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Make Madison Great Again

The year is 33 CE.  It’s Sunday, the first day of the week, and Jesus has just appeared to Mary Magdalene. Upon seeing Jesus, Mary immediately runs to the Wardlaw Smith Goza house where the disciples were mourning and weeping. When they hear the news of Jesus’ resurrection they refuse to believe it.  Instead, the disciples decide to break bread and drink a glass of wine in remembrance of the life and ministry of their Lord. Paul heads to the wine chiller to grab a bottle of wine but discovers…

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Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Is Now Unconstitutional, [Again].

A Miami judge has ruled that a new provision in the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law is unconstitutional because the legislature overstepped its rightful authority when it increased protections for defendants in self-defense cases. Earlier this year the Florida legislature passed an amendment to its 2005 Stand Your Ground law. The amendment SB 128 (re-instated) that the prosecution carries the burden of proof in pre-trial hearings, of self-defense incidents. “Innocent until proven guilty” has always been a foundational tenet of the United States justice system. Well, that is until last week [again]….

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Isn’t increasing private sector employment preferable to increasing food stamp and welfare rolls?  Over the last eight years the workers participation rate has been spiraling downward to 62%.   That means 38% of the people who are eligible to work are not working! When President Trump took office, it was the worst it has been in 35 years.  Over the last eight years food stamp and welfare rolls have increased by a whopping 50%.  This last 8 years was a disaster for families that had their bread winners looking for…

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Letters to the Editor 

Emerald’s Gem Box: Integrity

Integrity, according to means, “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.” What is integrity? It is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. It is generally a personal choice to uphold oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards. Integrity means doing the right thing, at all times and in all circumstances, whether anyone is watching or not!  Integrity means doing the right thing no matter what the consequences are! Integrity is when your conscience agrees with your actions! My Daddy always taught…

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