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Columns

  • 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.

  • SOUDER: So many questions, so little time

    It may come as a surprise to some, but sometimes when I have periods of uninterrupted time – like on a long car trip, or lying in bed before falling asleep at night – I think about life’s big questions.

    You know, questions like, when a cow laughs, does milk come out his nose? Or why does sour cream have an expiration date? And why do feet smell, but noses run?

  • So just how sweet was winning the Sugar Bowl?

    A lot of you of both the red and blue heritage have been trying lately to put the University of Louisville’s stunning victory over Florida into some sort of perspective, to make sense of the sensational, to find order in a moment of chaos. I’m talking about the recent football game, not the Elite 8 encounter in basketball last spring.

  • SOUDER: Looking for ‘whirled peas’ at Christmas

    Well, the Mayan’s deadline of Dec. 21 has come and gone, and we’re still here. Perhaps surviving yet another false prediction of the end of the world caused you to celebrate Christmas a little more enthusiastically this year. Indeed, for most of us there was a great deal to celebrate.

  • SOUDER: The end of the world, a fiscal cliff and some $80 billion deck chairs

    If the Mayans were correct, this will be my last column. As I’m sure you’ve heard, some say that the ancient Mayans predicted that the world would end on December 21, 2012.

    With the benefit of hindsight, some pundits have noted that it’s now obvious that the world can’t go on without Twinkies.