Opinion: Columnists View All »

Jul. 01, 2015 @ 08:42 AM

WAGNER: The regret of a man who ran from greatness

One of the oddest accounts of Scripture is found in Mark 14:51-52. It occurs just after Jesus has been arrested in Gethsemane. We read “And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.”


Jul. 01, 2015 @ 07:28 AM

The Good Ol' Days - at least in my head

I've been thinking this week about the "good 'ol days" way back when I was a young 'un, some of the things we used to do for fun in the summer. The main thing I remember is that I got in trouble from time to time (to time to time...).


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 08:51 AM

JOHNSON: My Fourth of July plans

I honestly can’t remember the last time that I’ve attended any Fourth of July celebrations in Rutherford County. It’s been at least a decade ago, probably way longer than that in all honesty. The reason being is that usually I’m in another county when all the celebrations kick off and the fireworks start flying.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 08:53 AM

GORDON: Time spent with cousins — we just got older

Someone said first cousins can be separated for years and the minute they are back together it is as though they were never apart.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 07:39 AM

JANARD: The shifting speeds of childhood

Until recently, my seven year-old refused to walk anywhere without complaining about it. I'd arrive at his school on foot to escort him home, basking in the approval I could feel beaming from nearby teachers about our active lifestyle. As soon as my son spotted me he'd wail, "I wish they had taxis in Rutherford County!"


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 09:08 AM

Bravo to downtown Forest City

I'm a social butterfly. I love meeting new people and going out on the town. 


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 08:57 AM

HOOD: Moral claims don’t persuade

In nearly three decades of writing a syndicated column on North Carolina politics and government, I’ve always received reader response. Back in the day, I’d get an occasional phone call or personal letter, but most of the response came in the form of letters to the editor. The reader would typically praise a point I made, or criticize it. Only rarely would there be an emotional outburst or personal attack.


Jun. 25, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

MULLIGER: Skimming the clouds for a new perspective

No two days in a reporter's career are ever the same. No two events are the same either, even if they are events that take place each year.


Jun. 25, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

LEDFORD: Can Humility Improve Self-Esteem?

It seems to be a bit confusing to say that you can improve your self-esteem by practicing humility, but I believe that it is true. I began thinking about this topic after reading Dr. John Dickson’s book titled “Humilitas.” I heard Dr. Dickson speak at a conference I attended in South Korea last November and followed up by reading his book. He presents a compelling argument for the benefits of practicing humility in our day-to-day interactions.


Jun. 24, 2015 @ 08:50 AM

WAGNER: Finding Rose Lawn, and remembering Jones

In my travels I have found that there are treasures to be discovered almost everywhere. Recently I was preaching in Dallas, Georgia, and mentioned that fact on twitter. I asked what one should seek out while there, and got this response: