Guest Columns

George Bowers Sr.: Blood is currency of liberty

George Bowers Sr.

May 27, 2016

On Monday, we celebrate summer’s unofficial beginning with Memorial Day. While families picnic and relax, it’s a great time to pause and do what this holiday was created for: remembering.

George Bowers Sr.: Selling the homeplace

George Bowers Sr.

May 13, 2016

About a year ago, the Bowers Homeplace that Dad and Mom built in the 1960s was sold to new owners. The new occupants are taking great care of the property and making changes to make it their own. It’s a blessing to see someone enjoying a home that was special to us for so long. I pray they have as much happiness there as we did over the years.

Bonner Day: I have two mothers

Bonner Day

May 6, 2016

As Mother’s Day approaches in the valley, I realized that I have two mothers. Both are deceased but there is hardly a day I don’t think of them.

George Bowers Sr.: ‘Behold thy mother’

George Bowers Sr.

May 6, 2016

As Jesus was dying on the cross, he used some of his very last breath to arrange for the care of his mother. In John 19:47, He told John, “Behold thy mother.” Although it was a specific directive for John to assume responsibility for Mary, these words of Jesus are good advice for us this Mother’s Day. Let us take a few minutes to behold our moms.

Sandy Schwalb: ‘Merry’ May can be quite a month


May 1, 2016

I have a love-hate relationship with the month of May. It can be beautiful, the winter is a distant memory (we hope), the days are getting longer and my sport of choice – baseball – is in full swing! But, alas, it has not always been perfect for me.