• Byerley: The gift of generosity

    ‘Tis the season to give generously. Beyond our own families and friends, we have the opportunity year-round to give generously to our communities, neighbors and causes we believe in.  
    So many have become accustomed to social safety nets like SNAP, WIC, Social Security and Medicare. We don’t have a choice of how our tax dollars are being allocated to these programs, and much of the money is caught up in red tape, administrative costs and bureaucracy.  

  • Byerley: Opinions and free speech

    What is an opinion column? It is written in the context of the author’s viewpoint, meant to present one side of an argument or a worldview.  
    I was hired by this newspaper to give my opinion from the right side of the political aisle. An opinion column is also an exercise of free speech, protected by our U.S. Constitution. Furthermore, an opinion column is written to reach an audience and hopefully to sell more newspapers.  

  • Fabyanic: Giving thanks

    Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. The reason lies in its simplicity: The day is not laden with fervor. Rather, it is premised on a simple construct: Offering gratitude.
    My friend Amy Collette wrote a book titled “The Gratitude Connection.” One of the beauties of Amy’s work lies in its simplicity. It’s not a verbose treatise, but an easy, gentle, thoughtful exercise into the practice of giving thanks.

  • Fabyanic: By their fruits

    “Hate your neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace.”

    “Eve of Destruction” – P. F. Sloan, sung by Barry McGuire

    From the gospels, we can glean a measure of what Jesus purportedly said. Much of it is good such as his “Blessed are” Beatitudes and counsel, “Sell that thou hast and give to the poor.” (Matt 19:21 KJV)

    Love for and treatment of fellow humans was important for Jesus. “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” he said. (Matt 22:39 KJV)

  • Byerley: Thanks to our veterans

    Thanks to our veterans, all citizens of the United States continue to enjoy our constitutionally protected freedoms. We owe them a deep debt of gratitude and appreciation.

    Veterans are our neighbors, friends, and family members. I wish to thank all of them for their service to our country. Veterans Day was officially on Sunday, and some had the privilege of taking off work and school on Monday to honor our veterans.

    It takes a special kind of person to serve in our armed forces. Some never saw action in combat, while others may have seen too much.

  • Byerley: The view over the horizon

    The view just over the horizon is that of a majestic peak, capped with a blanket of snow. The lodgepoles bobbing back and forth in the gusty wind briefly give a glimpse of the mountaintop splendor.  
    Snow crystals burst into sudden wisps of angel-like wing patterns as they blow near the window, taunting me to go outside and taste their icy deliciousness on the tip of my tongue. Meanwhile the sun casts a golden glow through the trees, catching the flakes with rays of light, diamonds on the hillside.

  • Fabyanic: Dehumanizing others

    In “The Prince,” Niccolo Machiavelli wrote, “In the actions of all men, and especially of princes, which it is not prudent to challenge, one judges by the result.”
    It’s from that passage “the end justifies the means” was birthed. Only results matter. As the now-departed managing partner of the Oakland Raiders Al Davis put it, “Just win, baby, just win.”

  • Community voice: Felony summons a better path to justice

    Bruce Brown

  • Fabyanic: Trust relationships, virtue

    Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard states, “Glass, China, and Reputation are easily crack’d, and never well mended.” Yes, we concur, but why is that so? What constitutes a good reputation? Ever had an enduring, fulfilling relationship with one with a bad reputation?
    When is the last time you heard a public official unequivocally state, “It was my fault; I take full responsibility”? When’s the last time you heard anyone say it? When’s the last time you said it?

  • Byerley: Social justice warriors vs. true warriors

    Nicole Byerley

    Self-proclaimed “social justice warriors” (SJWs) have nothing in common with true warriors and heroes. They tend to be angry, pimple-faced beta males and equally angry, on-the-verge-of-a-mental-breakdown girls.