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National Security: Christmas Truce

The strangest, most wonderful thing happened a century ago on a European battlefield – the shooting stopped and the troops from opposing sides emerged from their fortifications and joined together to celebrate Christmas.  The location was near Ypres, Belgium.  Here is how it happened. The war, that one day would be named World War I, was not even a year old in late 1914.  Mobilization began in the first days of August; so by late December, the fighting was in its fifth month.  After climactic battles in the first month,…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Shop locally for Christmas

Emerald G. Parsons Christmas is less than two weeks away, and everyone is busy buying and wrapping presents in preparation of the holidays. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are behind us. Many of us might be almost through shopping, while others might not have even started yet. I would like to take this time/space to encourage everyone to shop locally, as much as you can. I know, and understand, that by living in a small town there are some things that we have to go out of…

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Editorials 

Your wealth of health… Women, lift weights

Over the last three to five years I have stepped foot into at least ten different gyms. While everyone has their go to type of workout, there is one trend that always stands out. There are very few women who lift weights. There seems to be a stigma that goes with women weight lifting, I would like to address some of those concerns. 1. You will never be as muscular as a man, not naturally. On average, men have about ten times more testosterone than women. This is one of…

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Editorials 

Christian Concepts: The Christian and politics

Alan K. Simpson, former Senator from the State of Wyoming, once said, “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” As a former public servant he was referring to how those who are in power should conduct the public’s business. Sadly, it seems that integrity is in short supply in our nation’s capitol. This shortage of integrity is seen prominently in the public arena of national politics and Christians are increasingly forced to decide between candidates where there is no clear moral choice….

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