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The beginning of a new year almost always causes us to reflect over the past. When I think back to my childhood growing up near Pittsburgh, I will never forget when the third TV station, NBC channel 11, was added to our lineup. Mom would call me home in the evening so I would not miss my favorite TV show by yelling, “It’s Howdy Doody time.” (Recording a missed TV show was not even dreamed of back then.)  As soon as Dad got home from work, we would gather as a family and eat dinner around the kitchen table.

Our house was modest by today’s standards. We had one TV, and it was  was the centerpiece of the living room. There were two bedrooms, one bathroom and one car, which Dad drove to work, and one yellow wall telephone. Of course, it was a party line. Our ring was one long and one short.

Fun weekend family time occurred whenever Dad carried four empty pop bottles to the local gas station-general store for a refund. He would return with two bottles of Pepsi and two bottles of chocolate pop and a big bag of potato chips. Mom would put a blanket down in front of the couch for my sister and me, and Mom and Dad would sit on the couch and we would watch TV together.

Do you remember being really sick and the doctor actually came to the house? You didn’t need any kind of insurance to pay him — cash would do if you had some on hand. How about the milkman bringing milk to the door? There was nothing quite like the record player I got for Christmas. You actually stacked big holed vinyl 45s on a post and the record player would drop them one at a time. Life seemed so simple back then.

I love to reminisce about the “good old days,” but I have to admit that some changes have made life today less painful and much more pleasant. I remember Dr. Jonas Salk and the polio vaccine that was developed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  I will be forever grateful that I lived in an age that put an end to the polio scourge. All of the new technology and progress in the medical field are indeed plusses.

Change seems to be inevitable, but a few changes have caused a coarsening of society. Some like to point to Dr. Spock and his “new” ideas about never spanking children as a reason for societal change. Many influential people agreed with Dr. Spock and told us that spankings could warp a child’s personality and damage her self-esteem.

And then there was Madeline Murray O’Hare. Her court case is single-handedly responsible for the removal of the Bible from the classroom. Prior to that, students used to take turns reading aloud from the Bible, then reciting the Lord’s Prayer in unison, and of course pledging the flag.

Owning guns is the next item up for radical change. Many liberal politicians and media personalities are spouting the need for the removal of guns from the home. Currently gun ownership is guaranteed to us by the Second Amendment so a change should require another amendment.

Our founding fathers knew that changes to our Constitution might be necessary, so they developed a very adequate but tedious way (Article V) to accomplish this. Since 1790 when Rhode Island became the 13th and final colony to ratify the Constitution, there have only been 27 changes made to it. The first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights, were added in 1791 to spell out what a strong central government could NOT do. Protecting the rights of the people and states were necessary conditions for ratification.

I was absolutely appalled to learn that Georgetown law professor Louis Michael Seidman has publically attacked the Constitution “as downright evil and the cause of many of the problems facing the US today.” When our young citizens are taught this kind of garbage by professors, they are expected to regurgitate those views on tests in order to get passing grades. After being heard often and long enough, the trash spouted by our esteemed teachers may become part of students’ belief systems.

Today the PC police do not want any public discussion of God to be allowed at school or in the work place. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee wondered, since God has been banished from our public schools, why are we surprised when a school tragedy occurs; why do we cry out to God questioning how He could allow such a thing to happen.

Oh, how much easier, slower and less complicated life seemed to be years ago. I guess country singer Tracy Lawrence was right when he sang, ”The only thing that stays the same is everything changes, everything changes.” But for me, there are two absolutes that will never diminish in importance: God will always be in control, and  our Constitution must remain the foundation of our government.

WILLEE COOPER is a former teacher and military spouse. A Hopkinsville resident, she is past president of the Kentucky Federation of Republican Women. Her column runs on the first and third Friday of each month. Reach her at

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Conservatives lashing out at Liberals who wish to abolish the Second Amendment should realize the fundamental fact that those particular type of Liberals are cut from the same cloth as the type of Fundamentalists who want to run the country based on the Old Testament. There are extremists on both sides of the fence and most Liberals dont fit the stereotype any more than conservatives. I for one uphold my 2nd Amendment rights with pride. I do find it ironic that in one breath Mrs. Cooper blasts certain teachings as garbadge while being offended at others for not wanting their children subjected on a daily basis, by authority figures, to a belief system that they do no perscribe to. I am of course referencing her reference to Madeline Murray O’Hare's struggle. "the trash spouted by our esteemed teachers may become part of students’ belief systems." Ironic double standards...
Furthermore Mike Huckabee's comments about the removal of God from the classroom are completely asinine. He attests that God is omnipotent but then suggests that God is subject to laws created by mortals. By this hypocritical logic he implies that 18 innocent children and 8 adults died because God was not allowed in the building? I have to turn our attention to Kimberly A. Scott who was shot and killed inside Juniata Valley Gospel Church in Frankstown Township PA merely one week later. Did this happen because God was removed from Church buildings? No. And 18 small children did not die at a school in CT because prayer was removed from public school. Statements like these are illogical, absurd, and downright offending. This world needs reason, logic, and common sense more than ever.

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