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Marion Adams recalls the aftermath of D-Day

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Marion Adams, 91, a retired farmer from Newton Township, Ohio, says of June 6, 1944, “I try to forget it. No one has a right to know. They wouldn’t believe it anyway.”Those of us who watched PBS on Memorial Day of this year don’t need a description: we saw the horrors of Normandy in black-and-white on our televisions.Adams was aboard LST 491 as a U.S. Navy radio operator on D Day. In response to the question, “Why did you live when so many died?” he said, “The whole thing has to do with fate, not faith, but fate. Every person has a god within himself or herself. Things happen that the individual has nothing to do with.” Adams was to learn later how very true that is.


The importance of worshipping God

When an important decision is in the works, we all wish we could hear a voice from heaven or have some solid assurance that we are doing the right thing. Sometimes our confirmation that we are on the right track comes in an overwhelming sense of peace. At other times, we may have friends and family who encourage us that we are headed in the right direction. Rarely, but definitely, there are times that God speaks to our heart in a way that we know only He can do.In the church world ...

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Why incumbents keep getting reelected

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for a midterm-election year. Which might have been notable except, as The Washington Post pointed out, that “Congress’s approval rating has reached historic lows at least 12…times since 2010.”

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Flying with kids? Be organized

I’m happy to announce I’m featured in American Airways magazine this month! With that good news I thought I’d write about flying with little ones. Now that vacation time in full swing and if you plan to fly with your kids, here are my top ten tips for happy flying… short of drugs.1. Be preparedDesignate a carry-on as the entertainment bag. Keep what’s in it a secret, bringing out surprises as the trip goes. Busy kids are happy kids. Bored on...

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Female voters wooed for fall

By Charles BabingtonAn AP News AnalysisWASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican Senators are pouring significant time and energy into pursuing female voters, a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections.Wednesday’s Senate vote on contraception legislation is the latest example of Democrats’ win-by-losing strategy, which forces Republicans to vote on sensitive matters that might rile women this fall.

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EPA carbon rules good for all

Richard EidlinSome national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?

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Getting geared up for back-to-school

The beginning of a new school year is just around the corner. The new start provides an opportunity for your child to participate in all kinds of extracurricular activities, some of which include sports. Sports are a great way for your child to get active, gain confidence, make friends and learn life skills like responsibility and teamwork. If your child has never played sports or is transitioning to a new school, check the school’s website for the types of sports they offer and whether...

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Thankfulness in adulthood and childhood

Pastor Bob Russell writes in his book Jesus, Lord of Your Personality, that having a lot doesn’t tend to produce a grateful spirit. “Have you had a taste of the best this world has to offer? You went to Hawaii once on vacation, so now it’s harder for you to enjoy the state park. You’ve eaten a steak at Ruth Chris, so it’s harder to be thankful for a meal at Ponderosa. You’ve driven a Jaguar, so now you can’t be as content with your used Chevrolet. You...

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Is it heart or duty?

I’ve heard members of the clergy say, “90 percent of the work is done by 10 percent of the people.” I’m not sure if there is any way to test the accuracy of that statement, but in any organization, not just churches, it seems like a fair amount of the work is done by a few or at least the same people as time passes.This week I’d like to talk to the 10 percent. Those that seem to be carrying the majority of the load; Pastors, Sunday school teachers, flo...

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Just turn loose and celebrate God

(Psalm 100) Remember the last time you cut loose and got silly cheering you child around the bases. That special one was running just as fast as their five year-old legs would take them. You hooped and hollered until they crossed home plate. Then you sat down, looked at the parent in front of you, you know the one you don’t know and said, “The one’s mine.” There was no sense of shame or impropriety and you couldn’t wait to have the chance to do it again. Now move...

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Today in History — July 19

By the Associated Press Today is Saturday, July 19, the 200th day of 2014. There are 165 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 19, 1989, 111 people were killed when United Air Lines Flight 232, a DC-10 which suffered the uncontained failure of its tail engine and the loss of hydraulic systems, crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 185 other people survived....

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Inmate program benefits jail, public

People serving time in jails live a pretty repetitive lifestyle.They wake up, eat breakfast, shower, exercise and watch television, eat lunch and dinner and bed down for the night.They wake up and do the same thing over and over again until they’ve served their time.These people are in jail because they have been convicted of crimes and are being punished for those crimes.But even though someone commits a crime, in some cases petty offenses, t...

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Today in History — July 18

By the Associated Press Today is Friday, July 18, the 199th day of 2014. There are 166 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 18, A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome began, consuming most of the city for about a week. (Some blamed the fire on Emperor Nero, who in turn blamed Christians.)On this date:In 1536, the English Parliament passed an act declaring the aut...

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Propose a serious plan of action to secure the border

It is clear we are facing an unprecedented crisis at our border. More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have illegally crossed the border this year, and that number will only continue to rise if the president doesn’t take strong, swift action immediately. The president has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with this crisis, but what is missing is a complete, serious plan of action.In an Appropriations Committee ...

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Yard sales provide summer fun

I love yard sales. Do I need to bring anything else home? No. Do I need to clear out my stash of bargains? Yes.I got started stopping at yard sales when I was still in high school. People put the coolest things out for sale when I was still living in Illinois with my parents. Money was plentiful and work was good. It was a toss away economy for many. It was not uncommon to find items with brand new price tags still on them. Some things were just too good to pass up.I lov...

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Today in History — July 17

By the Associated Press Today is Thursday, July 17, the 198th day of 2014. There are 167 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 17, 1944, during World War II, 320 men, two-thirds of them African-Americans, were killed when a pair of ammunition ships exploded at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in California.On this date:In 1821, Spain ceded Florida to the Uni...

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The importance of worshipping God

When an important decision is in the works, we all wish...

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An empty chair and a life that ended much too soon

Returning to my classroom Thursday on the last day of...

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Letter to the Editor

This being the Fourth of July, I felt led to share my...

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