Madison Press- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:58:41 EST 1800 Riding the beautiful Yukon I had several folks approach me this week and tell me they thought I was in Alaska. Actually, I was, but returned home, then went back to ride most recently in the Yukon. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:43:07 EST What did the bugs do before I came? The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly finally exercised our right to a vacation and planned for a whole week to spend with our son and his family. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:48:11 EST It’s marching band season I own approximately 4,576,124 T-shirts — many of which date back to high school because a customized T-shirt was how we marked every occasion during our teenage years. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:00:20 EST God is a mystery When we read the Old Testament, we get a picture of God as judgmental and vengeful. He orders whole cities to be destroyed and the people to be put to death. The prophets remind the people that this is because of their sins that God punishes them. The... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:31:11 EST Take a trip in our time machine A few weeks ago, Tom Hughes of Hillsboro dropped off a bundle of old newspapers for me with a note reading, “If not interested, take to the library.”The library will have to do without. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:20:09 EST 100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller Aug. 28, 1914Madison County Democrat — Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Baer attended the Baer family reunion at Newark on Thursday. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:31:22 EST I love to watch new painters There is much to be learned by watching a new painter first explore a few colors and then their canvas. They may be used to a pen or pencil but a small brush, that's another matter. It is an entirely new world for them. I see both anxiety and... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:31:20 EST Addressing infant mortality in Ohio According to humanitarian organization Save the Children, the United States has the highest first-day death rate for infants among industrialized countries — more than 11,000 babies die within 24 hours of their birth each year. It's... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:31:13 EST Treating opiate addiction in Ohio communities Addiction to opioids, like prescription painkillers and heroin, has increased significantly in the past few years, devastating communities across Ohio — rural, suburban, and urban. In 2012, a record 1,914 Ohioans died from accidental drug... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:06:05 EST Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:01:32 EST Celebrate summer’s end with family, friends and food Think Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, July 4 — these holidays all come with memorable meals for my family. Many are at our house. We have room for everybody. The kids, grandkids and I coordinate the “groaning board” and have more... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:43:06 EST When good fruit goes bad When I hear about a recall involving fresh produce, how can I find out if the fruits and vegetables in my refrigerator are affected? If I buy organic produce, am I safe? Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:31:09 EST There were a total of 107 people at the reunion On Sunday evening Daniel, Julia, and I, along with some other relatives, visited my grandparents. We laughed and cheered as we watched the children try out their “train.” Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:19:08 EST It was a shoofly pie celebration weekend People ask me questions all the time. Some of those questions I can answer, some I cannot answer and some I will not answer. I wish people would ask me questions I could answer and look good about it. However, it never happens. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:43:09 EST Your pastor is on the front line It's very easy to be a “Monday Morning Quarterback.” Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:10:13 EST The false promise of fame and fortune When Robin Williams died last week, apparently by his own hand, it shocked everyone. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:41:12 EST Across Ohio, good stories are not hard to find Turn on the news or open a paper and it seems as though the world is falling apart. From gridlock in Washington to chaos in the Middle East to war and tragedy in eastern Ukraine, bad news dominates the airwaves. But I am privileged in my job as your... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:22:06 EST Secret flower gardens most of us miss Who would grow a garden in so many common places and so many at one time that they are often missed? Who grows gardens in a stump of a fallen tree? Who in the world would spread so many flowers along the creeks and rivers where no one lives? Why do... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:59:11 EST 100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller Aug. 21, 1914Madison County Democrat — No news from this date. The following appeared in the June 17, 1874 edition. A petition is being circulated and numerally signed for extending the... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:31:25 EST The Ice Bucket Challenge Doris was the first patient I really became attached to and then had to watch die. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:30:10 EST