Commentary

Thu
27
Dec

Why We Need Christmas

Will people remember you after you die? Will anybody even care? How will you be remembered? I can’t recall a more respected, loved and admired human than George H.W. Bush. The love and outpouring of celebrating his life was more than I’ve ever seen. I watched the President Kennedy funeral and recall the national horror and grief associated with his assassination. I remember when Martin Luther King was killed and the outpouring of grief that followed. We can remember these and many dark periods of sadness. President Bush, of course, lived a long life with many opportunities that few people will ever have.

Thu
27
Dec

The Return of the Christmas Spirit

It’s hard to remember a time when the real meaning of Christmas was the same as what the world was celebrating. By and large, Christmas as we know it is about giving and receiving presents,Santa coming to town, and the commercialization that comes along with it.

Somewhere along the way, we lost the true spirit of Christmas. Between giving the perfect gift and getting everything on our list, we forgot the real meaning of Christmas.

Christmas—as it should be—got lost in the noise.

Matthew 1:21 tells us: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of the Lord Jesus Christ who was born to this earth to save sinners like us.

 

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Thu
20
Dec

Why We Need Christmas

Merchants around the world depend on the Christmas season each year for 20 to 50 percent of their yearly sales.

The travel industry from airlines to gasoline stations see a nice bump during the holidays. People are going to buy airplane tickets and buy gasoline.

Grocery stores do better during the holidays. People cook more for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. The alcohol industry does well during holidays. Wine, beer and Bourbon Whiskey all do well normally, and more so during December.

Charities and churches enjoy December. People give more money to the church in December than any other month. People who want to give make sure their gifts are given by Dec. 31. Churches normally have special children’s music programs during the month that increases attendance.

 

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Thu
20
Dec

Merry Christmas to All

As you noticed, I’m sure, the entire front page was dedicated to the Christmas Spirit, and what most would say “is the reason for the season.”

I bypassed the typical Christmas scripture this year because I felt there was more that needed to be done with the front page message.

During the holiday season many are reminded about the birth of Jesus Christ, and that because of him we have a reason to celebrate during the holiday season. But, this year I felt there is more that we should be reminded of.

Titus 3:4-7 stood out to me while I was searching for a verse, because not only does it remind me of my Savior, but that because of Jesus’ birth, there is hope in the world, and there is hope for me.

 

 

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Thu
13
Dec

Remembering George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush led an extraordinary life defined by personal decency and public service. Perhaps the greatest member of America’s “Greatest Generation,” he began his service as a Navy combat pilot in the South Pacific during World War II.

Later as our 41st president, he led our country to final victory in the Cold War, won the Gulf War, and departed office leaving America as the world’s only unchallenged superpower.

Over a long life, Bush served the nation in many ways—soldier, congressman, diplomat, CIA director, vice president, president, and presidential envoy.

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Thu
13
Dec

The Future of America’s Trade Deals

By now, we all know that President Trump is a negotiator.

At the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires last weekend, the president showcased his dealmaking skills in yet another trade negotiationon behalf of the American people.

After the first round of U.S. tariffs, China targeted our agriculture products.

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Thu
06
Dec

The Coin of the Realm

Debate in Congress has always been contentious. The levels of vitriol may seem especially acute these days, but confrontation is not new.

I can remember times on Capitol Hill when “debate” was actually more of a screaming match than a civil discussion.

Back then, we had a colleague who invariably stepped forward at these times to remind each side that if we wanted to get anything done — rather than just shout at each other for the cameras — we had to have a measure of trust in one another.

bal and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

 

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Thu
29
Nov

Happy Birthday Oklahoma

Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Council

of Public Affairs (OCPA)

Oklahoma’s birthday was Nov. 16. On that day in 1907, President Teddy Roosevelt issued the proclamation that made us a state. It’s a fitting time to consider what it means to be a state and to live in a nation made up of states.

How we became a nation of states is a story of the triumph of common sense. Political thinkers had declared it impossible to build a country of sovereign states. You could either form a loose alliance, or you could form a nation by dissolving the states. But, that conflicted with Americans’ own experience.

 

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Wed
21
Nov

The Gift of Family

Hands down, Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year. The November holiday allows us to be with our family without the stress of gift-giving or weeks of preparation trimming the tree and decking the halls.

Family is one of the greatest gifts we are given in life, and Thanksgiving allows us an opportunity to say thank you for the gift of family.

National Adoption Month, celebrated each November, is the perfect reminder that every child needs a safe and loving family, and every child deserves a permanent place to call home.

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Wed
21
Nov

The Most Precious Gift is Our Life

So Thanksgiving is here again, and as I look back on this past year (and really just back to this last month), I’ve realized that I have a lot to be thankful for.

Ya, I know it sounds so cliche, but it’s a cliche for a reason right?

I’m sure you’ve already looked at those sweet faces to the right, so let me tell you a bit more about them.

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