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 […]

Dressing up

A couple of years ago, a national book tour dropped me in Oxford, Mississippi, on a Friday afternoon before an Ole Miss home football game against Texas A&M. After my signing at Square Books, I took advantage of the pretty October day by taking a bench and watching the stream of people around the town […]

Oddo on animal shelter: Process has just begun

Oddo on animal shelter: Process has just begun

Let’s focus on what actually happened on July 13 and understand what will come. Efficient governing is a function of communication and consensus building. The commissioners have the individual responsibility to act together to create an atmosphere that fosters positive results. Acting unilaterally often results in the discord and friction witnessed on July 13. The […]