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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor: Thanks & RTW

     I would like to take a moment to thank some very generous hearts that have continually volunteered and gathered donations to assist in meeting the needs of those that are in crisis. Sumpatheo Services is a crisis intervention ministry ­— small — but reaching out in a big way for over six years to meet the challenges of those in crisis. 

  • Prepping for STEM careers

    Last week, many of our schools celebrated Engineering Week with innovative projects and guest speakers. This is reflective of the emphasis on STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — across the country as we look ahead to a future in which one million STEM jobs will be available by 2018. However, the United States is projected to only graduate 200,000 students qualified for those same jobs.

  • Why is the Bible true?

    As I finished up my seminary training and entered into ministry I was full of questions about the authority of scripture. Regrettably, I would pretend parts were not there that I didn’t like, “de-mythologize” other parts that seemed to be based on unscientific world views or superstition, and explain away parts that I disagreed with. With my background in Hebrew and Greek I could even overwhelm anyone who might disagree with me through my brilliance. All this fed my arrogance which made me a much less effective minister than I imagined in my own mind.

  • Parting is such sweet sorrow

    I’m not really a fan of goodbyes.

    No one ever knows how to finish one, there’s always awkwardness and it’s just really a difficult situation altogether.

    And it’s not much easier when you have to put it in print.

    If you haven’t guessed by now, this is my goodbye as editor of The Oldham Era. Rest assured, I’m leaving the place in great hands. Publisher Melissa Blankenship will still be at the helm, as will reporter Taylor Riley.

  • Some things you just can’t plan

    I’ve always been a planner. I have a precise schedule in my head, a physical copy in a spiral-bound book and several alarms set in my phone. I guess you could call it a control problem, but I would call it preparedness.

    I plan down to the minute of my day.

    This is when I have to be at work. This is when I eat. This is when I go to the gym. This is when I go to sleep.

    I even plan in my personal life. A phone call goes out to my mom at 5 p.m., my best friend at 6 p.m., dinner with friends at 7 p.m., favorite show at 8 p.m.

  • Shine some light on your ‘roots’

    By PATRICE M. SMITH

    Let’s talk about your plants’ basic needs so they may flourish and grow healthy, promoting longevity.

    The number one basic need of any plant is light. Many plants such as Irises, Roses, and trees require full light. Other plants such as Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Hosta, require little direct light or shade. Whichever type of plant, the leaves need light because they are the plant’s food factory and light is the power source that helps them manufacture food from air and soil.

  • Prepping for STEM careers

    Last week, many of our schools celebrated Engineering Week with innovative projects and guest speakers. This is reflective of the emphasis on STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — across the country as we look ahead to a future in which one million STEM jobs will be available by 2018. However, the United States is projected to only graduate 200,000 students qualified for those same jobs.

  • Letters to the Editor: Thanks & RTW

     I would like to take a moment to thank some very generous hearts that have continually volunteered and gathered donations to assist in meeting the needs of those that are in crisis. Sumpatheo Services is a crisis intervention ministry ­— small — but reaching out in a big way for over six years to meet the challenges of those in crisis.