Mainstream media publications are hammering fiscally conservative groups opposed to wasteful spending of tax dollars for accepting temporary financial help in the form of a publicly funded Paycheck Protection Program loan to counter COVID-19 shutdowns.

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Ever so often my phone will light up and I receive a message from a cousin who’s long distance. While waiting on the light to change yesterday, I received a message from my cousin Jason with a photo.

On the far side of our house there is a tree whose branches stretch in front of my office window. It is quiet this morning, but as I sat down to write these words, a branch violently fell and rose up again, scraping against my window. Beyond the little yelp that escaped my mouth, I discerned…

Remember when some of us naively thought the heat of summertime would magically kill the coronavirus. As if the sun’s rays would become magic little wands spinning around casting down spells onto the nasty virus. We thought that, right?

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There was a time during childhood when my fascination with computers — hardware now mere relics such as the Commodore 64 and the Tandy TRS-80 —translated, or maybe “spun off” is the right phrase, into an interest in cybersecurity. From my limited understanding of the world I didn’t even cons…

After the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that Montana cannot keep parents from using tax-credit scholarships to enroll children in religious schools, anti-school-choice opponents responded in apocalyptic fashion.

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I was thinking the other day about how life has changed since I was a little boy. I’m sure that many of you can agree, that we never imagined some of the things we are seeing. I remember when I was young, life was fairly simple, and when I would listen to my mom and dad talk to each other, i…

The other day I watched one of the governor’s weekly conferences. I rarely catch his little communications to the public, but I have heard a lot of people talk about how pleasant he is, while at the same time trying to take away our civil rights; similar to Mr. Rogers with a hatchet behind h…

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Like all things 2020, summer has begun and it too looks a little different.

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On Saturday we’ll be celebrating 244 years of American life. The United States of America has been a political member of earth’s community for a relatively brief stint of history. The country has grown immensely since our heroes from the 18th century dedicated their lives to giving us freedo…

I was asked recently if being born again was the same thing as believing in God. I felt I needed to give a more thorough answer than just a simple yes. It might sound strange, but it's true that Christians do believe that God is real, and yet there are others who believe in God that are not …

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I’ve recently written about how we did some organizing and assembling in order to make room for a nursery. And now that we are actually working on the nursery, there is more assembly that has been involved.

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I realized a long time ago, in war or otherwise, the proverbial “bad guy” is less a people and more a person or persons. It is when we group all types of anything together that we are able to label it. Once it is categorized, we can deal with it as a whole. Is that fair in regard to people?

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I’ve always been impressed by the people who make up the federal government’s inspector general roles. Not impressed like a star-struck, fan-boy reaction to a rock star or celebrity. More like the blander dictionary definition of showing admiration and respect. The professional role of IG is…

I was working out in the yard the other day and a tiny sparrow landed on the ground just a few feet from me. I watched as it moved its head around and then flew off with lightning speed. I was reminded of the passage in Matthew chapter 10 which states that God keeps His eye on every sparrow …

I wear a dark blue uniform with a bright shiny badge; an attire that identifies me as a public servant with a special calling — to protect and serve. My profession requires wearing this uniform on the streets to maintain and enforce law and order; so that all who live here in my community ca…

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Back on Mother’s Day, I took a moment to share about and thank all of the wonderful moms in my life. This weekend, I wanted to devote my column to the amazing dads in my life since it’s Father’s Day and since I’m about to become a father myself.

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I spend a lot of time outside. Actually during the summer that’s where I can be found on most days. Outside is where I do my best thinking.

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It’s a never ending battle: understanding, defending, and managing the internet’s worst actors and their hijinks. That’s just a fun word to use, but what the black hats, hackers, criminals, and even the nation-state-backed teams of sophisticated, online disrupters are doing to us in civil so…

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We used to sing a vineyard worship song whose chorus said, “Refining fire - our one hearts desire – is to be holy – set apart for you Lord – I choose to be holy - Set apart for you, my Master – ready to do your will.” When a person accepts Christ, they make a holy vow of commitment to Jesus …

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William Golding once said, "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been." As of late, his words resonate again in life.

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Whether it’s where to dine, now that we can ever so precariously, what hedge trimmer to buy, or what lever to pull at the ballot box—I know, levers?—we as a society look more and more at social media to help us make decisions. If you can stand broadening the description of social media to in…

We are not even halfway into the year and our nation has already suffered more stress and tribulation than I have ever seen. As if the pandemic was not enough, we are now seeing an insurrection of hatred and violence and we still have an election ahead of us. I would imagine that most of you…

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With a prolonged knee on a black man’s neck, a white law enforcement officer kills an innocent and unarmed man. Immediately racial demonstrations have been ignited and with justification. Mass gatherings of incensed and angry protestors fill streets in our cities across America. If there eve…

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I don’t always touch on controversial topics because there’s so much hatred in the world that I fear I’d only add more fuel to the fire. I have my beliefs and I know what is right, but anything shared nowadays seems to always draw a negative or mocking reaction. That still does not give me a…

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I sat over my coffee Friday morning in silence. My brain was busy trying to make sense of a thousand different things at the same time. I got overwhelmed and gave up.

The “new normal”: This term is used on the radio, TV, newspaper, and many other forms of communication. I am not a big fan of the phrase. Every time I hear it, I feel like someone is trying to trick me or make me believe an untruth (a term stolen from Orwell). It is without a doubt an oxymor…

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It was around this time last year that I attended a community conversation in Corbin about racism. I’m not sure why I went. I sat in the back. I hoped I wouldn’t be asked to speak. I wanted to listen.

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You know that there's something seriously awry when a Minneapolis murder case resonates in Lexington, Knoxville, and all points between and otherwise extending out from the Twin Cities. I won't be writing about the disgustingness of otherwise constitutionally sanctioned gatherings of public …

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If our mind is filled with a world of thoughts that are contrary or even dishonorable to God, how can there be room for us to concentrate on His goodness, peace, and hope?

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As a grown woman I find solace in phoning my parents. Sometimes I call them several times a day. A thought will cross my mind and I’ll call right then and there. It’s just sort of my thing.

It is 8 a.m., and I am sitting in my classroom at my desk. Next year requires some contemplation and creativity, so as I type away my bobble-head Batman stands emotionless beside my keyboard, true to his vigil. Beyond a half-empty box of pencils and scattered paper clips, books line the fron…

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A few years before his 21st birthday, my brother started drinking alcohol. He said it started because it was college football season and it was the thing to do. And then somewhere over the course of a decade or so, his relationship with alcohol became a burden too heavy to bear.

When you throw “cyber” in front of a word you know it’s got something to do with bringing that word, whatever the word represents, into the digital age. You computerize it, in a sense, by adding such a funny, five-letter word, or sometimes you add it as a prefix such as in cybersecurity. Acc…

It has been eight weeks now since the Great Shutdown began. Humanity has not been forced to sit this immobile for this long since the 1951 movie classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and that time it was just science fiction.

I recently had the opportunity to watch season one of “The Chosen.” It’s a multi-episode series about the life of Jesus and uses interesting backstories which brings the scriptures we all love and cherish into a more deeper understanding.

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When I arrived he was asleep. Barefoot and holding his cup, Case slumbered on the edge of my best friend’s couch. To date I’ve only held this sweet boy one time prior to this visit. It makes me sad.

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The other day, I happened to hear a clip from a speech by Ronald Reagan, whose articulate style and poise have not been matched by a president since he was in office. Even when he became angry, there was a dignity about him that I miss.

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