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Off the Editor’s Spike

Dw.cdrYou are what you eat. Or, as Debbie Sweatman and other champions of the upcoming family Literacy Night at Searcy R-5 Elementary would say, you are what you read.

Cold winter nights make nibbling on junk food all too comforting — novels, several delicious mysteries, a reread of nearly all of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Sherlock Holmes tales, and a variety of books about my favorite subject, the Civil War.

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Where’s the Party?

by Freida Marie Crump

PooseyDigest_WPGreetings from Poosey.

I’m ready for a party. Oh, I know that living in this most blessed of nations it’s hard to say that we deserve anything, but dog-gone it, after living through a winter like we’ve just endured I think we’ve earned the right to treat ourselves to a shindig. Print up the t-shirts proclaiming, “I survived the winter of 2014!” Break out the champagne

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Good Thinking: We Can Count on God’s Providence

by Dr. Don Kuehle

Snoopy is sitting out in the cold, his supper dish frozen solid. Linus walks by, pats Snoopy on the head, and says: “Be warm and well fed, Snoopy.” And then Linus walks away, leaving Snoopy shivering in the cold. That could have been us. When Adam and Eve disobeyed the Father, broke His laws and his heart; when they were thrown out of Paradise, shivering in

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Frying Pan to Fire

ShepherdCalls_WPThough hardly a surprise, the big news today is “Crimea voters opt to secede.” They chose to be Russians rather than Crimeans. It reminds me of an incident more than 50 years ago when Cuba cast off the shackles of a dictatorship. There was dancing in the streets, followed by nearly 1,000 executions of suspected political opponents, the loss of all private property, the stealthy departure of many family members

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Where Congress Falls Short … And Where It Doesn’t

by Lee H. Hamilton

At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question, because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view.

Congress, I said, does some things fairly well. Its members for the most part want to serve their constituents and the country.

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Capitol Perspectives: ‘Dead on Arrival’ Legislative Bills

by Phill Brooks

Every time as legislators prepare to take off for their spring break, I am surprised by the large number of bills filed so late in the session that there’s no real hope for passage. Legislators sometimes are candid about the prospects of these dead-on-arrival bills.

“It’s my hope to do nothing with that bill,” Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, explained to his colleagues when he introduced the

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A Job Very Well Done

Dw.cdrLast Wednesday Liz and I thought we’d grab a sandwich uptown, to celebrate another print edition of this community newspaper we’d just put to bed. Little did we know we would witness a major tragedy – almost from its origin – and an even a greater display of competent professionalism from the men and women who can proudly claim the title of Gallatin Volunteer Fire Fighter.

The skill exhibited by

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Good Thinking: We Can Count on God’s Pardon

by Dr. Don Kuehle 

Barabbas had been proven guilty — guilty of the destruction of property; guilty of the destruction of lives; guilty of being a threat to National Security. Barabbas was in a top-security Roman prison. One morning the word came down: “The Governor has pardoned you. You’re a free man.” Through the centuries, Presidents have pardoned convicted criminals, and even terrorists; Governors have pardoned persons on “death row.”

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Restored!

by Pastor Steve Ellison

The Bible is full of colorful characters. I can think of many Biblical characters who I think would make wonderful guests for an evening of conversation. Methusaleh, Jeremiah, Rahab, Enoch, Hosea, Jeremiah, Elijah, John the Baptist, the man with the legion of demons, Nicodemus, etc. would all generate tremendous questions from me.

Simon Peter was certainly a colorful and interesting character. Who can understand a man

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