Opinion Archive

JIM CREES: We’re Number 23!!!

JIM CREES: We’re Number 23!!!

Everybody grab one of those over-sized foam fingers. Now slip it over your hand, raise it on high, and repeat after me: “WE’RE NUMBER 23! WE’RE NUMBER 23! WE’RE NUMBER 23! We, as Americans, always seem to get really excited when we come up Number 1 (usually at some sporting event) but we don’t get […]

JIM CREES: Those folks? Or us folks?

JIM CREES: Those folks? Or us folks?

In what has become pretty much a run-of-the-mill example of hypocrisy, a acquaintance of mine recently pointed out an interesting article in the newspaper. It seems an Iranian-born Stanford University professor, Mariam Mirzakhani, has become the first woman ever to win one of the most (if not THE most) prestigious awards for work in the […]

DUANE COSTELLO: Faith and works

DUANE COSTELLO: Faith and works

The bible says in James 2:14-26 (NLT): What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15) Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16) and you say, “Good-bye and have a […]

JIM CREES: Soon. Not yet, but soon.

JIM CREES: Soon. Not yet, but soon.

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus Last week, I mentioned to a friend that before we knew it leaves would be turning color and summer would be coming to an end. Then, I occasioned to drive to Reed City and, lo and behold, there were a couple trees […]

WHITNEY: Passing on advice to my daughter

WHITNEY: Passing on advice to my daughter

We pass on a lot of things to our children — our oddly shaped noses, our boisterous laughs, maybe an heirloom or two. But when we’re doing things right, we should be passing along those all-important, hard-learned life lessons, right? We’re supposed to sandwich these big, bold lessons with phrases like “Listen, I’m here to tell […]