Sulphur Times-Democrat

by Congressman Tom Cole
Often when faced with heartbreaking circumstances or when tested by crisis, Americans come together to lend support and offer sympathyto their fellow Americans. That spirit of unity was recently demonstrated nationwide in the wake and aftermath of the deadly, racially-charged attack on church members at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Since that fateful day that claimed nine innocent lives at the historically black church’s Wednesday night Bible study, our country has come together in shock and extreme sorrow. Most notably, both the church members who survived the massacre and loved ones of those taken have instructed us through their unbelievable example to reject hate with love and forgiveness. This unlikely and unexpected testimony is one that reflects strength in faith.

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By Jamie Petitti
Last week I received the nicest book through the mail. It is hard back and about the size of a regular magazine. I took time to look inside and it had the words of “ The Star Spangled Banner” with a beautiful picture to illustrate the words. It was so fascinating as well as beautiful - and touching - so I sang along with each page - I was glad to have the printed words. I really can’t remember the last time I sang our National Anthem - and embarrassed to have to look down for some of those meaningful words! But think - when have you ever heard this song played or when have you sung it last? That’s really sat for when you do sing it you begin to realize how very lucky - or fortunate - or blessed we are to live in that “Land that we Love” and how very proud of this “Home of the Brave” we treasure.

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