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Today's Opinions

  • Goshen mayor’s ‘media ban’ misguided, unfair to his city

    Being a public official can be hard work.

    You have citizens pulling in every different direction, encouraging you to pass this ordinance or don’t pass that one. Do this or that. The managing of finances, clearing roads – this goes on and on.

    We get it, not everyone’s cut out to be an elected official. But if you’re going to run for and win the job, you can never, ever take your pail and shovel and go home.

    Well, unless you’re Goshen Mayor Bobby Thacker.

  • Ask the expert: Questions about buying a home

    How can I

    negotiate a price?

    One of the best ways to negotiate the best price is to hire an experienced Realtor that is a strong negotiator. A Realtor can research the sold homes in your area to tell you the average the list price/sale price ratio. They can also research similar homes that have sold to confirm a fair sale price.

    Which loans might be best?

  • Ask the expert: Questions about buying a home

    How can I

    negotiate a price?

    One of the best ways to negotiate the best price is to hire an experienced Realtor that is a strong negotiator. A Realtor can research the sold homes in your area to tell you the average the list price/sale price ratio. They can also research similar homes that have sold to confirm a fair sale price.

    Which loans might be best?

  • Lifelong friendships should not be taken for granted

    When I posted my kindergarten graduation photos on Facebook, I was pleasantly surprised to receive messages and friend requests from people I last saw at the age of five. Through the miracle of social media, I now have the ability to learn what my kindergarten classmates have been up to for the past 40 years.

    Cherub-faced Eric, who walked next to me in the processional, now has a full beard and a family of five.

    Becky, the girl I envied for her pretty mass of curls, is a doctor and apparently uses a hair straightener every day.

  • Lifelong friendships should not be taken for granted

    When I posted my kindergarten graduation photos on Facebook, I was pleasantly surprised to receive messages and friend requests from people I last saw at the age of five. Through the miracle of social media, I now have the ability to learn what my kindergarten classmates have been up to for the past 40 years.

    Cherub-faced Eric, who walked next to me in the processional, now has a full beard and a family of five.

    Becky, the girl I envied for her pretty mass of curls, is a doctor and apparently uses a hair straightener every day.

  • Things I’d like to see

    There are many things I have had the joy of seeing in my lifetime – the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, some of the great cathedrals of Europe, the isle of Capri and the Canadian Rockies. There are many things I would still like to see – the Holy Land, Australia and New Zealand, the Greek isles, Germany and Victoria Falls. I want to continue to see my home happy and peaceful. I want to see the difference between right and wrong. Most of all, I want to see my Higher Power.

  • Things I’d like to see

    There are many things I have had the joy of seeing in my lifetime – the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, some of the great cathedrals of Europe, the isle of Capri and the Canadian Rockies. There are many things I would still like to see – the Holy Land, Australia and New Zealand, the Greek isles, Germany and Victoria Falls. I want to continue to see my home happy and peaceful. I want to see the difference between right and wrong. Most of all, I want to see my Higher Power.

  • Theodicy - trusting in the goodness of God

    Over the last three weeks we have looked at the problem of evil. We have seen how the Bible explains evil as rising out of the personified presence of evil that we call Satan, that our world is fallen due to the original sin of Adam and Eve and how the justice of God allows Him to solve the injustice of evil over eternity. Today I look at the most difficult challenge for us: Trusting in the goodness of God no matter what the circumstances in life that we face.