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A collection of editorials written by Website Editor Jim Powers

Broken people are harder to fix

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Like most teenage boys in the 1960s, I was obsessed with cars. And, like most teenage boys in the 1960s, I didn’t have much money. Unlike today, though, a broke teenager could buy a running used car for a few hundred dollars. Cars were not as durable then, a...

Wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. “When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.” Attributed to the writer Sinclair Lewis “I’m a Christian. How many Christians do we have here? See, I also call myself a Christian nationalist and that’s not a bad word. That...

Moral intuition and the Internet troll

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one." Marcus Aurelius  Moral intuitions are beliefs that we hold that are strong, stable, and immediate. In common parlance, we know when something is right or wrong when we see it. It’s our imme...

What is God?

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Did you wonder when you read the headline on this column if my spelling correction software had gone wonky. Surely, I meant to ask Who is God?  But if I use the pronoun “who” in reference to God, I’m anthropomorphizing an entity that in no way resembles...

Things as they are

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The Man with the Blue Guitar The man bent over his guitar,A shearsman of sorts. The day was green. They said, "You have a blue guitar,You do not play things as they are." The man replied, "Things as they areAre changed upon the blue guitar." And they said th...

They want you to lose hope

By Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I was looking today at polling indicating that young adults in the U.S. are losing hope. They are losing hope politically, economically, and culturally. They are watching their rights being taken away and their country being torn apart by old white men, incr...

What if we are wrong?

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. “When I think back on all the crap I learned in high schoolIt's a wonder I can think at allAnd though my lack of education hasn't hurt me noneI can read the writing on the wall KodachromeThey give us those nice bright colorsGive us the greens of summersMakes...

TANSTAAFL

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A lot of my spare time as a young person growing up in the 1950s and 1960s was occupied with reading science fiction books. It was an amazing time when it was possible to imagine that the future could be like the SF books suggested, filled with yet unimagined wonders resulting in unlimited social equality a...

Is it real or is it LaMDA AI, and does it really matter?

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. In the 1984 movie Terminator, Skynet (artificial neural network-based conscious group mind and artificial general superintelligence system) becomes self-aware on August 29, 1997, at 2:30 a.m. EDT. It launches nuclear missiles at Russia, to try and provo...

When there is no middle ground

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. “Through measured debate, facts, moderate tones and actual discussion, problems can be solved.” Tony Farkas I disagree with this statement, and I doubt that measured debate, facts, moderate tones, and actual discussion can resolve that disagreement. The word...

America, love it or leave it?

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. As the Vietnam war escalated during the 1960s, and the money and weapons we first sent into the war there turned into an ever-growing mountain of bodies of American young men, the number of very large and loud protests by the American public fed up with the ...

Sex, gender, and why we shouldn’t care

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We all like a story about the triumph of good over evil. A favorite trope is the story of a schoolyard bully who someone finally finds the courage to punch in the face, the bully collapsing in tears. “He cried like a little girl,” we tell our friends. What d...

The value of a human life

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. “I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.” Attributed to Banksy "Someday soon, perhaps in forty years, there will be no one alive who has eve...

A Dangerous Inconsistency

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This column isn’t specifically about abortion. But I’m going to frame it with an example from the current abortion debate. If you believe that human life begins at conception, and that a fertilized egg is a person, then you are right to believe that abortion...

Tales from the precipice – politics of outrage

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To D_ Dead by Her Own Hand My dear, I wonder if before the endYou ever thought about a children’s game—I’m sure you must have played it too—in whichYou ran along a narrow garden wallPretending it to be a mountain ledgeSo steep a snowy darkness fell awayOn ei...

Guns…Again

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Here we are again. A bullied kid turns into an angry teen who buys a couple of guns on his 18th birthday and takes out his frustration on children in an elementary school. And with a mid-term election fast approaching, politician’s outrage is raising to...

Do not put faith in men

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "To the members of the survivor community, we are grieved by the findings of this investigation. We are committed to doing all we can to prevent future instances of sexual abuse in churches, to improve our response and our care, to remove reporting roadblock...

The Most Dangerous Word

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. While prose is my preferred form of written expression, I’ve also dabbled over the years in poetry. Once we develop an obsession with words, writers are always looking for new ways to play with words, it seems. I write in a form of poetry called unrhymed ver...

We’re from the government, and strongly support public schools

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A long time ago (1991-1995), in a Texas far, far away from what it is now, there was a Governor named Ann Richards. She holds the distinction of being the last woman governor, and the last Democrat governor, of the state. You’ll also not be surprised that sh...

The Political Perversion of Christianity

by Jim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Every time I advocate a pro-choice position on abortion, I inevitably get branded an atheist by someone who has confused politics with religion.  Usually the person “explains” to me that abortion is wrong because God (pick your flavor of God) breathes t...