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I had the privilege of spending three weekends in a row with my 2-month-old granddaughter. She lives 10 hours away, so that time was precious to this new grandma.
I look at my life and in terms of an average lifespan, I’m on the downward side (with the Lord guiding that). Things going on in this world are scary, but I know I’m almost done with them. My granddaughter, on the other hand, has her whole life ahead of her.
I’ve received a couple of comments lately that I tend to run on the conservative side in this paper; well, yes I do, and that isn’t likely to change much. I feel that a Christian, conservative lifestyle is under attack today with society moving to what I saw on television in the ‘60s. That is peace, love, live and let live with no boundaries on what is off limits.
So I just shake my head now, shed my personal tears and watch sick-minded individuals shatter the lives of students, families and communities while the live-and-let-live generation shake their fists and ask for more laws to control society – laws that take our Second Amendment rights away but give them greater ability to live outside of the confines of our Christian heritage.
I was speaking with a friend of mine the other day about a comparison heard between those appreciating gun rights versus what occurred in Nazi Germany. Sorry, folks, that doesn’t work.
What leaves me scratching my head is the fact that our country is so open to abortion. We cry over 17 people killed in a school massacre, as we should, but we don’t utter a word or drop a tear over unborn babies being killed before they can take their first breath.
That makes no sense. Don’t take my guns until we can look at all death equally.  Abortion is not birth control – it is murder, the same as pulling the trigger on 17 unarmed students and teachers who were senselessly mowed down by a madman who told people he was going to do it.
So, I held my precious granddaughter in my arms last weekend and prayed God would use her to accomplish great things.
Meanwhile, this grandma will continue to be conservative, Christian and stand for what I believe is right – not socially acceptable because society is quickly losing sight of what is acceptable.
The following is from an email sent to me by a friend:
Lord’s Prayer
By a 15-year-old school kid who got an A+ for this entry! The Lord’s Prayer is not allowed in most U.S. public schools any more. A kid in Minnesota wrote the following new school prayer:

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd
If scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is prohibited by the State.
We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They’ve outlawed guns, but first the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the “unwed daddy,” our Senior King.
It’s “inappropriate” to teach right from wrong.
We’re taught that such “judgment” do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.
It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot, My soul please take!

Meanwhile, keep your cards and letters coming!
Jackie Taylor
Linn County News publisher


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