Why Bernie Sanders Should Have Been a Professor at a Liberal Arts College

By Janice Barlow Bernie Sanders, Independent Senator from Vermont, ran as an Independent, because, as an admitted Socialist, it is not likely he would have gleaned enough support to make it as far as he did in the last presidential election, nearly defeating his opponent, Hillary Clinton in the primaries. In light of last Wednesday’s tax plan debate with Ted Cruz, R-TX on CNN, where Bernie Sanders kept repeating mantras about the Koch brothers, (he himself was backed by George Soros), and the top 1% getting the biggest tax breaks,…

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Situational Ethics and the Hypocrisy of Judgment in the Last Election

By Janice Barlow We are faced with choices every day. We hear all the time that we should not judge; it is up to God to judge. That’s not the case. It’s up to God to impose judgment, but we discern many times daily. We should, however, not change how we feel about something based on the situation. That is called “situational ethics, “ and it turns us into people who have no solid core values or beliefs. We have become a nation of moral relativists. Some examples will illustrate…

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Credible News Sources Versus Incredible Sensationalism: Getting at the Truth

By Janice Barlow In recent days, America has been deluged with seemingly endless tragedies, both individual and massive. Hurricanes, earthquakes, a mass shooting in Las Vegas, raging fires in California, and the deaths of celebrities have and are bombarding our newsfeeds.  (I do say, America, because Puerto Rico is a Territory of the U.S. and Mexico is part of the American continent). All sources want to be first. But who gets it right? Although we should never become jaded, inured to the horrors that seem to be occurring with increased frequency and magnitude,…

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Sifting Through Conspiracies in the Las Vegas Tragedy

By Janice Barlow Sadly, a mass, deadly attack has once again occurred inside our own borders. We can no longer assume that it is safe to be in the United States compared to say, Europe, Australia or South America. The desensitized nature we had grown accustomed to regarding our surroundings no longer applies. We must be wary and on guard at all times, and even that vigilance won’t always guarantee complete safety. Rather than focusing on the argument of owning assault weapons, I am currently concerned with the impulsive need of…

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Hefner, Trump and the National Anthem…We Can Judge it All

By Janice Barlow After a much needed vacation, I came back to an incongruous pile of topics, that, on the surface appeared to have little substance in common. But oh contraire! There is a boatload of fodder to sift through, the goal being how to keep this piece from drifting into novella territory. I’ll be the judge of that. The week started out with a horrendous hurricane, Maria, making the island U.S. territory of Puerto Rico a bullseye. Within 24 hours, over 3 million people were without power or running…

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It’s Not Your Party and You Should Leave if You’re a Conservative: Continue the GOP Exodus

By Janice Barlow Last year, when many of us were knocked off our feet as Donald Trump steamrolled over the other Republican candidates one by one, eventually gaining the nomination, we went into a holding pattern. Many of us were in denial. Some of us decided to just go with the flow and accept the outlier as our new commander in chief, barring a win by Hillary Clinton. Others, like myself, stood against the whole fiasco and stayed off the train, knowing that the GOP platform would never be Republican….

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I Want to Help, But Whom Shall I Trust? – Donating to Victims of Hurricanes and Other Disasters

  By Janice Barlow With so many disasters happening in recent years, in particular two major hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. only sixteen days apart, almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by one of them in some way. Because of wind currents, timing of the storm, speed of the the storm and it’s strength, I personally dodged the bullet (to be trite). But I may not be so fortunate next time, since coastal North Carolina has a hurricane bullseye painted on it. Many of us have already…

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Phil Williams And His Mission To Inspire Youth Via The Medium Of Entertainment

Phil Williams' Lil' Jimmy character with custom van and Lil' Jimmy graphics

By Janice Barlow Phil Williams is not your garden variety veteran of military service.  He’s a gospel singer/songwriter who has written hundreds of songs and records and mixes for other artists.  He has a radio podcast.  He’s a preacher when the occasion calls for it; a youth pastor at Mustard Seed Faith Ministries under Pastor Jimmy A. Copeland – and a motivational speaker. Phil’s out in neighborhoods in and around metropolitan Atlanta daily, talking with young people about civics and responsibility, conflict resolution and problem solving in their own street…

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Changing Lives During Storms: Never Be Complacent

By Janice Barlow It is inevitable that storms and floods will continue to barrage our nation. As I write this, another tropical depression is making its way across the Atlantic in a pattern that is causing discomfort at the Hurricane Center. In spite of all the hype of approaching storms by various media, especially the Weather Channel, now the bedrock of media meteorology, people have become jaded. Folks in potential danger brush off the possibility of being flooded out of their homes, of losing their roofs, their vehicles, their livelihoods…

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Making Excuses for Donald Trump is Getting Old Fast

  By Janice Barlow Making excuses for President Trump seems to be the modus operandi of all who support him. From his closest advisors to his base of voters and even those who did not vote for him, but feel that they must look the other way and uphold him as their leader at all costs. (“I voted for Ted Cruz, but Trump…”). It’s an old, tired mantra. It’s not required that we look back too far to see that this is problematic for conservatives. Right now, the very idea…

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