Matter of Opinion

  • Red flags often ignored

    It’s one of the most hotly debated topics of our time and it dominates the national conversation in the wake of nearly every mass shooting. So it’s no surprise that in a period of just about one week where we saw at least four multiple shootings (yes, I’m counting Chicago) that left more than three dozen people dead, gun control is again  in the spotlight.
    This time however, there seems to be a bit more momentum on some fronts, most notably on the issue of Red Flag laws. Many see that as a positive. Some see it as dangerous. I see it as both.

  • All the children of the world

    This world ain’t so big. Oh, it can be a long way from one place to another, and there are cities and countries we will probably never get to visit. But on Sunday night, I was reminded that there’s something that draws us closer together. A common faith.
    I sat in the crowd Sunday night and watched little children remind us all, that regardless of where we call home, what language we speak, or what color our skin is – we are all united.

  • There is a border crisis

    Earlier this year, President Trump and Congress were embroiled in a bitter budget showdown that hinged over some modest funding for a border wall. Trump called the border situation a crisis, and his Democratic opponents mocked such an assertion.
    Fast forward to this week, and Democrats are suggesting there’s a crisis at the border. Some, like New York Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, even compared the crisis to Nazi concentration camps. She was quickly and correctly chastised for such a heartless comparison.

  • Remembering D-Day

    Most of us have experienced fear. We fear getting results from the doctor. We fear opening the bills. We fear the phone that rings at 2 a.m.
    Those moments that cause our hearts to race and our faces to go flush are generally not as bad as they seem. We get through them, even the ones that require a long-term struggle or effort.

  • Watching history crumble


  • Baseball and life

    Any baseball is beautiful.
    No other small package comes as close to the ideal design and utility.
    It is a perfect object for a man’s hand. Pick it up and it instantly suggests its purpose; it is meant to be thrown a considerable distance, thrown hard and with precision.
    -Roger Angell, Americn essayist

    I learned to play catch with a tennis ball and the side of my house. When we moved to another house with a gradually sloped roof, I practiced catching fly balls as the ball would bounce off the gutter.

  • Free Speech Matters

    One of the most important bills to pass out of Frankfort and make it to the governor’s desk for his signature this past session, was HB 254 which eliminates free speech zones on publicly funded colleges and universities.
    At first read, you may think that eliminating a free speech zone runs counter to encouraging the free exchange of ideas and opinions. Actually, the free speech zones were enacted to curtail free speech and to control the flow of thought and philosophies by relegating “controversial” issues and topics to limited spaces.

  • 2nd Amendment is clear

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. - The Second Amendment.
    Words matter. Our founders understood that when they gathered to pen our Constitution which codified into  writing the liberties they said were endowed by our creator, and provide a detailed outline as to how our new Constitutional Republic would work.

  • The NFL Kneelers lost

    For a while, it was the most burning controversy in sports. It was bigger than Magic vs. Bird. It was bigger than whether the designated hitter is good for baseball. It was even bigger than Cats vs. Cards. It was SJW vs. USA.
    For those unaware (or in today’s venacular, for those who are not “woke”) SJW stands for Social Justice Warriors. These are self-righteous individuals who think the cause they happen to champion supercedes your opinion and your voice.  

  • Righting a wrong takes time

    In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea
    With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.
    As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
    While God is marching on.