Opinion

Goofy Stuff

Vincent Cardegin

744... Late last year I drove to Texas to attend my grandson’s graduation from Air Force basic training. We made it a dual visit, because my mother and brother live close by. We didn’t drive to all the main attractions, but we did tour the newly refurbished museum, and it was amazing. We also ate a lot of the real fake Mexican food, which my wife will go on and on about how good it is. But I think the original TV dinner in an aluminum tray with aluminum foil cover that mom had to bake in the oven when I was a kid was better.

Caption This! 3/2/2018

Karen Smith: Are you 'tire'd? Then relax, take a break and ' head' to the beach!

Dorene Stanfield Lovelace: Welllll, at least my head ain't in the sand!

Van Man: I can Dig the Beach I never get Tired of it! or Caught Rubbernecking on the Beach!

DeLana Roberts: Tired and loving it at the beach!

Lee Jacoby: Gov. Scott said I'd be ok right here. Lol

Mary White Risk: Is this Florida?

Joy Hamm: Ring around the collar at its worst

John Harason: Mom, don't worry the car is fine. This is just a joke.

A practical way to live in God’s peace

by William F. Holland Jr., DD., C.ED.D., Minister/Chaplain

Every now and then I’m asked why I do not express my thoughts about political and social issues. Of course, I have personal opinions about all that is going on just like you, but do we really need more repetitive commentary especially when it comes to confirming how disturbing the world has become? How could I help anything by joining in with the crowd to criticize and argue about problems which are politically and socially divisive?

Rocking worried…

By VINCENT CARDEGIN

My granddaughter, Sneaks, got her driving license. She texted me about it this morning, and I sat in my recliner with my feet on the seat, hugging my knees and gently rocking for hours while the TV played show after show, none of which I recall. Later this afternoon she informed me that because her insurance had not yet gone through, she did not get to do what she had planned, to drop her father off after the road test, pick up her friend and drive to school, and later drive herself to work and back.

Caption this! 2/16/2018

Robynn Othouse: The human you see left me his button pushing control. I wonder if my bowl will not be empty ever again. I must learn to train the human better.

Mary Carwell: I guess it's time to clean my litter box...glad I have an automatic one because I would be in trouble if I had to depend on my owner to clean it!

Rosana Jones: Hmmm what's on big brother tonite...hope it zing bot

Kristara Martin: Bwahaha the hound is now MY minion

Theresia Russell Gibson: Okay Dog! What are you going to do for me today?

‘Deep State,’ ‘Fake News,’ Are Not New

Adon Taft for 48 years was a reporter and editor for The Miami Herald and taught social studies at Miami-Dade Community College. He lives in Brooksville, FL, and can be reached at [email protected]

Portrait of George Washington by Rembrandt Peale circa 1850


Adon Taft

The idea of a “deep state” and “fake news’ is not new with the Trump administration. It began with critics of our first president, George Washington, whose birthday anniversary we celebrate Feb. 19.

As far as the east is from the west

by Dr. William Holland

Someone said, “Our lives are defined by opportunities, including the ones we miss. Let us not weep over chances we have missed, but rather for the ones we did not take.” When I look back over my life, I can see where I’ve made plenty of mistakes and I’ve also missed out on some wonderful opportunities. Maybe you are saying the same thing. If so, I encourage you to resist the temptation to live in regret. Humans are fallible creatures and we all make wrong choices but at least our disappointment reveals that we care and that’s a good thing.

The question at the heart of Christmas

Suppose they had public opinion polls some 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem or as far away as Rome or Syria.

How many folks would have said “yes” to the question: Will all history be divided into two categories: Events that happened before a seemingly routine occurrence one night in Bethlehem, a small town in the hills just south of Jerusalem, and those events that have taken place since then?

Certainly not the handful of Jewish shepherds in those hills who reported that angels told them that a special baby was to be born in town that night.

Making Space for God

Adon Taft

At a time when space travel is taken for granted, many of us overlook the faith that made possible Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin’s walk on the virgin dust of the moon half a century ago on July 16,1969.

Even more so, the faith that prompted the first European settlers to found the colonies that became what we now know as the United States of America seems all but forgotten.