March 9, 2004 Question civilization Dear Editor: As I was watching the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in the movie "The Passion of the Christ" by Mel Gibson, I kept wondering how anyone could be so barbaric.

Sex and marriage

March 5, 2004 Same-sex marriage is before us, so we'd better start giving it some thought.

Let freedom ring

March 5, 2004 To be free or not to be. Isn't that the question? At what point did we give the office of the President of the United States so much power he believes he can decide who we can and cannot marry?

Ripping them apart

March 4, 2004 Spending time in numerous school consolidation meetings at various campuses recently has given me even more concern for the lives of people in these communities that are being torn up.

Weight loss and IRS

March 2, 2004 Two news stories came over The Associated Press wire Monday afternoon: New survey shows Americans have super-sized bodies and IRS allows tax deduction for costly, doctor-recommended weight-loss tre