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The Cross and History

One of the most compelling quotes I have ever read about this season of the year is this, "There was a cross in the heart of God before there was one planted on a green hill outside Jerusalem." As we...

 

Watch Out for Con Artists and Scammers!!

Spring is upon us and so are the con artists. Recently we have received many calls about a few different types of cons. One set of these criminals call your house and will tell you several things to...

 
 By Robert Tate    News    April 1, 2014

Bits and Pieces

After my short hiatus (1 month) from Robservations, a lot has happened. We’ve had a Russian invasion, a missing Boeing 777, a pretty boring Olympics, a Jay Leno departure, idiotic lawmakers saying...

 

Lights Out?

Living in Alabama, we are accustomed to the severe weather that can impact our state and are not surprised by the accompanying loss of electrical power. But imagine for a moment that a temporary...

 
 By Zack Azar    Outdoors    April 1, 2014

Mixed Bag Of Outdoorsmen For April

April presents a mixed bag to outdoorsman across central Alabama. Turkey season continues all month, and with warmer temperatures, the fishing is getting better. This month will see turkey hunting...

 

Who's Gonn'a Fill Their Shoes?

With spring training winding up for most college football teams, the players will be elated, the coaches will be either happy or deeply concerned and the fans will be delirious after watching the...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    News    April 1, 2014

Whenever I Try To Find Out About A Friend In The Hospital They Won't Tell Me Like They Did Years Ago And I See This Acronym HIPAA With Health Privacy Issues. What Is All Of This?

HIPAA is the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act. Congress passed the law in 1996, but the Privacy and Security portions were not signed into law until 2003. For purposes of this...

 

Crime: Human Economics

In the two preceding articles we pointed out that the principle cause of crime is inadequate moral formation, and that spending money on law enforcement and penitentiaries does not solve the basic...

 
 By Bobbie Ames    Education    April 1, 2014

Good Books, Good Friends, Great Stories …Never Forgotten

Several years ago The Harvard Education Letter’s lead article was titled “The Power of Family Conversation.” (Vol. 24, No. 3, 2008) It began, “School matters, but literacy starts at home....

 
 By John Sophocleus    News    April 1, 2014

Mrs. Grant Goes to Montgomery - a.k.a. "Goat Hill"

Readers like me, a little ‘long in the tooth,’ will more easily make the connection to the Jimmy Stewart film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Considered controversial when released in 1939 yet so su...

 

April Potpourri

As life should have it, mistakes can be made when composing on the computer. Please note that in rereading last month's article, I saw a typo that I thought I had corrected prior to sending. The...

 

The Cross and History

continued from page 1 Eternity has no measurements, but we count days and years because our bodies are finite. It really was in the heart of God from the beginning and still reverberates through...

 

It's not worth what?

Americans are fortunate to have perhaps the richest language in existence. In many languages there's one way to articulate something, and that's it. The number of pseudonyms, homonyms, figures of...

 

Are Your Social Security Benefits Taxable?

If you’ve recently begun receiving Social Security benefits or plan to apply in the near future, you may be wondering this tax season: are Social Security benefits taxable? The short answer is:...

 

"Easter Brings Hope"

Easter is not about brightly colored eggs, wearing pastels, or enjoying a big meal. Although, Easter festivities do include these. Easter is about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For...

 

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