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This was not supposed to happen. At this point, we should not have to worry about the future of our nation. We have had more than 240 years to work out the kinks of this beautiful experiment. Where have we failed?

“There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” said Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, in announcing she would vote to impeach President Trump.

Democrats started trying to remove President Donald Trump from office before he entered office. Now they are proposing to remove him from office after he leaves office.

Readers might think from the tenor of my writings that I am a Democrat. But since I first began voting in 1956 I have always considered myself an independent with no firm commitment to any particular party or ideology.

She wasn’t thrilled when I told her I had been invited to write an occasional column for a local publication. After more than three decades in the Bell System and three arduous years as part of the staging of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, she thought it time to enjoy a long-awaited reti…

Baptists are traditionally known for many things, among which are casseroles, pot lucks, fried chicken, banana pudding (nanner pudding, when spoken familiarly) hacking preaching, shouting, camp meetings, and a strong aversion to anything “new.”

My most memorable New Year's Day took place five years ago on a cold, clear morning in another life. We awoke to find a 30-acre lake where there had been pasture the night before. The Arkansas River had been rising ominously for days, and when it got high enough, it always backed up the bayo…

From the content of the news it is difficult not to conclude that things are getting progressively worse. But is our world actually falling apart as some politicians and media doomsayers tell us? Not if we concentrate on the real data, the facts.

Democrats and their allies in the press spent the last four years accusing President Donald Trump of being soft on Russia. And worse: Some called the president a Russian asset, a traitor, Putin’s patsy and much, much more. It was all nonsense, because behind the rhetoric was the stark realit…

There’s a monthly delivery that causes a bit of a kerfuffle at my house. We find it in our mailbox, and it doesn’t look like much from the outside — just a slim children’s book wrapped in plastic with a little activity sheet enclosed.

Streaming across the web or the internet has been growing in popularity for a few years but in 2020 because of the pandemic became very popular. I expect that it will continue to be used widely but not quite as much once we get the coronavirus under control.

Coming as it was from one of the most well-known pastors in the world, I could not have been more disappointed with what I was listening to. To actually hear the (no doubt very well-meaning) words “As a white pastor, I am part of the problem” from the pulpit, ostensibly as part of a Biblical…

As you may have noticed by now, I’m “old school,” which is a way of saying you’re old, but by adding the word “school” it softens the blow.

The current president of Planned Parenthood is unafraid to use the word “abortion.” In a Christmas-season interview with The Washington Post, Alexis McGill Johnson scolded those who would downplay the importance of abortion in her organization’s work. She says it is “stigmatizing” to do so.

So what’s it going to be, America? The beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? Chaos and misrule, or the gradual rebirth of democratic governance under President Joe Biden?

We Americans really don’t ever seem to agree on much, and 2020 did not improve that situation any. But if there is one thing we should all be able to agree on, one matter that is so obvious that no one in his right mind should dispute it, one thing so utterly heinous and unthinkable as to ca…

Pop into any gift shop near a tourist lake, and you will see a pillow embroidered with this truth: If you're lucky to live by a lake, you are lucky enough. Now that the holiday gift season is over, I have my own version: If you were lucky enough to get a copy of the new book “The Glorious Am…

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General William Barr, the federal government’s chief law enforcement officer, is stepping down from his post, but not before parting company with President Donald Trump, saying he has seen no evidence of massive fraud in the 2020 presidential election or the need f…

When most believers thank a higher power for the people in their lives, a mental list begins to form. It can include children, a spouse, parents, and siblings. The list naturally lengthens to extended family and friends. Perhaps a co-worker has asked for prayers for a family hardship or some…

“In times of trouble, it’s always the most vulnerable who suffer the worst,” Archbishop Bashar Warda, Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Erbil, Iraq, said just before Thanksgiving, at a mostly virtual global conference focusing on persecuted Christians and other religious minorities around the globe.

The scary part is that it’s always impossible to guess what schemes a crazy person will dream up next. No rationally competent observer, regardless of how imaginative and insightful, can ever keep up. So there’s simply no telling what wild spectacles the nation will be forced to endure befor…

House Democratic leaders are trying to keep the espionage scandal surrounding Intelligence Committee member Rep. Eric Swalwell under tight control. But it’s going to be an uphill battle. Republicans are pushing harder and harder to learn more about Swalwell’s relationship with Chinese spy Ch…

In his limited public appearances since leaving office George W. Bush has basked in the role of respected elder statesman. But had it not been for Donald Trump’s disastrous four years in the White House, George W. would probably own the title of the worst American president in modern times.

Realizations regarding those I love sometimes hit me in unexpected ways. I think a little denial is normal in certain situations, and I realized recently I have been unconsciously indulging regarding my oldest horse, Cheyenne.

I really don’t know a better way to communicate what is on my heart than to start by telling you, 2020, that we really just aren’t that into you anymore. And it’s really not us; it’s you.

When you write a column long enough, you establish traditions. For me, I usually turn over my Christmas week column to someone else. This gives me a break, it keeps you from having to endure a rerun column, and it is always written by someone I admire.

Looking at reporting and discussion of the 2020 presidential campaign, has any word been misused as often as “misinformation”? In much political debate, it was used to mean “information I don’t like,” rather than something that was provably false. That confusion extends to a new survey of Am…

Our present fee-for-service health care system is by far the world’s most expensive, twice that of second-place France. It is also an inflexible, bureaucratic, antiquated system used by no other industrialized nation today, and for good reason.