Thursday, January 14, 2021
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Ten years ago I went to meet with my constituents in front of a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz. I was a young congresswoman, just sworn in for a third term; it had been a long and hard campaign in a charged national environment. Soon after I arrived that morning, a gunman opened fire. He shot…

Thursday, January 07, 2021
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“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity… it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

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More than 74 million Americans who voted for President Donald Trump have justifiably lost confidence in the electoral system because election laws in decisive battleground states were ignored or altered outside of the legislative process.

Thursday, December 31, 2020
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It was the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who coined the phrase, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” Applying his measurement to our lives, the year 2020 should have made superheroes out of all of us!

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As if an attempted coup, insulting the “totally incompetent and weak” Supreme Court (including three appointees who supposedly were his big gift to conservatives), and refusing even to comment on the covid-19 surge did not make it clear, President Donald Trump’s recent actions should show he…

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Just like many other children, I learned the game of baseball from my dad. It was a family tradition. Fly balls, grounders, all had to be practiced. “Two hands for beginners on fly balls,” was a common phrase he would yell, reminding me to “watch the ball into my glove.” Then he would implor…

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2021 is here, and will it be just another year? If it’s just another year, then that won’t be bad at all because too many will not have another year. The opportunity and privilege to have another year is the gift of life. Being alive and living your life is about as good as it gets. Aim for …

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The economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has stretched far and wide, affecting many Tennessee residents who had always been self-sufficient. Here in Nashville, our hospitality workers have been particularly hard hit as hotels, bars, and restaurants have seen sharp drops in customers.

Thursday, December 24, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020
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The Christmas season is here! Gatherings of every sort are being experienced. Church programs, office parties and family reunions are all being observed. The fantasy of a Christmas resembling a Hallmark movie with snow, mistletoe and special moments, is the dream of many holiday hosts. It’s …

Thursday, December 10, 2020
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The English carol from the 19th century, “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” is one of my favorite songs of the Christmas season. While contemporary holiday songs about a White Christmas, chestnuts roasting on an open fire or Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer have entertained many people throughout…

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The grueling 2020 Presidential election is finally over, thanks to a record-breaking number of American voters who overwhelmingly rejected President Trump’s divisive agenda in favor of a new direction. As President-elect Biden inherits a nation ravaged by the coronavirus, it’s imperative tha…

Thursday, December 03, 2020
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Voting is the beating heart of our republic, and every eligible, legal American citizen should have the opportunity to participate in our electoral system. That is a given. But this precious liberty is undermined when election integrity is not taken seriously and protections to defend it are…

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As we approach the Christmas season, many people are making out their “wish list” of gifts they would like to receive. Whether it be a new car, a major appliance, jewelry or electronics, everybody wants something that they have dreamed about. Children also have their list of things that they…

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Years ago, before I became involved in politics, members of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Agency (TNECD) spoke at my local Rotary Club and shared a story about their early discussions with Nissan about relocating its North American headquarters from Californi…

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Donald Trump’s presidency has been a four-year stress test of America’s constitutional system. Trump’s belligerent governance has weakened the bipartisan fabric — rooted in prudence, decency and comity — that ties our multi-branch system of government together.

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When I was a child, I thought Christmas would never come. The weeks dragged by while I wore out the toy sections of the Sears and Penny’s catalogs hoping Santa might stop by. I always looked for Santa Claus and tried to stay awake on Christmas Eve just to catch a glimpse of the jolly big guy…

Thursday, November 26, 2020
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I wish to convey my warmest Thanksgiving wishes to you and your family on this incredibly special holiday. In a year of many hardships, we can still humbly acknowledge the blessings bestowed upon ourselves, our nation and its citizens. Almighty God has blessed us, so with grateful hearts, bo…

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Hello Thanksgiving, it seems like you’re running late. I can’t say that I blame you. Most of us have been hiding out at home, or behind our masks, so you can be excused for being a bit anti-social. Still, it’s nice having you around. The turkeys are smaller, and the gatherings are more intim…

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With all the attention commanded by the presidential campaign, election, and aftermath, plus the ongoing COVID-19 story, many other issues have faded into the background. Though escaping the headlines, some of these other issues will be with us for a long time, and contributions to the publi…

Thursday, November 19, 2020
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Paul, the beloved missionary church planter, was focused on sailing to Ephesus to bid farewell to the elders of the church. His ultimate destination was Jerusalem. He was determined to fulfill a burning desire to visit Jerusalem, even though he was warned by the Holy Spirit to not go. But be…

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As we approach what some are calling the “dark winter” of this pandemic, I can only hope it is our one and only such winter. Like so many others, I’m hopeful that the Pfizer vaccine, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or whatever vaccine may follow, is indeed the magic bullet.

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A briefing from the Biden-Harris transition team’s lawyers should be mandatory viewing for anyone writing about or debating the flurry of specious lawsuits from President Donald Trump’s lawyers attempting to undermine the legitimacy of a historic win for the Democratic presidential ticket (e…

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American public education is at a crossroads. We face unforeseen and unique challenges educating the next generation during this global pandemic. It will necessitate concerted effort to make certain every student has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of where they live, especially durin…

Thursday, November 12, 2020
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The heartaches of life can come unexpectedly. Whether it is the news of a friend or loved one killed in a car accident, the diagnosis at the hospital of a terminal illness or the loss of a job, life is full of bitter tears and solemn contemplations. Feelings of loneliness and its companion, …

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2020 will be remembered for more than we what to remember including the painful Nov. 3 election. Our country was already suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic and all its spin-off problems. Unemployment, business closings, demise of the travel industry, struggling houses of worship, massive n…

Thursday, November 05, 2020
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His life had a short description in the Bible…he “walked with God.” This was the singular most important thing for the inspired writer of Scripture to declare, twice, in Genesis 5:22, 24. Profoundly, very little else is even stated. The writer of Hebrews briefly stated that he “pleased God” (11:5).

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I have a friend named Ben. He’s in his 70s, is retired from a successful career, and leads a busy, fulfilling life. He’s endured a couple of health setbacks during the past 10 years, including a cancer scare, but he has bounced back well. When we chatted recently, he asked, “Dave, how’re ya …

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Despite rising health insurance premiums, patients across the country continue to find themselves receiving surprise medical bills, while big insurance companies reap record profits. That is why it was initially encouraging to hear that Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA)…

Thursday, October 29, 2020
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As the White House Proclamation stated earlier this month, “On National Manufacturing Day, we celebrate our dedicated American workers who carry on this legacy, recognizing that manufacturing is a cornerstone of our economic prosperity and national security.” Manufacturing businesses are ess…

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There are some things we can’t say out loud. Perhaps no one should say them out loud. This pandemic is just as bad as advertised. People have suffered in every conceivable way, from routine inconveniences to losing loved ones.

Thursday, October 22, 2020
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A small picture is placed at a strategic location on my office desk. The picture portrays a businessman wearing a suit, holding his glasses in his right hand near his bosom while his left elbow rests on his desk. Sitting comfortably in his chair with his eyes affixed on Jesus, his left hand …