- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Scott City council hires former SEMO public safety director as city administrator (11/15/17)
Prayers guide us better than common sense
To the editor:
A friend sent me a letter sent to your paper from an intelligent fellow with an amusing style lamenting the death of common sense. This letter got a spot on the editorial page of an out-of-state paper. It seemed to be a complaining about the failure of ethics in the United States. What is common sense? How is it achieved?
For me, a better way comes from James 1:5: "If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask God for it." I keep asking, for I find common sense needs ongoing tempering by God.
A professor in a logic class gave a test on to see if students could use common sense before studying the subject. Ninety percent failed.
As for those who think President Bush's war decisions lack common sense, maybe he didn't pray for wisdom. Maybe we who elected him failed likewise. Who can say they prayed for those in government making these dire decisions? Realizing this may sting the ego, but not as much as desert sand blowing in the wind.