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Let’s take this drug off our streets

February 14, 2013

Michelle Berry, A Fresh Perspective
Last week’s Borger City Council meeting turned out to be more of an educational experience than I expected. It opened my eyes to new information of which I wasn’t aware, and made me want to do all I can to help a particular cause.
In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, this new information came to light during the public forum time of the meeting when local citizen and mom April Gibbs spoke to the council about almost losing her son after he attempted to take his own life while under the influence of a drug known as K2.

Why is our president bypassing Congress?

January 18, 2013

Michelle Berry, A Fresh Perspective
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama laid out his plans to curb gun violence.
These plans include 23 different executive orders that he plans to enforce. These are orders that he can put into effect that will bypass Congress completely. Among the orders are as follows:
•Issuing a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system
•Improving incentives for the states to share information with the federal background check system

Real-life Financial Tips for Different Generations

January 14, 2013

Diana Jack and Stephen Horst, Ameriprise Financial Advisors

Do you remember The Game of Life®? In Milton Bradley’s popular board game, players progress through life stages, making decisions that affect their prosperity. Like those players, today’s generations face financial decisions with lasting effects. Here are some tips for staying focused despite life’s ups and downs.

Generation Z (teens to early 20s):


January 14, 2013

Jody Wilson, Jody's Journal
I snuggled down in the recliner, my Bible, The Upper Room and Jesus Calling rested in my lap.
And our awesome Papa was in the chair beside me, a meaningful way to begin the new day.
We were up but the sun was not.
The coffee was hot and my heart was warm.
The New Year, only three days old, stretched before me.
Genesis and the story of Isaac filled my mind. Grieving the death of his mother, Rebecca walked into his heart and his tent and he was comforted.
Then he buried his righteous father and Isaac began the struggle to make his way in life.

Financial Healthiness

January 14, 2013

Megan Parr, Hutchinson County Extension Agent
A new year typically brings a fresh start.
Many people set resolutions, or goals, to reach for the year. Typically, these goals consist of weight loss, exercise, quit smoking, or just being healthy.
How many people think of their finances when they think about being healthy? Not many!
Your finances are a part of your overall health. Think about it. When your finances are in a good place, you tend to be generally happier and less stressed.

The stories that grabbed headlines in 2012 (at least according to me)

January 8, 2013

Michelle Berry, A Fresh Perspective
Even though 2013 is now upon us, memories of what happened in 2012 still run deep.
I got to thinking about it, and there were three different headlines that grabbed my attention in 2012, all for different reasons, of course.

New Year’s Ruminations

January 8, 2013

Mark Elliott, Wonder As I Wander

Can money buy happiness?

November 30, 2012

Mikala Reiswig, Glass Half Full
With two winners being recently announced for the $500 million Powerball jackpot, many people are dreaming about what they would do with that kind of money.
Selfishly, I know that I could find plenty of uses for that large sum of cash. Would it make me any happier than I am now? I doubt it.
The odds of winning such a large jackpot are 1 in 175 million.
Others who have won large sums of money are over-the-moon happy for a little while, but that wears off fairly quickly.
They still have the same outlook on life no matter how many things they buy.

An honorary turtle

November 29, 2012

Tara Richelle Hopkins, Thinking Too Much
Recently I was made a honorary turtle. Interesting, right?
At first I had no clue what it meant, until my fiancé’s best friend (also my friend) fully informed me exactly what it is and made me a turtle.
The Ancient and Honorable Turtles or “Turtles International Association”, started as an informal “drinking club” between World War II pilots, self-described as “an honorable drinking fraternity composed of ladies and gentlemen of the highest morals and good character, who are never vulgar.”

A week of thanks - Part 1

November 14, 2012

Michelle Berry, Faiththoughts
It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is a week away now. It got me to thinking about the different ways God has blessed my life, and I am truly thankful for His continued provision.


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