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Today's Opinions

  • Mueller: Self-care is not necessarily being selfish

    Millions of folks struggle with the problem of inadequate self-care – not taking very good care of ourselves. We know the things we should do but we just don’t do them. There is a huge gap between what we know and what we do.

    We must practice the power of positive doing. We’ve all heard of the power of positive thinking. My goal is to take the next step and get into action no matter what. By taking action, you will move yourself from the back of the bus up to the front to the driver’s seat where you belong.

  • Stepping outside my comfort zone

    I am not fond of clichés, but the older I get, the more I understand the value of stepping outside the comfort zone and broadening your horizons. We often leave this to the young with admonitions off: go to college, discover yourself before you get married and travel before you have kids.

  • Letters to the Editor May 29

    Cookout warning

    Folks setting to break out their outdoor grill soon face a deadly choice of inflicting food poisoning or cancer on their family and friends.

    Food poisoning by E. coli and Salmonella bacteria, if they undercook their meat. Cancer – if they heat their meat to the point of creating cancer-causing compounds.

  • Earley: Knowing the full cost of faith

    It is said that Christians are being martyred for their faith more frequently than ever before in human history. All over the world, in countries run by kings, tyrants and dictators, it is dangerous to be a Christian. It is common for family members to turn their own children or spouse into the religious police for discipline when they find out that he or she has become a Christian.

  • Mueller: Choosing to ‘pray, grunt and giggle’ in life

    I love words and catchy phrases. I especially like the following letter from a man named Robert Pirosh applying for a job requiring verbal skills.

  • Truitt: What’s your tribe?

    We were looking through pictures taken at a writer’s conference I recently attended.

    “She has really nice hair,” hubby remarked about my friend Jill.

    “Isn’t it gorgeous?” I responded. “It’s like pure, black silk. She said her mom is Native American.”

    “What tribe?” he asked.

    I gave him my best “are you serious?” look. Only a boy who has grown up on a reservation would even think to ask that question.

  • Letters to the Editor May 22

    Thank you to Baptist Health

    My husband was admitted to Baptist Hospital Northeast in La Grange on Dec. 10, 2013 for congestive heart failure. He spent six days in the hospital. I’m writing this letter to let you know how wonderful we were treated during his stay.

    The doctors, nurses, aides, lab and x-ray technicians and cafeteria staff were outstanding. They were friendly, courteous, knowledgeable and acted in a professional manner at all times. The dietician spent a lot of time with me, planning a future diet for my husband.

  • Earley: Knowing the full cost of faith

    It is said that Christians are being martyred for their faith more frequently than ever before in human history. All over the world, in countries run by kings, tyrants and dictators, it is dangerous to be a Christian. It is common for family members to turn their own children or spouse into the religious police for discipline when they find out that he or she has become a Christian.