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Judge Roy Moore Is Resonating

The rising political star of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama is another surprise in a political season defined by the unexpected and the unconventional. On Aug. 15, Moore finished ahead of Senator Luther Strange in a primary election to pick the Republican candidate who will run in November’s ...

Separate accounts?

Dear Dave, I have a full-time job, but I also have a small Etsy business on the side selling 10 products that makes about $200 a month. I don’t see the money from this part-time work getting any bigger in the future. Should I keep a separate account for this business, or just roll it into ...

The Arc of the Moral Universe

I learned being a “nation of laws” is not the end all to beat all metric by which to measure a people. But it sounds good. Whether it be the laws of militarism, theocracy, empire, democracy, revolution, despotism or the laws of nature and God, all nations are nations of laws, thus rendering ...

Living out the fantasy … football that is

Fantasy football is a wonderful game where average guys compete with each other over the athletic prowess of professional football players for imaginary points on a make-believe team. In other words, it’s fantastically important. It gives regular football what it has lacked for decades: ...

Soup’s on!

As the weather turns cooler I enjoy making a pot of soup. The chicken noodle soup takes some time but it’s worth it. Chicken Noodle Soup Stock 1 white or yellow onion, chopped into a large dice 2 stalks celery, chopped into a large dice 2 carrots, chopped into a large dice 3 lbs. ...

Closing the door on ads

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about too many junk flyers: “Dear Heloise: I want people to please stop leaving ads for various restaurants, child care, lawn and tree-trimming services, religious information and all the other info. It’s stuffed in my door, left on the porch or, ...

If Republicans Don’t Make a Move, They Deserve to Lose

Politics is the art of shifting the playing field. This is an art Republicans simply don’t understand. Perhaps it’s because they spend so much time attempting to stop the Democratic snowball from running downhill too quickly, but Republicans in power have an unfortunate tendency to ...

Football’s enjoyment is on a fade pattern

Autumn, which is bearing down upon us like a menacing linebacker, is, as John Keats said, a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Actually, Keats, a romantic, did not mention that last part. He died before the birth of the subject of a waning ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

Leviticus 19:28 prohibits self-mutilation of any sort, “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you.” This prohibition was mainly because such self-mutilation was practiced in several pagan cults. A good illustration of this may be found in I ...

Future Files

Hurricanes hitting the Southeast United States have typically caused extreme swings in commodity markets as they attempt to assess threats and damage to the natural resources that we depend on for our food, fuel, clothing and shelter. • Citrus Crops — The southern half of Florida is ...

‘We The People’

Did you know that Sept. 17 marks the 230th anniversary for the signing of the U.S. Constitution? Deemed as Constitution and Citizenship Day, each educational program who receives federal funds is required to hold an education program about the constitution. However, you can be your child’s ...

On taxes and immigration: look to Hungary

Congress has returned to Washington after another unearned vacation and faces at least two immediate challenges, in addition to the familiar ritual of raising the debt ceiling. President Trump has called the indecipherable U.S. tax code “self-destructive.” He has also decided to end the ...

Bullying … when will it stop

Recently, a child took his life due to bullying. It’s terrible that when a child is bullied so badly that he can’t face another year in school, he only sees one way out. Who are these kids that think they can do this to another and there are no consequences. This must change! It is ...

Truth Suffers in Defense of Antifa

For decades, liberal journalists have often tried to discredit conservative protest movements, from the tea party to the pro-lifers, by smearing them with violent extremists. So it’s fascinating to read liberal Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan warn on Sept. 4 against tarring ...

Attitude check: ‘Tell me something good!’

As the Iowa State Fair draws to a close each August, those of us who are passionate about our work in the field of education are anxious for the return of our faculty and students. Throughout Iowa Valley Community College District, there is an obvious renewed sense of excitement as our campuses ...

There Is No Pardoning Joe Arpaio

Nearly 10 years before Donald Trump pardoned him, Joe Arpaio made clear his racism, in a most public way. In an appearance on CNN, the Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff grinned after host Lou Dobbs asked him how he felt about being compared to the Ku Klux Klan. “Well, you know, they call ...

Time to Drop Colleges’ Racial Quotas and Preferences

When a policy has been vigorously followed by venerable institutions for more than a generation without getting any closer to producing the desired results, perhaps there is some problem with the goal. That thought was prompted by a New York Times story headlined “Even With Affirmative ...

The Price Rises on Houston’s ‘Cheap’ Housing

As the floodwaters recede, much of Houston’s famously “affordable” housing may seem less of a bargain. We’re not just talking about rising rents, inevitable with so many units destroyed. We are talking about the emotional cost of having to move in with friends, rebuild and buy new ...

Alan Gratz’s novel ‘Refugee’ demands your humanity

“ ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “ — Matthew 25:44-45 They are the ...

The Devil’s Silence

Reflect for a moment, if you will, on a gathering of Christians in Nashville, TN, a week ago. A few hundred of the most prominent Christian leaders in the country across all denominations came together to sign what is being called “The Nashville Statement.” The statement merely reaffirms ...