When are freedoms worth fighting for?

When I saw a brief television clip of how a Coweta football coach was reprimanded for joining his players in prayer, I thought, surely, this is somehow being misconstrued. However, it would appear our school administrators are cautioning faculty and staff from joining student-initiated prayer. As a person of faith, I ask, at what point […]

What is ‘end game’ of NFL protest?

Over the past week I had two friends ask me how I felt about the “NFL Controversy.” I had been thinking about it for quite some time, but I wanted to hear their thoughts before weighing in, and I am glad I did. Even though these friends were on opposite sides of the issue, they […]

What kind of example are we setting?

The other day, volunteering at my daughter’s school selling ice cream, I had the opportunity to observe the social behavior of some adorable elementary school-aged children. At first, there weren’t many children coming up to purchase ice-cream. However, as time went on, a line began to form. During this time, I noticed one boy being […]

Climate change: Can we make room for debate?

With the recent hits of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, I find many commentators are speculating as to how these hurricanes are occurring. And it doesn’t take long for global climate change to enter the conversation with “experts” and socio-political commentators pointing out that these hurricanes — and virtually any powerful weather event — are anecdotal […]

What is a ‘right’?

Two recent events got me thinking about our “rights” as citizens. The first involved an email I received from my daughter’s school regarding the compassionate efforts of one of her classmates to engage in a clean water campaign for developing countries. It was referenced as, “Clean Water is a Right.” Although I understood the heart […]

Reconciling faith and politics

I have written columns that were deeply personal, some that were somewhat controversial, and some that were simply jovial reflections, but this one has gnawed at me for years. It touches on why I started writing opinion columns and why I think voices like mine are so desperately needed in this day and age. When […]

The age of drama, pseudo-reality

I read Pastor Epps’ column, “Drama Addiction” [The Citizen, Feb. 4,2017] and thought, “Wow, he came to the same conclusion as I did about living in drama.” I had written a column a couple of weeks ago on the topic, but did not submit it. I don’t recall why. But maybe it is intended to […]

The U.S.A. is not a democracy

In the president’s farewell speech last week, he referred to the United States as a democracy, and my immediate thought was, “No, it’s not. Actually, it is a republic.” To be fair, the president has referred to our nation as a republic in the past. However, considering the ongoing reaction to the election; questioning the […]

‘Imagine’ in 2017

Like many families, mine sat in front of the television minutes before midnight to say good-bye to a tumultuous 2016. The final act was a singer who chose the John Lennon song, “Imagine,” as a symbolic gesture of hope to ring in 2017. Here are the words to the first half of the song: “Imagine […]

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