en A reversal <p> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;I&rsquo;m old enough to remember when there were organizations that smuggled Bibles into the Soviet Union.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The Communist Party was officially atheist. As it was the only political party allowed, that meant the government was officially atheist. All but a tiny number of churches were closed and a number were dynamited. The Moscow Stretenskiy Monastery, for example, once had four churches. Now it has only one. Three of them were dynamited and the fourth was used as a barracks for the Soviet secret police.<br /> Pope Francis again offers new hope <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We are living in a time when there&rsquo;s a remarkable presence in the world, a person doing more than anyone else to speak up for peace, love, mercy, and reconciliation.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The world is always a troubled place, and that&rsquo;s because too many people pursue their dreams of greed and avarice. Good and evil are always in a battle on this planet, but which one is which is not as easy to discern as some people think.<br /> The United States of Shame? <p> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;I recently heard a fellow named Tim Henderson, who directs Blue Ridge Fellows, a Christian leadership development program, make an interesting statement. Henderson spent 20 years working with Campus Crusade for Christ.<br /> Military base in Okinawa should close <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nothing illustrates better the need to close many U.S. military bases around the world than the decades-long controversy over the American naval base in Okinawa, Japan.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Earlier this month, a 24-year-old American sailor was indicted for the alleged rape of a Japanese tourist, who was attacked while unconscious in a hotel room.<br /> The pains of tax season call for a new tax code There are very few certainties in life. One of those, however, is that Tax Day comes around each year. By the time the April 18<sup>th</sup> deadline passes to submit 2015 tax returns, millions of Americans will have experienced our broken tax code firsthand yet again. A very appropriate quote by an unknown author sums up the feelings of many during tax season: &ldquo;People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women.&rdquo;&nbsp;</font></font></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 0.07in"> &nbsp;</p> Cooperation between local, state, and federal government better serves the people By Congressman Robert Hurt</font></font></p> Trump is as much of a fool as Obama <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Donald Trump spent months declaring that he&rsquo;s going to make America great again, without telling us much about how he intends to accomplish this. I don&rsquo;t think this has been part of an effort to conceal anything. I&rsquo;m sure Mr. Trump doesn&rsquo;t know, himself, what he will do.<br /> The absolute absurdity of Trump’s campaign <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As this was written, it looked as though Donald Trump might lose the Wisconsin primary to Ted Cruz, thereby giving some hope to the &ldquo;Never Trump&rdquo; forces in the Republican Party.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Regardless of what happened, the stop-Trump effort may well be too little, too late. The party could indeed be on the way to the most idiotic decision it&rsquo;s made in its recently troubled history.<br />