From the Inside Looking Out: A Weather Report From A Wilmington Resident, Part One

By Janice Barlow AFTER HAVING SPENT over half of our lives in Michigan, my husband and I made the move to the gulf coast of Florida in 1994 with our two young boys. We had some concerns about hurricanes, but we were moving to an area west of Tampa Bay that hadn’t seen a direct hit since the 1920’s. We lived there until 2016, staying put through three hurricanes. Frances caused the most damage at a Cat 2 even though it had to traverse the state from east to west…

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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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Danger Ahead! The Runaway Tractor Trailer Rig – Trump’s Presidency

by Richard Cameron Trump’s Runaway Presidency The standard metaphor for anything that is going “south”, that is to say, badly wrong, is a speeding train hopping the rails – an impending train wreck. Since it is so overworked and such a cliché, perhaps we should opt for another analogy to the Donald Trump presidency – the runaway semi-tractor trailer. In this one, the president is the owner-operator of the bigly rig and the rig is the Office of the Presidency and the contents of the trailer is the stability and…

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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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Hurricane Irma Tears Through The Caribbean Leaving Death And Destruction

By Tyla MacAllister Category 5 Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean Islands Wednesday.  By nightfall at least seven deaths and two injuries had been confirmed. Six of the deaths occurred on the islands of St Martin/Saint Barts and one death was confirmed in Barbuda. The death toll is expected to rise as many areas are still inaccessible. “Barbuda is literally rubble” The island of Barbuda took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma at around 2:00 a.m. EDT Wednesday. The Barbuda Weather Station recorded sustained wind speeds of 119 miles per…

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Hurricane Irma Intensifies To Category 5 Heading For Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands And Florida

satellite (black and white) image of Hurricane Irma

by Richard Cameron TALLAHASSEE, FL National Compass is monitoring another tropical storm coming on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, but this one is expected by the National Weather Service to be headed, not toward the Gulf Coast, but towards Florida and possibly Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.  Hurricane Irma is already threatening the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is issuing hurricane warnings. Irma has been increased to Category 4 with winds of 140 miles an hour – but they could ramp up even higher, to Category 5 and some…

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