Guest Columns

George Bowers Sr. A tragedy averted

Nearly 32 years ago, a pregnant young woman visited a Woodstock physician for her first prenatal appointment. During that visit, the doctor encouraged her to abort the child because her “fetus” would be born paralyzed from the neck down. Crestfallen and distraught, this young lady had a ...

Guest column: God’s gift is eternal life

Wonderful? Marvelous? Glorious? What words could adequately describe the experience of yet another Christmas? Yes, Christmas; the celebration at his birth. Whose birth? God’s birth! God incarnate; the God-man! Yes, the God of the Bible, the one and only God who created all that exists, ...

George Bowers Sr. Historical statues and fallen humanity

The western United States has received a welcome reprieve from devastating firestorms that claimed many lives, destroyed thousands of properties, and cost billions of dollars. We should all pray that 2018 will be more kind to these areas and that life and homes will be spared. Meanwhile, we in ...

James Pinsky: Chill out on climate change

Well, hello 2018. We humans are a friendly bunch, so how about you stop giving us the cold shoulder. The recent cold spell throughout the nation has caught everyone's attention. It is winter, so I expect to wear a jacket from time to time… The unusually cold 2018 winter for we ...

Tom Crosby: 2017-18 Kia Forte SX hatchbacks add muscle to lineup

Kia’s 2017 Forte SX 5 hatchback added muscle to the popular compact sedan’s portfolio with a turbo-charged engine and on-road performance to handle twisty turns and curves confidently. Only minor changes have been made to the 2018 edition. This means discounts and negotiating options are ...

George Bowers Sr.: Our lives need expansion joints

As I reflect back over 2017, I am thankful for so many blessings God has dumped in my lap yet again. He has given me more air than I can breathe, more food than I can eat, more friends than I am worthy of, more love than I can return, and more grace than I deserve. Yes, this past year has ...

Jason Wright: While all tears look same, they fall with different names

It's hard to believe that Dec. 18 marked the 30th anniversary of my dad's death. I woke up early that day and made the drive from Woodstock to Monticello Memorial Park near Charlottesville. It's a stunning cemetery that rests in the shadows of Thomas Jefferson's similarly stunning home. There ...

Craig Murto: Remembering those we lost

Before we head into a new racing season, let’s take a moment to remember some of those in our sport who left us in 2017. Using journalist Chris Romano’s extensive, complete list of those in the sport we lost across the globe, I’ve listed only a small fraction. Ironically, the first two ...

George Bowers Sr. The watermark of the Bible

As we enjoy Christmas greetings, occasionally we’ll receive a piece of fine stationery with some type of faint image in the paper, known as a watermark. More recently, copyrighted web photos also have various watermarks that prevent them from being pirated without payment. As we celebrate ...

James Pinsky: Sustainability: a key weapon for freedom

Sustainability. Contrary to some opinions, it is a word spelled with a few more letters than four. Still, among some, the mere mention of the word inspires the use of some of the most colorful four-letter words we have in our language. I have always found resistance to sustainability ironic. ...

Tom Crosby: Toyota Avalon to get major upgrade in 2019

The last time Toyota’s flagship Avalon received a major redesign was in 2013 and after some annual tweaks, the Japanese automaker made no noticeable design changes to 2017 and 2018 editions. Instead, a major redo is scheduled for 2019 to boost sagging sales, meaning those who crave ...

Craig Murto: Racing in January? You bet!

The Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the Tulsa, Oklahoma  Expo Raceway isn’t the only open-wheel racing in January. In fact, it’s not too far to go see the Jan. 5-6 Indoor Auto Racing Series inside the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Three-Quarter  Midget races feature ...

James Pinsky: Earth: The original

The eighth "Star Wars" movie, "The Last Jedi," has debuted. The original "Star Wars" movie opened May 25, 1977.  It's hard to imagine anything being a big deal before the internet, but in 1977, the new space movie was a pretty big deal. I was just a bit north of 3 years old then, and I ...

Jason Wright: There is no such thing as a perfect Christmas

You know the scene, right? It's the perfect Christmas. There's snow falling and dancing in the air like Juilliard students. The house smells like the perfect blend of fresh rolls, gingerbread cookies, and perhaps some of your mother's famous fudge. The tree is comically huge and ...

Craig Murto: Busy time of year on motorsports

  Fans like to call this time of year the “off season,” but there truly is no off season in motorsports. A couple weeks ago the granddaddy of all pavement Late Model events took place at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, which celebrated the 50th running of the Snowball ...

George Bowers Sr. The same God who made burls made us!

I’m sure all of us have enjoyed the craftsmanship of a woodworker displayed in a finely turned bowl or candlestick holder. My brother Dale has an incredible gift to work with wood and regularly produces items of exquisite beauty from his hands and his lathe. I have been fortunate to be on ...

James Pinsky: The greatest column ever written

  News reports around the globe are confirming the rumors, our planet is finally healthy. For decades, people around the world including Christians, Muslims, atheists, capitalists, communists, socialists, vegetarians, hunters, pacifists, men, women and children have all in one form ...

George Bowers Sr. Ignored warnings at Pearl Harbor

This past spring, Nancy and I had the privilege of visiting the Hawaiian Islands and enjoyed the trip beyond words. As you know from a previous column, I baptized my cellphone but thoroughly enjoyed the waterfalls, the beaches, the flowers, the culture, and the food. One day, God willing, ...

James Pinsky: The buzz of agriculture

  Despite what Shakespeare wrote, to bee or not to bee was never the question, at least not to farmers. If you want to eat things like apples, nuts, broccoli, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, celery, squash, cucumbers, citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, ...

George Bowers Sr. The greatest birth on planet Earth

Now that Thanksgiving leftovers occupy our refrigerators, our thoughts turn from orange and brown to red and green and from Plymouth Rock to Bethlehem. In just one month, we will be celebrating the birth of the Messiah. Christmas Day is the highlight of the year for many families, children, ...