Opinion

Originally published April 13, 2015, and modified for another look. Universities and the people and organizations that support them require the exercise of free will that promotes personal and shared responsibility. Responsibility is the nucleus of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments: “Every...
President Franklin Roosevelt in his first inaugural address in the depths of the depression of 1932 told our nation, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Fear is a very powerful tool. It’s been around since mankind was created. Our lives are shaped and impacted each day by the fears we...
If you’re like most people, your anxiety level has gone up lately -- perhaps way up. And chances are, you’ve seen what social media is advocating as a solution: #stressbaking -- with thousands of pictures and recipes for cakes, cookies, pies and other sugar-filled treats.  Although lab studies...
2020 has been a tough year, to say the least; we have all had our struggles. Thankfully, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Two drug companies are bringing COVID-19 vaccines to market soon. The “new normal” is on its way! The Thanksgiving holiday will be different this year for most of us....
Hi Taylor: My son graduates from high school in a few months and I’m trying to figure out the right advice to give. Going out on your own is never easy, and it’s especially hard these days! Any words of wisdom? - Liz Hey Liz: It’s been an unbelievably trying time for young adults. Fortunately, a...
This is the third in a series of articles where I communicate how things are going with our community. I am writing this article on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday break. Thanksgiving always provides us with the opportunity to change our outlook on our situation and count our blessings. Despite...
It is tempting--ever so tempting--to claim authorship of the headline introducing a column written a dozen years ago. To make such a claim, however, wouldn’t set well with my conscience, even if no libel charges took me to task. The account detailed travails of a then 15-year-old Alabama girl who...
My dad, bless his heart, would get me up at 5 a.m. every Sunday morning and we would drive downtown and load up the papers, and then sit in the car while we rolled them. He would drive me to my route I would load up my bag. When we arrived at the first house, which was Sheriff Rufe Jordan’s, I...
It was 400 years ago on November 19, 1620 when a group from England called Pilgrims, after a long journey across the Atlantic Ocean, first sighted land in what was later to become Cape Cod, Massachusetts. They were traveling on a ship called the Mayflower. The ship’s captain, Christopher Jones, had...
A lab study out of Sweden indicates our brains are wired to make us contrarians. The researchers found that when it comes to choosing between go and no-go, we’re more inclined to just say “nay.” That’ll come in handy for pregnant women who get a headache or sore muscles and need to pass on taking...

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