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 By Virgil Ullom    Voices 

Remember God

Dr. Virgil Ullom of Babson Park made this presentation at Oct. 6 Lake Wales City Commission meeting. I am here this evening because I believe that what happens in this chamber is ve... — Updated 10/7/2020


Be Encouraged

Whether it is the half-anniversary of when the pandemic shutdowns began in full in Lake Wales, the 19th anniversary of September 11th, or listening to the rhetoric with being less... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Virgil Ullom    Voices

America Needs to Pray

Dr. Virgil Ullom from Babson Park presented this at the Sept. 9 Lake Wales City Commission meeting. I am grateful for a government that listens to the citizens. I am grateful for... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Terri Miller    Voices

Letter to Class of 1985 to Right a Hurtful Wrong

In 2016, I was compelled by something deep inside me to right a wrong. The wrong, I felt, was how I had been treating other people my entire life. At the time, Lake Wales News, prin... — Updated 9/10/2020


5 Psalms a Day Helps Keep the Adversary Away

Do you have a busy life with many responsibilities? Are you feeling frustrated, tired, and beaten down by the "new normal" of COVID-19, work (or unemployment), kids' eLearning,... — Updated 9/3/2020


Why I Believe by Dr. Virgil Ullom

This was presented during communications and petitions at the Aug. 18 Lake Wales City Commission meeting by Dr. Virgil Ullom. I would like to explore the Christian and the... — Updated 8/23/2020

 By Frank Pavone    Voices

Priests for Life Director: Open Letter to Joe Biden

Open Letter to Joe Biden Dear Mr. Biden, As the Presidential race for 2020 progresses, we are likely to see a repeat of some of the contentious arguments in past elections over cand... — Updated 8/23/2020


Letter About Invocation "Kerfuffle" from Joseph Richardson

The recent kerfuffle in Lake Wales over a secular invocation and the subsequent rush by the commission to craft a policy that would exclude future similar invocations is nothing mor... — Updated 8/21/2020

 By Curtis Gibson    Voices

Curtis Gibson: Life as a City Commissioner

I found out that this job can be incredibly challenging. It is not part-time as some will say. This job is tough, and it is not for everyone. You can be elected today and gone the... — Updated 8/20/2020


Taking Sides

Trump or Biden? Mask or no mask? Open school or eLearning? Open the economy, or public safety? Work or family? Push through and get it done, or pull back and reflect? Make a... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Denny Wittman    Voices

Letter to the Editor on Cancellation of Events

I have served with several committees that organize the large events in town like Orange Blossom Revue and I am on the Mardi Gras Committee currently. I can understand why the decis... — Updated 8/19/2020


Letter from the Rev. Dr. James Moyer about Reaction to Recent City Invocation

Theologian John Wesley is attributed with once saying that "Christ came to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable." After witnessing the actions of several local... — Updated 8/13/2020

 By Curtis Gibson    Voices

Curtis Gibson: Life as a City Commissioner

We are elected to make tough decisions for the citizens of our community and the betterment of our city. I have always been a stand alone official, where I do not have anyone... — Updated 8/13/2020


Letter from Sarah Ray, Atheist Community of Polk County

Think of 25 people you know. One of them is likely atheist. And probably afraid of you finding out. We know that there are even nonbelievers working in governments and sitting on... — Updated 8/13/2020

 By Curtis Gibson    Voices

Curtis Gibson: Life as a City Commissioner

Hello my name is Curtis Gibson, I am a Lake Wales city commissioner in district 19, seat 2. I never thought about getting into politics. In fact, I used to say I am not a politician... — Updated 8/10/2020


America In Great Danger

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag states we are, "One nation under God." President Ronald Reagan said that if we ever forget that we are one nation under God we will be a nation... — Updated 8/2/2020


Reading to Challenge Our Thinking

Are we reading words that genuinely challenge our current thinking? Do we read books, blogs, posts, and news feeds that only tend to be in line with our world experiences? Are we... — Updated 7/22/2020


Letter to Editor: Choosing a Biblical or an Atheistic Worldview

When an adult tells a child "There are many genders," you know we have drifted a long ways from July 4th, 1776, and the Biblical worldview reflected in the Declaration of... — Updated 7/15/2020


Proverbs 30 in 2020

As the events around of COVID-19 continue to unfold and test our human and societal frailties and brokenness, I have been pondering many verses from Proverbs 30. May these words... — Updated 7/8/2020


Sins of Omission

Forgive me Father, for the many times I have not done what You have placed on my heart to do. There were things that I perceived were right to pursue, but out of inconvenience,... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Michael Wilder    Voices

Love Thy Neighbor

In Luke's Gospel (chapter 10) we read about 70 disciples, who had been sent out by Jesus, returning to the Lord sharing what they had experienced. Jesus told them that they should... — Updated 7/1/2020


Letter to the Editor from Dr. Virgil Ullom

Submissions to the VOICES section represent the opinion of the writer, and not necessarily the views of the publisher. The following was presented at the Lake Wales City Commission June 16 meeting. I am grateful that Pride Week... — Updated 7/1/2020


We ALL Need Help

Have you watched the news lately; or checked Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, or other "media" outlets recently? James 3:6-8: And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The... — Updated 6/24/2020


No Masking the Importance

In times of injustice, sickness, turmoil, and fear, where should we turn? Why should we turn there? Here are some instructions we should heed from Paul: 1 Thessalonians 5:17-22:... — Updated 6/24/2020


Having a HEART for Children in our LAND

The current health crisis has noticeably altered many of our ideas of what, and who, is most important. Some of the things we would have listed as essential in order for us to have... — Updated 6/3/2020


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