I like to swim naked. After all, it's how God created me and there's nothing I have that hasn't been seen by any observer who might happen by. Isn't it my right to swim naked as an homage to what God created?
I like the f-word. It's percussive, it's flexible, and it communicates the depth of feeling I put into it. It's just a collection of sounds that have been around since the Angles hooked up with the Saxons. Free speech, dude. I can use it wherever.
But I don't swim naked, nor do I use the f-word in public. It would offend a significant number of people I have to live with. Basically, I don't want to be a jerk. It has been communicated to me that swimming naked and using the f-word offends and hurts others.
So I don't know why, in the home of Southern hospitality and Southern graciousness, there are those who insist on waving a flag that offends a significant number of our friends.
To me, the heritage of my home is the graciousness in the face of Yankee crassness, it's when we stop and pull over when a funeral goes by. It's the way we still say, "Bless your heart." It's not waving a flag in the face of those it hurts. I love that flag, but just like the f-word and swimming naked. Don't be a jerk Leave that to the Yankees.
Brian K. Spear
When many read about Bill Cosby and the sexual allegations involving some 40-plus women, we can really see the truth of the results of sin: "It will take you farther than you had intended to go, keep you longer than you had intended to stay and cost you more than you had intended to pay."
We can also recognize the actions of an old natural man dressed in a good natural man's garb, which, from a spiritual perspective, is no more than just a mere man in need of a touch by a merciful Savior. In high school English class I was taught never to say "most"; in this case I'll have to break the rules and say most men have not gone to Mr. Cosby's length in using Quaaludes in alcohol to seduce women, but we are guilty in so many other natural ways of trying, and many fall into a category where they just used their natural lustful mind and a tongue to manipulate and deceive.
The revelation of Mr. Cosby's actions will not stop the abuse of women, but it will cause tremble waves to flow through the nation and make many men wonder who will be exposed next. Women are precious and often difficult to understand, but we men owe them an apology for our mistreatment of them.
The good news of 2 Peter 3:9-12 is that we have a concerned personal God who is long suffering to mere men and is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance, be born again and saved.
I began working at 15, preparing to-go orders for a restaurant close to my home. I made decent money, for a high school student, but I knew fairly quickly that I had no desire to stick around. Having this job during high school, motivated me to get a degree, so I could choose a different career path for myself. During and even after college, I applied for many jobs. I applied for jobs at book stores, hotels, and even convenience stores. Unfortunately, it was difficult to find a job, even with a college degree. Luckily, there are options for high school students to gain experience and job training during school, if they decide to take advantage of it.
With many college students struggling to find jobs after graduation, vocational schools are becoming popular again. Politicians have even noted the need for practical skilled labor training to increase in the job market. Fortunately, high school students are able to graduate with a training certificate in fields like plumbing, health science, and construction. Schools like Jordan Vocational High School may have stigmas about them because they are associated with students choosing vocational career paths over going to college, but training in technical careers can be attractive to potential employers. Students graduating high school can find skilled labor jobs to have an income during college, while they attempt to pursue other career options, or they can decide to continue working in a technical career. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 72.7 percent of graduating high school students, over 2 million each year, are looking for jobs. High school students who are hoping to st and out to potential employers should look at opportunities in local high schools for vocational training.
I recently came to Columbus to enjoy time with family white water rafting. Whenever I'm in the area, I like to visit Up Town Pawn Shop in Phenix City.
I was very disappointed with the changes that are being made to streets in this area. Although I understand that changes are a necessary evil, I hope that with these changes the best interests of small business owners are being put first. Please remember that businesses like Up Town Pawn are a staple to local communities at it's best and without them, the local area would decline and your unemployment would be even greater