Wars and rumors of wars

One month after the election, President-elect Donald Trump made a “victory tour” of states that had helped deliver his surprise win. In Fayetteville, N.C., Trump introduced his choice for Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis, and pledged the following: “We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn’t […]

Government healthcare is here to stay — to our loss

What do we take away, then, from the earthquake on the Senate floor recently, with wisps of smoke still rising from the ruins of Republican efforts to do something — anything — likely to rationalize the healthcare mess? We take away, or should, the lesson that government can’t do everything, and when it tries to, […]

Radio days

When I was 10 months into my 16th year, I encountered the most fortuitous opportunity. Back then, I always exclaimed of my extraordinary luck but as I have grown older and more knowledgeable of such things, I now realize it was an enormous blessing. I had been placed in a program that was for industrious, […]

Back to school and the lessons children teach

Art Linkletter used to say, “Kids say the darndest things!”  That’s one reason I enjoy our “children’s moment.” At a certain point in our morning worship service, our younger children come to the front (usually ages 5-8 or so) and we have a “talk” and object lesson on their level. Sometimes I chit-chat with the […]

Living with danger

I used to wonder how the citizens of Israel functioned day to day. There was a time when bombings, terrorist attacks, and rockets aimed at residential areas were routine. One could be sitting at an outdoor cafe one minute and be maimed or dead the next. “What would it be like to continually live under […]

The business of running for political office

By Carlotta Ungaro In the book, “We Don’t Make Widgets,” Ken Miller makes the case that government and business actually operate similarly and that successful business practices can improve government. With this thought, the Fayette Chamber is proud to offer for the second year, Candidate Academy. In elections, the “product” is the candidate, including his […]

A teachable moment

Maui is a Hawaiian demigod. He lassoed the sun closer to the Earth to stretch the days, pulled the Hawaiian Islands from the sea and made coconuts into trees just for fun. He’s a trickster and star of the hit children’s movie ”Moana.” While wielding a giant magic fishhook, he turns into different animals and […]

This time, we’ll be getting paid for building

By Sen. Valencia Seay As we’ve celebrated June 19th recently and July 4th last month, I reflect on the sacrifices our ancestors endured to build this country. Sacrifice is probably the wrong word because it implies that there was a willingness, that we volunteered to hand over our labor free of charge in order for […]

A plan to save Social Security

It is no secret that what the major media seem to care most about is radically different from what concerns average Americans. While the inside the Beltway crowd continues to focus on alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia, real concerns like the future of Social Security are ignored. The Social Security Board of Trustees, […]

Western values are superior

Here’s part of President Donald Trump’s speech in Poland: “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire […]