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Columns

  • Understanding paradox is key to enjoying paradise

    Christianity is a religion of paradox because without faith, there is no true Christianity. Think about it: A paradox is defined as “a statement that seems contradictory, unbelievable, or absurd but that may be true in fact.”

    Christians are a people of paradox because they believe to be true what appears in the natural to be unbelievable or absurd.

  • Finding a way to ignore those nagging British voices in your life

    Last Sunday, I decided to visit a new church. I got the address and my husband, Terry, went out to the car and programmed it into our new GPS for me.

    I don’t quite trust the thing. (Once it got me going in circles and I’d still be trying to get to my destination if I hadn’t recognized the same barn, for the third time.)

  • Don’t be fooled by phoney phone deals

    Consumers are reporting to the BBB been ripped off by scammers posing as national telephone companies.

  • Use care when cleaning

    Spring cleaning is a good time to rid your home of the clutter and paperwork accumulated over the past year. When it comes to reviewing your financial records, knowing what to keep, what to discard and when is important.

    Some of these documents contain confidential information, so safe disposal is essential. The Better Business Bureau suggests the following record keeping and removal tips:

  • A lesson about photography, parenting and priorities

    As a longtime photographer, I am well aware of missed opportunities.

    I have missed many good photos because I decided I would get to it later. In springtime, it might be a dogwood blooming along a rustic fence line that I drive by and think, “I’ll stop tomorrow, the light will be better.” In the winter, it could be an old tobacco barn covered in newly fallen snow, serene and isolated in the cold beauty of its surroundings.

  • Lesson of Derby 140: Dreams never should be sold

    Even if you’re not a horse racing fan, you’ve got to love the story of how this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, California Chrome, fulfilled the dream of his owners, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin. It’s a story that inspires us to dream big and take the necessary steps to give dreams a chance of being realized.

  • Farmers, veterinarians know what's best in animal care

    Nine generations of my family have farmed the land in LaRue County and it’s no secret to anyone in our community how seriously we take the health and well-being of our animals. That’s why after reading the Humane Society of the United States April 29 column, “Ag-gag Legislation Keeps Truth Away from Consumers” I felt readers of The News-Enterprise should hear from veterinarians and an actual local pork producer.

  • Checklist can be helpful when hiring a contractor

    Are you planning to do some work on your home this year? Here is a checklist from the BBB on hiring a contractor: 

  • Scramble for cash threatens voice of people

    Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy. These include the decline of Congress as a powerful, coequal branch of government, the accumulation of power in the presidency and the impact of money on the overall political process.

  • Victory can be found by just sticking it out

    We had just finished supper when the phone rang. Only a few hours before, I had been playing football on the sandlot team that my brother Mark had formed after I had hounded him to do so.

    That team was my only hope of playing in 1965, since I was still too young for Washington Elementary School’s football team. Eric was even younger than I was.

    Mark was the perfect coach for our team. After all, he played football for the mighty Bulldogs of Altus High. He coached us up and even scheduled a game with another team that one of his football buddies had formed.