January 2, 2014 |
WACO, Texas - Maybe it was fate that drew Shawn Oakman to Baylor, a school built on the promise of redemption, one whose athletic program itself has undergone a conversion as dramatic as any sinner's. "When I got here," said Oakman, gazing at the endless Central Texas horizon, "I had a lot of growing up to do. " Twenty-one months ago, the Penn Wood High graduate, a large and highly touted freshman lineman, was booted off Penn State's football team. His GPA was low, his penchant for trouble high.
November 5, 2002
COLUMNIST Myrna Shure (Oct. 23) says spanking doesn't work and sends the wrong message. I disagree. Hard spanking and abusiveness, I concur, send the wrong message. But light spanking coupled with meaningful punishment can benefit the child. Our children are best served by light spanking coupled with positive reinforcement, and tough love. Those actions are considered by some to be the best method of behavior-molding and modification. There are times in a child's life when he or she will benefit from the knowledge of aggressive behavior - when and when not to use it. I don't think there is anything wrong with a child who can identify with anger.
April 8, 2007 |
Good morning. Today's assigned reading comes from the Epistle to the Ephesians, chapter 4, and verse 25 through chapter 5:225 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not make room for the devil. 28 Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.
March 25, 2000 |
His name is Larry, and the other day, he read a column of mine that made him laugh. This seems to strike him as a minor miracle. "Before reading your column," he writes, "it is standard procedure for me to ... brace myself in case the angry black man side of you is aroused. ... "I am a white, middle-class, Southerner, baby boomer. Because most of the black man's problems appear to be blamed on me and my contemporaries or my ancestors, I tend to read many of your columns with a defensive posture.
August 9, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I was recently offered a job that pays substantially more than I make now. I'm overqualified but generally happy where I am. I wasn't looking; the offer fell in my lap. Though tempting in some ways - well, just financially, since we could really use the money right now - the thought of accepting the new job made me miserable. After much soul-searching and discussion with my husband, I turned it down. He is now livid, so seething angry that, months later, we still can't have a civil discussion about it. There are lots of under-the-breath comments and bitter, sarcastic remarks about my choosing my personal happiness over helping our family.
June 11, 2016 |
He was a Sudanese refugee, suffering from post-traumatic stress order, his attorney told the jurors, and he never intended to fatally attack his co-worker. But in its closing argument, the prosecution countered that Peter Jok Atem, 34, "had specific intent" to kill Danny Vasquez, 25, at a Franconia, Montgomery County, meat-packing plant with a 41/2-inch butterfly knife on a frigid day in February 2015. The Montgomery County Court jury in the first-degree murder trial before Judge Gail A. Weilheimer deliberated for less than an hour late Thursday before recessing until Friday morning.
February 7, 2012 |
Question: Am I crazy to still be friends with my ex-wife? We split up five years ago after she had an affair with the man she is married to now. We had been married 15 years and had three kids, now ages 21 to 15. I let go of any anger I had and forgave her several years ago. Now we are friends and text from time to time, and have lunch to talk about life, work, and the kids. There is nothing sexual happening. She is just a friend I have known for 21 years. All my divorced friends think I am crazy and can't really be happy unless I put her out of my life.
August 8, 2004 |
"You are ignorant. " "In addition to being ignorant . . . you are despicable. " "Dullards shouldn't be writing columns for major newspapers. " "I'm sure you and Tony Auth have a grand old time in bed together every night. " "I understand your conservative bias, but I don't understand your failure to grasp basic English. Slovenly?" "You are a child of your generation: i.e., the most overprotected, irresponsible, self-indulgent, self-absorbed generation in the history of the planet.
May 22, 1994 |
It would be easy for me to make light of the study that dubbed Philadelphia "Hostile Capital of the U.S.A.," not to take its claims seriously, to allow myself to be amused. I would be amused if studies of this sort, written by "experts" weren't reduced to damaging sound bites, which get flung all over the country by the media and which become lodged in the brains of typical Americans as truths. Philadelphia, Hostile Capital of the U.S.A., for one. No wonder the mayor was upset.
March 4, 2016 |
Why did Bernie Sanders fail? Sanders continues his campaign after his Super Tuesday losses, but he has no real chance of wresting the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton. The socialist insurgent went further than most thought possible, drawing huge crowds, amassing vast sums, and forcing Clinton to adopt more populist positions. But the Sanders challenge was doomed by a fatal flaw: Democrats aren't as unhappy as he needed them to be. It is an article of faith this year that voters are angry.