Susan Steen: Organized files always help in emergency

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin The panic set in. Where was that piece of paper? I knew exactly where it was, but I tore several areas of the house apart looking for it. It was in a manila folder. Or was it? No, it turned out it wasn’t. And when I changed what […]

Democrats put illegal immigrants first and Americans last

5.3 million. That’s the estimated number of illegal immigrants who have been apprehended at the Southern border since Joe Biden took office. Another 1.5 million so-called “gotaways” have evaded Border Patrol agents and entered the country without being caught. An Afghan national and a Pakistani national, both on the FBI Terrorism Watch List, were caught trying to enter the U.S. last week. Just days ago, a group of 30 […]

Susan Steen: Relationship with parents succeeds in both directions

“And teach your parents well …And feed them on your dreamsThe one they pick’s the one you’ll know by. Don’t you ever ask them, ‘Why?’If they told you, you will crySo just look at them and sighAnd know they love you.” –Graham Nash It was January 1965. The couple received a call that a little 5-month-old baby girl was still […]

Susan Steen: Great teachers give us a love of learning

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” — Kahlil Gibran Mr. Hill will always be a teacher I remember. He allowed me to figure things out on my own. Well, I, along with a travel agent and many pages in […]

Blackburn: The left is waging war on women

Mother’s Day is an important time for us to come together with our loved ones and recognize the pivotal role mothers play in our families and our lives. In the Blackburn family, I celebrated my daughter and daughter-in-law, and I took time to remember my mother and grandmother, who had such a profound influence on my life. Spending the day […]

Susan Steen: You have an entire month to show you care

“To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care.” — Mandy Hale I remember the first time I saw a photo submitted by Sabrina in our weekly photography project. She clearly had a great eye for creativity. She had been homeless for almost three weeks. I have […]

Blackburn: Biden administration fumbles another evacuation

We’ve seen this movie before: a U.S. embassy closes under the supervision of President Biden’s administration. Americans are left behind. Utter incompetence abounds as yet another country descends into chaos. I have to commend our brave service members for carrying out the courageous mission to evacuate government workers from the U.S. embassy in Khartoum. Few places in the world are […]

Susan Steen: Rain, the Golden Rule and other true sayings

“April showers bring May flowers.” — Proverb Finally, May has arrived, and with it comes a sense of encouragement for me (hoping for warmer temperatures and less rain). While there have been a few clouds, so far, the rain has yet to fall. Of course, it’s early in the month, and things could change. As a personal ritual, I begin […]

Biden’s loan plan tears at fabric of America

To the Editor: Our president just violated the basic principle of nondiscrimination. By his forcing hard working Americans with high credit scores to pay a premium on loans to subsidize those who do not maintain good credit ratings is discriminatory. His preposterous rule is not only biased but penalizes those that faithfully pay their bills. It tears at the very […]

To take on Big Tech, America must take on China too

So much of what Americans do online happens under the prying eyes of Big Tech companies, even as we watch these platforms exercise their disdain for free speech, exploit our children for profit, and engage in anticompetitive business practices. When you are on a tech giant’s platform, you — and your personal information — are the product. It is long past time that Americans […]

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