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Passing Parade: Florida bill could set national tone

Nelson A. Pryor: Guest Columnist What do you do if the Florida State Supreme Court cuts the heart out of the “Stand Your Ground” law, as they did in 2015? The court ruled that the defendant has the burden of proof before trial, if a “Stand Your Ground” defense, is pursued. A bill, sponsored by State Representative Bobby Payne, Republican of Putnam County, would undo that burden by shifting that burden to prosecutors. That bill was made a priority by the Republican Legislators of Florida. It passed both houses, and…

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Christian Concepts: The truth about lies

The June 2017 edition of National Geographic magazine has an article titled, Why We Lie: The Science Behind Our Deceptive Ways. It is interesting what science has to say about the ninth commandment of the Decalogue that reads, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor,” Exodus 20:16. Before I get into the article, I think it is important that we distinguish an untruth from a lie. We have all said things at times that at the moment we thought were true and discovered later they weren’t, but they…

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From the sunny side… wardrobe malfunctions

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. I have probably said it before and will likely say it again, I truly do love the staff with whom I work every day. Even when things get a little tense, I have learned to think “Oh that’s so and so, just being so and so.” During those times, I usually just smile and nod, and make note of any corrections I may need to make. I have learned to take very little of anything said, done, or heard during “tense” times personally. A vast…

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Deployed

Joe Boyles One of the great challenges facing military families is deployment when the service member travels to a forward deployed station, often overseas, for an extended period of time.  The military acronym is TDY which stands for ‘temporary duty.’  Sometimes that period of TDY may stretch to six months or more.  My longest period of TDY was 196 days in a war zone.  As you can imagine, it was very stressful for my wife back in 1972. The United States has commitments all around the world.  Marines, soldiers, and…

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