A good definition of profiling in general is the use of an easily observed physical characteristic as a guess for some other, difficult-to-observe characteristic. The reason people profile is that information is costly and they seek methods to economize on information costs. One way to do that is through profiling. Read More»

American Dream still is thriving

Ronda Rich's picture

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with that disagreement.

But that would not be the case with a reader named Lois who took me to task for a column on the American Dream. I lamented that we’re not doing enough to extol it. I asked, “Why aren’t we celebrating the opportunities of a country where the poor can rise mightily?” Read More»

What’s on God’s Christmas list?

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

One Utah mother got so fed up with her three boys’ sense of entitlement, self-centeredness and poor attitude that she cancelled their Christmas this year.

Or, at least, their materialistic version. Lisa Henderson wrote, “We have not cancelled putting up decorations, celebrating the birth of our Savior, or any of our other heartwarming traditions. But we have cancelled presents, Santa, and stockings.” Read More»

Showing a classic

Carolyn Cary's picture

This week is the 75th anniversary of the movie “Gone With The Wind.” The book was released in May, 1936 to Book Club members and in June, 1936, to the general public. It was the middle of the Depression and $3.00 for a book was a bit pricey. Many went together and kicked in a quarter each to make the purchase.

The movie came out in December, 1939 with its premier in Atlanta on Dec. 15 It is reported that when an actress from England was chosen for the top female role, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Florida commented, “at least it wasn’t a Yankee”. Read More»

Christmas cards

David Epps's picture

Christmas cards

Finally, I finished all my Christmas cards! This year I sent out about 250 cards to members of my family, my church family, clergy in the diocese, and several military chaplains — oh, and several friends and other clergy colleagues.

It is an annual ritual that I try to start work on around the first of November. This year I didn’t get started until Dec. 3. But the cards are all in the mail now and I have breathed a sigh of relief. Read More»

A toyless Christmas

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Ask any parent. There’s just about nothing better than watching a child’s face on Christmas morning.

Parents, awakened early, are dragged out of bed and pulled down hallways by children excited to see if Santa actually stopped by their house during the night.

Smiles on little faces seem to grow wide with wonder as each present under the Christmas tree is unwrapped and revealed.

Yes, the face of a child on Christmas morning is truly unforgettable, and it’s almost always happy — almost. Read More»

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