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Columns

  • SOUDER: Oldest degree of ‘madness’ marches on

    Well, sports fans, this is it: March Madness is officially upon us. And, with apologies to Andy Williams, for fans of college basketball, this is truly the “most wonderful time of the year.” Especially for those of us cheering for one of the local red teams (Louisville, Indiana and even Western Kentucky), excitement, hope and anticipation are in the air.

  • SOUDER: When a cut isn’t a cut, or Chicken Little strikes again

    Perhaps you’ve heard the old joke about the woman who received a call from her bank informing her that she had overdrawn her account. “That’s impossible,” responded the obviously offended woman. “I can’t be overdrawn – I still have checks!”

  • Are we headed to the poor house?

    As a child I sometimes heard adults talk about a place called the “poor house.”

    I didn’t know what it was or where it was, although I envisioned it somewhere near Waddy, which seemed like a place across the universe to a kid who grew up near Simpsonville.

    The poor house was amorphous, but it was also scary. It sounded dark and forbidding and where kids wouldn’t be welcome.

  • SOUDER: ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ and other impossibilities

    The great theologian G.K. Chesterton said, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” And, for what it’s worth, I believe he was right.

    Christianity is indeed difficult. Actually, I’ve found that humanly speaking it goes well beyond difficult. In point of fact, it is impossible.

  • Black History Month celebration doesn't feel adequate

    So let me get this straight: In 1976 the federal government decided that we would devote February to the celebration and development of African-American history, calling it Black History Month and expanding it from a whole week. Are we to take from that, after having spent so many centuries denying African-Americans as being whole parts of society, that 28 days each year seems a fair mortgage payment against that debt?

  • SOUDER: Church people should lighten up and get serious

    Have you ever noticed that some people take themselves a little too seriously? (If you haven’t noticed, my guess is you are one of those people.)

    I’ve noted that three of the biggest categories of people who are often guilty of this are politicians, movie stars and certain sports fans.

  • They stole the Super show

    Watching the Super Bowl on Sunday night left me an emotional wreck. And, no, it had nothing to do with the lights-out, down-to-the-wire, officials-blown finish, however dramatic you might have considered that to be.

    I didn’t care who won between Edgar Allen Poe’s team and John Wilson Marshall’s team.

  • Dealing with some dirty business

    Now that I own acreage, I am renewing my relationship with something I’ve detested since youth: mud, the gooey stuff that just doesn’t vanish in a climate where temperatures might be 19 one day and 69 the next. The ground is muddy, then frozen, then muddy. You don’t have to be Darwin to understand that evolution.

  • SOUDER: 40 years of darkness since Roe v. Wade
  • Taking aim at youthful violence

    I heard the news today, oh boy. An elementary student in Maryland is suspended from school because he cocked and fired his finger at a classmate during a playground game. He committed a crime against school policy and got the maximum sentence. He will return to his reading, writing and ‘rithmetic as reformed and remorseful, his future hopefully snapped away from the edge of awful by an act of tough love.