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Columns

  • GINGER: 90 years of a life well-lived

    I’m awake before dawn, trying to get this article zipped up and submitted so I can focus on the tasks before me.

    I’m thankful for the greeting of a crisp, clear, autumn morning, for this is the day we will bury my grandmother.

    I was blessed to have been born with eight living grandparents. Over the years, I have watched as one by one they went on to their eternal reward.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Why drivers ride the bus

    According to Advertising Age, a top magazine for trend analysis, the automobile is rapidly becoming less relevant to an increasing number of people younger than 30. 

    Reasons for this change include telecommuting, high fuel prices and environmental concerns.

    Bad news for the auto industry may be good news for public transportation services. But, not so fast, that doesn’t mean everyone endorses the need for public transit.

  • BOB MUELLER: Are you present?

    When I experience or witness sickness, I vow to appreciate every moment of my life.

    When I sit on a bench, I am reminded of the joys of simply being present to my surroundings. Enjoying my breakfast and morning paper is my cue to be here now.

  • PUBLISHER: The Lone Ranger and phones that tamed the West

    This line of thought derived from the staff question of the week that asked: “What was the last movie you saw?” My answer was “The Book of Eli,” an apocalyptic setting with a man on a spiritual mission.

  • MUELLER: Look forward with hope

    It is my deepest feeling that the major problem of people is that they do not have a high enough opinion of themselves.
    They feel guilt and shame, unworthiness and inadequacy.
    Feeling these emotions, many people run from life and never live up to their best.
    If we do not have the right opinion of ourselves, we will not properly love others.

  • COLUMN: Evolution is an often misunderstood theory

    A recent column by David Meredith explored the Theory of Evolution. Meredith wrote that the Theory of Evolution is not anywhere close to scientific fact and that the scientific community does not agree on the factuality of the theory... He also claimed the Theory of Evolution has throughout history contributed to numerous atrocities, including but not limited to the Holocaust.

  • GINGER: Daughter is college bound

    Today I took my oldest daughter to Freshman Orientation. It was an exciting day, and I really enjoyed the two hour drive with her.
    The day we move her into the dorm will be our 20th wedding anniversary. Two big milestones that I’m sure will leave me in a state of pondering, if not a bit emotional.

  • COLUMN: The American dream is alive and well

    He’s the embodiment of the American Dream. Poor, handicapped, immigrant, yet through established principles has risen to the top in his field. His name is Dennis Ogbe.

    Dennis was the featured speaker at a Rotary meeting I attended not long ago. Whereas history is full of examples like his, it was great to hear and see one up close.

  • COLUMN: Standing on a firm foundation this fourth of July

    Is He a part or is He not? Was He ever a part of U.S. history, or was He never mentioned?
    A recent flap over NBC’s intentional omission of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance during the U.S. Open brought to the fore once again the debate over whether any reference to God should be part of the public discourse.

  • MUELLER: Giving comes first

    After we are born, we develop the basic flaw of self-centeredness. We think the world revolves around us and everyone else is here to make us comfortable and happy.
    First, we get all our needs taken care of and then we start getting things from these people.