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Columns

  • EARLIER: A whole new perspective on Veteran's Day

    It almost is embarrassing me to admit that for most of my life Veteran’s Day has been more of an amorphous interruption of the mail and bank schedules that I had to endure than any sort of sanctioned holiday.

    School was in session, and there was no paid respite from work. Veteran’s Day was just sort of there, a poor, red-numbered step holiday to its more famous cousin in May, Memorial Day.

  • The impact of 9-11: Something really good did emerge

    This is the week for one of those winding, emotional and reflective cruises down the turbulent tributaries that feed those endless eddies stirred by a life-changing event.

    We don’t simply glance over our shoulders at the rapids that changed our course, but we stare at it, consume it anew and bring from our deep-sealed memories the emotions, the adrenalin that carried us through those waters to our anchorage of today.

  • DOYLE: How do you leave all of this?

    The room was filled with some 500 years worth of friendships and maybe 600 more of family years.

    Think about it: I was in a room with people I had known collectively for more than a thousand years.

    Methuselah didn’t live that long, and I know he didn’t have friends that were as loyal or as wonderful as these.

    We were in the living room at Dozen Acres Farm. The sun was shining, and spring seemed possible, if not eternal. We were loving and being loved.

  • SOUDER: A wake-up call for good men (and women)

    I have a confession to make: I am tired. Specifically, I am tired of lies masquerading as truth. I am tired of darkness being called light. I am tired of supposedly smart people saying incredibly stupid and demonstrably false things and no one calling them out on it. I am tired of the revisionist history that tries to erase the influence that Christianity had on our nation’s founding.

  • CHARLTON: Is atheism truly what we think it is?

    Who gets to decide when another person is or isn’t an atheist?

    Oprah Winfrey has ignited a bit of controversy over this question in a recent interview with long distance swimmer Diana Nyad. Winfrey interviewed Nyad on Oct. 13 as a part of her Super Soul Sunday. During the interview Nyad remarked that she is an atheist, which sparked an interesting exchange, the highlights of which are as follows:

    Winfrey (in response to Nyad’s statement of being an atheist: “But you’re in awe [of nature].”

  • SOUDER: The folly of campaign promises – and those who believe them

    I ran across the following fictional account some time ago, and though the point it makes can be applied at any time, it seemed especially appropriate now. Here is the story:

    While walking down the street one day, a corrupt senator (sorry for the near redundancy) is tragically hit by a car and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

  • CHARLTON: An example that the wrong people get most attention

    Sometimes, it’s what doesn’t make the news that is most newsworthy, and conversely, what makes the news that is the most inconsequential.

    Take, for instance, the amount of attention given to Miley Cyrus. Not that I seek to offer her any more notoriety, but are her exploits really deserving of so much attention? I think not, mostly because that is the intended purpose – to draw attention and keep her in the eye of the media.

  • SOUDER: A trip to the farm and the ‘good old days’

    On an early October day a few years ago, my wife and I loaded the kids up in the old front- wheel-drive sleigh and headed to the country for what we hoped might be the start of a long-standing, old-fashioned family tradition – picking apples.

  • CHARLTON: There’s lots to like about Pope Francis

    I have found, like many others, much to admire in Pope Francis. I believe that Francis can set an agenda that will affect change not only within the Christian world but in the larger world as well, where there are certainly many changes that need to be made.

    One of the most important agenda items for Francis is his emphasis on caring for the poor. From the first moments of his papacy, Francis made a point to eschew many of the regal trappings of the papacy and, in doing so, made a powerful statement about his very real concern for the poor of the world.

  • SOUDER: Enemies…or possible future teammates?

    Sometimes our enemies are chosen for us. For example, growing up in Indiana as a huge Indiana University college basketball fan, it was just accepted that our primary “enemies” were Purdue and Kentucky. In fact, it was not unusual to see people wearing t-shirts that said, “My two favorite teams are Indiana and whoever is playing Kentucky” or a similar one with “Purdue” substituted for “Kentucky.”