It’s time to pen a column

For quite some time, I have been mulling the idea of beginning my own column where I can spill what’s on my mind or just make a few comments about what is happening in and around our fair city. I guess it is kind of a newspaper thing that everybody is supposed to do’especially if you have the title of editor after your name. That is what editorials are all about, isn’t it’ Now that I feel like I am really becoming a full-fledged newspaper man, it seems like I always am coming up with new things to talk about. Most of them end up as feature stories or the like, but a lot of the ideas don’t lend themselves to random placement in a newspaper. The answer to this dilemma’a column. I have no idea whether I’ll be any good at it. Shoot, people win awards for these things that have such cute little names. I am sure it takes talent to write something that is informative yet entertaining and interesting to read, and who knows if I’ll succeed. I guess only you can be the judge of that. As far as the catchy little name goes, Bits ‘n’ Pieces is hard to beat and Holly’s Follies is pretty good as well. I have a few ideas kicking around in my head, and I’ll try and have it for you the next time around. So until then, here’s a little slice of life from the editor’s office. H A friend came into my office first thing Monday morning and plopped down this piece of paper. He looked rather perplexed, and I could tell a lot was on his mind. On the paper was written several paragraphs which he politely asked me to read. After finishing my Monday a.m. duties, I sat down at my desk and read this little letter. It struck me as something familiar yet quite profound. It makes good sense and I think it is a respectable way to kick off my career of column writing. The piece of paper went like this: Yesterday’s Sunday School lesson was from the book “O Say Can You See” by Rev. James W. Moore. The chapter was titled “The Answer for America.” I would like to quote one of the parables he used in that chapter. “Once upon a time, there was a little boy with a bad temper. He would lose his temper and say or do cruel things to his friends and even to members of his own family. His father became concerned about this and decided that he should teach him a lesson. His father gave the boy a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he was to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails in the back fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He was so proud! He told his father about it, and the father suggested the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. He said: You have done well, my son, but look at all the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things or do things that are mean or cruel, they leave a scar behind. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. You can say you’re sorry, and you can be forgiven, but the wound is still there; the scar is still there.” There have been many nails driven in the “fence” here in Brady for many years now and there are many scars by those on both sides of each issue. The elections are almost over and after the runoff the people will have spoken. In my opinion it is time to begin “pulling nails” for each of us on both sides of the fence. Rev. Moore made the point in the final chapter of his book that the answer to America’s problem was for her to get back to living by the laws of God’to living in obedience to the Ten Commandments. He outlined the Ten Commandments in three basic groupings: Loyalty to God, loyalty to the family, and loyalty to others. He said it this way: (1) The first four commandments call for loyalty to God. No other gods, no graven images, no taking the Lord’s name in vain and remember the Sabbath to keep it holy. (2) Commandments five and seven call for loyalty to the family. Honor your parents and be faithful in marriage. (3) The other four commandments, six, eight, nine and ten, call for loyalty to other people. Don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t covet. This chapter in this book has had a tremendous impact on my thinking and in my heart. I feel that I not only need to pull “nails,” but hopefully this parable will help each of us see our own part in the “wounding of Brady” and we can now come together and help our community to heal. Even God can’t change the past. He can heal and forgive but not change what has already happened. It is my prayer that we can truly start anew in the life of our community. Now that two thirds of the election is over, let’s kick this little prayer into gear a bit early. Why wait another day. Brady sure could use a new breath of fresh air so let’s see what each of us can do to help. ‘J.S.

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