• GOING with the FLO: Play your role in making America better

    What can you do to make our America better? Each of us can do something in our sphere of influence. First, we can pray!

    We had the opportunity to hear Congresswoman Michele Bachmann this weekend. She is a brilliant and knowledgeable fighter for our freedom and a powerful prayer warrior.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A fond farewell to newly departed friends

    Some where, some time, we read of a theory about the timing of dying. It seems that some student of the subject has detected a definite correlation between the changing seasons and the number of folks dying.

    Over the years I have tended to observe the same correlation, and this current change from autumn into winter has been no exception.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Too lazy to read it? Then don’t share it

    By Lata Nott

    You sometimes suspect that you’re not as well-informed as you should be.

    When you read about that study that found that middle school kids were unable to distinguish paid advertisements from news stories, you shook your head sadly — then secretly wondered if you would do much better.

  • GOING with the FLO: Learn from past, press toward future

    We have just received the largest tax cut in the history of our America! Not a single Democrat voted for it.

    It is amazing to see how God can overpower the odds and accomplish His purpose for the American people.

    Donald Trump was the last hope the people had of someone who will return the power to the people of America. Our forefathers fought and died for the right to choose our leaders and continue to have Godly values.

  • OFF the CUFF: State’s policy a sign of the times?

    Members of Tennessee’s General Assembly have new digs.

    If you’re a Tennessean or have spent money in the Volunteer State, you helped foot the $126 million bill to renovate Nashville’s Cordell Hull Building to house the offices of our state Representatives and Senators.

    Our lawmakers have shiny new desks, plush chairs and other office accessories because who wants to move old, dank furnishings when you can opt for new on the taxpayer’s dime?

  • GOING with the FLO: The way we view history affects how we live today

    By Flo Charles

    Many Americans today are uninformed or misinformed about the truth of our American history. Our nation’s history has been rewritten or altered and our educational system is receiving an altered view of history.

    “I know of no other way of judging the future than by the past.” (Patrick Henry) We must remember that Thomas Jefferson said, “History, by appraising the past, will enable them to judge of the future. “

  • GLIMPSES: Conflict again a complication

    By Mark Banker

    Bears Ears, Codetalkers, Pocahontas, and Keystone Pipeline: All refer to the most recent controversies in our uniquely United States’ version of one of history’s most enduring stories.

    Initiated when an array of European people encountered an even more diverse array of indigenous Americans in the 15th and 16th centuries, this encounter took on many forms and evokes an array of responses that continue in 2017.

  • GOING with the FLO: Unity, praying and listening to God’s Word essential

    We must listen to God’s Word, unite behind our president and pray!

    North Korea recently launched a ballistic missile that experts say would reach anywhere in the U.S. That intercontinental ICBM ballistic missile reached record altitudes 10 times higher than the space station, landing close to Japan. It traveled 2,800 miles into space before crashing into the Sea of Japan.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Will your tax cut be 43%? The corporations’ will!

    Gentle reader: As this is written, both houses of the Congress have passed their respective versions of the Republican Tax Bill, and they will each designate members to meet together in a joint committee (which may well have already happened by the time this column is published) to reconcile the two bills and produce a final version of the legislation, which will then be returned to the two houses for final action, which is probably a foregone outcome of adoption.

  • GLIMPSES: We need statesmen, not politicians


    Popular myths about our founders to the contrary, ongoing efforts at tax reform in Washington affirm an old insight. The fundamental question has never been “will we pay taxes?”

    Instead on matters of taxation, “who pays?” and “who benefits?” have always been the fundamental questions.

    Politics and governing intertwine, but on this matter it is helpful to temporarily distinguish between the two and their purposes.