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 By Dr. Virgil Ullom    Voices 

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 Full story

 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 8/2/2020


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 Full story


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 Full story


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 Full story

 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 Full story


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 Full story


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


Message from Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd - June 5, 2020

Editor's Note: This message is being reprinted from the sheriff's Cyberstar Community Update: Dear Friend, As all of you probably know by now, a man by the name of George Floyd... — Updated 6/5/2020


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

 By Terri Miller    Voices

Cut from a Different Cloth

Greater love has no man than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13. Memorial Day is a day to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice... — Updated 5/26/2020 Full story

 By Terri Miller    Voices

The Sign Said: If You Ate Today, Thank a Farmer

I am so blessed to live in such a wonderful and diverse state. Not only do we get to boast about being the happiest place on earth because Disney World is not too far down the... — Updated 5/26/2020


Getting Back to the Basics

Not having lived through a global pandemic, every day may seem fraught with more uncertainty. Here are some pieces of information regarding our present situation that I believe to... — Updated 5/26/2020 Full story

 By Jim Hatch    Voices

Rethinking Some Things

Each week, this segment will offer a word of encouragement from pastors who lead churches in Bartow. This week's message is from the Rev. Jim Hatch, pastor of First Presbyterian Chu... — Updated 5/20/2020 Full story


A True Friend

There are times when acquaintances in our life provide a timely and caring prayer or action of encouragement that reminds us to keep going, to persevere in where we are or the... — Updated 5/20/2020


Who Are We Trying to Impress?

"Look at me." "I did this." "He is not as good as me." "She is bad, and I deserve your attention." While phrases along these lines are most often uttered by young children (or... — Updated 5/13/2020


Searching for Truth among Agendas and Perspectives

We are constantly bombarded with pieces of information (verbal and nonverbal) from news reports, children, neighbors, employers, employees, government, churches, parents, marketing... — Updated 5/6/2020 Full story

 By Shauna Krout    Voices

Addicts Also Fall into High Risk for COVID-19

As the government puts orders in considering this new named Pandemic with the Coronavirus, we have things to keep in mind regarding who is at risk and how to prevent it. The... — Updated 4/29/2020


We are NOT in Control

As severe thunderstorms are rolling through Lake Wales this morning, I am reminded that we are truly at God's mercy, and He sustains us. It can be frustrating to plan our day, our... — Updated 4/29/2020 Full story

 By Terri Miller    Voices

Being Spiritual

How has the Holy Spirit been prompting you to seek God? What are some things you can do this week to grow closer to Him? This was an interesting question from Our Daily Bread Bible... — Updated 4/22/2020


Life is Different Now in Lake Wales (Understatement of the Year)

Life in Lake Wales has changed dramatically since early March 2020. Many more people are now truly struggling with making ends meet financially. More people are battling with... — Updated 4/22/2020


Many Infallible Proofs

The gospel of Jesus Christ is not simply His death on the cross. The gospel is the death, burial, AND resurrection of Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures. (I Corinthians 15:1-4... — Updated 4/16/2020


Letter to Our Readers as We Celebrate 1st Anniversary as Your Local News Site recently celebrated our one-year anniversary. During our first year we published more than 1,200 stories and about 1,500 photos. This online news site is still a... — Updated 4/15/2020 Full story


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