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Today's Opinions

  • Clothing Closet helps over 2,000 people thanks to donations

    To the editor,

    What a wonderful year 2008 was for the Harrison County Clothing Closet. With the help of your generous donations of gently used clothing and the monetary donations we were able to help 2,045 less fortunate people.

    First I want to thank each of the ladies and gentlemen that take time out of their busy schedules to help out each Monday and Wednesday at the closet. We can not operate with out them.

  • Those special places will continue to lure us home

    We all have those special places.

    On a recent news assignment this past week, I spoke with a man that lost his special place.

    In the middle of Nebo Road, I spoke with Charles Bell about the arson fire that had destroyed his mother’s family home only days ago.

    Needless to say, he was very emotional as he looked up at the house that once was white, but now was a burned black.

  • Berry citizen urges others to believe in a time of worldwide crisis

    Dear Editor,

    Current events concerning the present crisis in Gaza, deadly quakes in Indonesia, famine in third-world nations and our own collapsing economy and war in Iraq bring to mind the words of our Lord from Matthew 24, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” (verse 7, KJV).

  • Christians shouldn't be afraid of losing Jesus when admitting sins

    Those who write columns are bound to get people who disagree with them — like “Ole Fred.”

    Fred has written me a few times, most recently to take offense at a column about Christians who cuss and how I didn’t want to be one anymore. For the life of me I can’t figure out how he could find fault with that, but he did.

    One thing he wrote in his e-mail caught my attention and I’ve thought -- and prayed -- about it all week, in case he’s right and I have this whole grace thing wrong.

  • Those that "cheat the system" don't win at end of day

    One of the things I love most about my job is getting to talk to people, especially those people that have a passion for what they do.

    I talked to many passionate individuals this holiday season.

    I believe Christmas couldn’t have come at a better time for all of us this year. With the economy at record bottom and so many families struggling to make ends meet, it was such a breath of fresh air to welcome the hope of Christmas into the community.

    And that’s where the passionate individuals enter.

  • During the best of times and worst of times, God's help never comes too late

    With apologies to Charles Dickens, it truly was the best of times and the worst of times.

    I had just learned I was pregnant with our now- 25-year-old daughter. We had wanted another child, and the news was definitely in the best of times category. It remained best and blissful for about a month until the worst of times began.

    I can still see my husband walking across the yard of our apartment complex toward our back gate. It was the middle of the morning as he handed me a check and said, “I lost my job — I got laid off.”

  • Religion brings answers during troubled times

    To the editor:

    We have embarked together into this New Year. “Ye have not passed this way heretofore,” (Joshua 3:4). “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come,....” (11 Tim. 3:1-17). Study the text carefully and be prepared.

  • Christmas birthday isn't all jingles, but does have perks

    It’s hard celebrating your birthday with Jesus.

    Don’t get me wrong... if there’s anyone I would like to share birthday associations with, it would be the main man himself. I’m just saying, it’s a little difficult sharing the spotlight with someone referred to as the Savior.

    My Christmas birthday has always been somewhat of a struggle, if you will.

    The first struggle I’ve always encountered has been the disbelief of the audience.

    “You’re a Christmas baby?” they ask, eyes wide.