The Choice Is Yours – Ethics, God, Integrity … Or The Corrosion Of Conformity

  It takes a lot of guts to do the right thing. Takes even more when those closest to you tell you not to. Tell you you’re wrong. Wrong to think.  Wrong to speak.  Wrong to believe.  Wrong to act. Herd mentality is real. And within the human herd we have everything from generic group swagger to cliques and even cults. People seldom like to walk alone. The narrow way is just too lonely when you place your value as a human being in other human beings. Jesus said “If…

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Could You Or Your Loved One Be Refused Emergency Service On Religious Grounds?

photo of an Emergency Medical team providing treatment to an accident victim

By Shannon Hanson   How Far Should We Allow “Religious Rights” to Go?   Imagine someone you care about has been critically injured in an auto accident. Paramedics arrive quickly then just as quickly pack up the medical supplies and leave. Turns out the EMT – who also owns the small ambulance company – recognizes the injured person and knows that she is a lesbian, so he refuses to treat her or allow her to be transported in his ambulance. Seems like something that could only happen in a bad…

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Playing Roulette With Premarital Sex

By Janice Barlow THE PRO-LIFE/PRO-CHOICE ISSUE has been front and center in the MSM and on social media in recent months. Proposals and legislation to either end most abortions or to allow them to occur up to (and even post birth!) are showing up in almost every state in the nation. People are taking sides as strong pro-life conservatives or advocates of a woman’s right to choose and battling the issue out on Twitter and Facebook. Articles are appearing that call abortion murder, either because life begins at conception, as deemed…

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How President Trump Can Solve the Immigration Dilemma and Maybe Save His Presidency, too

by Tony Wyman President Trump gave a speech last week that, I admit, I immediately dismissed as “a dud.”  Like millions of others watching the speech, I expected Mr. Trump to announce he was declaring a state of emergency so he could make an end run around Congress and the Constitution, and redirect money from the Defense Department to build a 1954-mile-long wall between the United States and Mexico. Instead, he delivered a nine-minute-long speech that sought to reshape his message from one depicting immigrants as dangerous, malevolent and threatening…

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There are Ways to Handle a Midlife Crisis Without Buying a Corvette

by Tony Wyman At 57, I find too many times that I am “that guy,” the older, greying veteran warning younger men to prepare better for middle age than I did, to be in a better place emotionally to handle that moment that will inevitably come when they realize their best days are behind them. Greybeards warned me, of course, when I was in my 20’s and was smarter than everyone else.  And I treated their advice with the same disdain the young men I talk to treat my words. …

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Because We Lack True Friendships, Men Are Living Unnecessarily Lonely Lives

by Tony Wyman A little more than a year ago, I shared a table at an Irish pub outside Dayton, Ohio, with three fellow business executives, men all in their 50’s who held high-paying positions in major companies where they had enjoyed long and successful careers that made them well-respected and affluent members of their communities. And all three of them were miserable. None of them had money problems, unfaithful wives, recalcitrant children or failing health.  In fact, from an outsider’s perspective, their lives were pretty much what they should…

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The Death of Madelyn Linsenmeir Shouldn’t Matter More Than the Deaths of Other Drug Victims

by Tony Wyman On October 7, 2018, in the idyllic community of Burlington, Vermont, a 30-year-old mother in police custody laid in a hospital bed where, later that evening, she would take her last breath, succumbing to the ravages of opioid addiction. Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir left behind a 3-year-old son, a life full of promise and unrealized talent, as well as a family that penned her obituary so full of heartbroken melancholy that it touched the world.  Publications like People Magazine, The Washington Post and USA Today in the United…

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Tropical Storm Florence: Rescue Me (Part 1)

Rescue Boat

By Lynda Bryant Work “In times of disaster, basic connectivity is a form of aid that connects people to the resources critical for survival and enables humanitarian organizations to quickly deliver life-saving information.” -Tae Yoo Hurricane Katrina began a movement of civilian rescuers and relief work largely because the government is proving to be mostly ineffective in a disaster. Talking to those Katrina victims, who had no one to rescue them, it is apparent why citizens turned to one another for help – and why many rescue groups have sprung…

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The Fate of Our Families And How We Can Change Course

crayon style drawing of family with Mom, Dad and Child.

by Paul Hamlin This may be chicken and egg argument, but in truth it doesn’t matter.  The American family is disintegrating, and it really doesn’t matter what happened first, whether societal pressures are destroying families or if families dissolving are causing the societal illness.  What we do know is that the family is a representation of the modern society. So, we can argue which came first, but the truth is we cannot solve the problems of society without looking at and solving our family issues. Let’s start with some disclaimers: This is…

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Missing Daisy: Coping With The Loss Of A Pet

By Janice Barlow MOST OF US HAVE BEEN THROUGH IT. We’ve either had to make the excruciating decision to have a beloved pet put down, or we lost them suddenly at home or in an accident. It has to be one of the most heart wrenching situations to deal with in life. Some folks never want to have pets. There are various reasons for this decision. Some are far too busy and cannot devote the necessary time to care for and love an animal. Others don’t want to go through…

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