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Short definition of Shalom: a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare, and tranquility and can be used idiomatically to mean both hello and goodbye.

This just in: There's no wizard behind the curtain, and nobody's actually in charge. There's no shadowy cabal of billionaires scheming to bring about one-world government. To begin with, nobody clever enough to accumulate that much money believes that such a thing is A) remotely possible, or…

On June 14, 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court. On Aug. 3, she was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate, with only three hardcore Republican conservatives opposing her.

Of the many ways the American public is being taken for a ride by their health care establishment, the price gouging and profiteering by the prescription drug industry (Big Pharma) stands out.

The taskbar in Windows is the bar normally across the bottom of the screen. However, it can be moved to any side of the screen, top, bottom, left or right, by clicking on it and holding the button down and dragging to where you want it.

In my job as an education reporter, I frequently hear from parents and teachers complaining about overcrowded classrooms. These days, that usually means 25 or more students at a time. I don’t argue the point. The smaller the class size, the better, in every way.

President Trump officially began his 2020 campaign by attacking Joe Biden as a liberal ideologue determined to take us down the road to socialism and economic ruin. But this makes me wonder if this bird even understands what socialism actually is?

In the normal decimal number world, numbers are numbers and letters are letters except in places where we may call letters numbers, like in a car tag number.

Last fall, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a member of the National Security Council staff, was a star witness against President Trump at House impeachment hearings. Since then, he has left public view, left the White House and left the Army. Now, with an election approaching, he is launching wh…

The wanton, September 13, 2020 firing on two uniformed Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies while they sat in their marked police vehicle was an outrage. Other affronts emanated from that disgraceful attack: A witness to the assault is recorded cackling with delight after the gunfire. Outsi…

I would be lying through my teeth if I claimed that my interest in my wife has always been purely spiritual, and that from the moment I met her, her walk with God, all by itself, was all that made my heart sing. Although I always have and still do love her for that, she also caught my eye ju…

I was in New York on that Sept. 11, 19 years ago. The darkness that descended that day and the hope that rose from it are indelible parts of everyone who lived through the attacks, especially, of course, those who lost family or friends that day. The tragedy and the lessons we learned from i…

In the real world — that is to say, the non-televised part of our lives remote from social media — we would shun somebody who went around spreading ugly rumors about neighbors, relatives or co-workers. Not that it never happens. I have a friend who resigned from a local charity after a cliqu…

I was grabbing a couple of sausage biscuits, and witnessed a couple of old codgers arguing over their coffee. One was a bit on the heavy side, with wild hair and a loud voice. The other was silver-haired, more soft-spoken, and would occasionally seem to lose his train of thought.

The Trump-Russia investigation effectively ended on July 24, 2019, the day special counsel Robert Mueller testified on Capitol Hill. Mueller’s halting presentation of his 400-plus-page report troubled both Republicans and Democrats. But of greater concern was this fact: After two years of in…

Although Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential electoral vote he was over two million votes short of having a popular majority. He claimed this was due to “millions of cases of voter fraud.” But like the rest of his off-the-wall accusations, there is no real evidence to support his claim.

Black lives matter. Let me state that again, lest anyone think I wrote it accidentally; black lives matter. How in the world could they not? The Bible tells us in Genesis 1:26-27 that mankind was “made in the image of God.” It further informs us in Acts 17:26 that God made all nations, meani…

We are now into September of what has so far been a bummer of a year. My colleague, David Carroll, a Chattanooga TV anchor with whom I share the editorial page in several papers, calls 2020 “ the Edsel of years.” I wish I had thought of that line. I hate it when TV anchors are funnier than I am.

Here are two interesting political straws in the wind: According to a recent poll in the Military Times, active duty service members favor Joe Biden over Boss Trump in the upcoming election, 41-37. Given that a poll on the same date in 2016 showed Trump favored by 20 points over Hillary Clin…

Most of us could write volumes on the transgressions of our two major political parties. Historically, machine politics has been almost the exclusive domain of northern big-city Democrats. And although their reign ended with the 1968 Voting Rights Act, few political organizations were more c…

Files have two parts of their names. Often people only see the first part and think of that as the file name. However almost all files have a second part to their name which is the extension. The extension identifies what program the file is designed to be used with or the type of file.

When my family and I looked to move several years ago from a tiny, less-than-one-thousand square-foot house near the foot of the mountain to a house much more suitable for our family of five, I feared that even if we found an appropriately-sized house, I would never find one in a location th…

GUIs are Graphical User Interfaces. That is what the acronym is but what is it really. You may have heard people say computers now use GUIs

2020 has been the Edsel of years. For those who are too young to understand that ancient reference, it has been the New Coke of years. Am I still going back too far? OK, it’s been the Google Glass of years. There, I’ve covered every generation who may read this column. For all of us, the com…

If there is anything that drives conservatives up the wall, it is the suggestion of wealth redistribution. This is the taking of some of the wealth of the more acquisitive members of society and dividing it among the less-well-off. Creeping socialism? It depends on one’s perspective.

I think humans generally are drawn to water, but there are some of us who have a heightened affinity. Some people have to have their time at the beach, while others find peace kayaking or tubing on a scenic river or creek. I love those things, too, but I realized about five years ago that I …

I have always enjoyed teaching in a classroom setting. The bulk of my teaching experience was done at the college level, spending sixteen years in a small Bible college teaching things like Greek, hermeneutics, homiletics, logic, history, and several books of the Bible. A few years ago, thou…