Category Archives: WHAT IF?


Written on August 15, 2019 at 10:32 am, by

What if your house was turned into an asylum? No, I’m not talking about my humble abode that can sometimes be confused for a mental institution. Instead, I’m pondering the question of immigration, which seems to have captured the minds of so many of our readers despite the fact that we live so far away […]

No Better Place to Live

Written on August 15, 2019 at 10:31 am, by

I’m sure other places have some impressive offerings, but what if I was to tell you there is no better place to live than Memphis, MO? Granted, it isn’t perfect, but let’s face it folks, the sooner we all learn that nobody is perfect, the better off we will all be. If it were left […]

Are we entitled to never have to lose?

Written on January 18, 2017 at 11:26 am, by

What if we did away with declaring a winner and a loser in a competition and just gave everyone participation medals? I vote no on that motion, but it sure seems like that is where we are headed as a society. Instead of recognizing people who work hard and excel at something, it seems like […]

Personal Values

Written on April 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm, by

What if your personal values were dictated by your employer? Former Major League baseball pitcher and now former ESPN commentator Curt Schilling, has to be wondering if that is not the case. Schilling was canned by the national sports broadcaster after commenting on a cartoon on Facebook that was poking fun at the transgender restroom […]

Written on April 19, 2016 at 4:22 pm, by

What if we could set aside politics and simply talk turkey? Ironic that I’m suggesting we talk frankly and get down to business, and I open up with an old idiom that might confuse folks into thinking I want to discuss the fowl currently being targeted by most Missouri hunters. I guess it sort of […]

Bad Apples

Written on March 1, 2016 at 6:34 pm, by

While it may only take one bad apple to spoil the barrel, what if people were not so fast to give up on the entire harvest? In a barrel of apples, the bad one gives off a chemical, ethylene, which speeds up the ripening process for other apples in the same barrel, often times rapidly […]

Letter from the Editor

Written on January 25, 2016 at 4:26 pm, by

I want to thank Alline for her January 14th Letter to the Editor pointing out some of the shortcomings in my January 7th editorial. Sometimes in attempting to make one point, several others get obscured in the process. Perhaps this is a common pitfall. In arguing against the editorial, the letter states that people are […]

What if we could get over ourselves?

Written on January 12, 2016 at 9:55 pm, by

What if we could get over ourselves? Isn’t it about time we realized that as Proverbs says, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace”? I was watching the NFL playoffs on television this weekend and witnessed two players for the Cincinnati Bengals basically end their team’s playoffs with a  pair of selfish penalties. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict […]

What if you can have your cake and eat it too?

Written on January 5, 2016 at 1:33 pm, by

What if you can have your cake and eat it too? The old proverb says you can’t have both, because once you eat your cake, you no longer have it. Perhaps the government should stay out of the kitchen, because it hasn’t figured out that it can’t have it both ways. Isn’t it about time […]

Climate Change Skepticism

Written on July 30, 2015 at 4:24 pm, by

I was captivated by a letter to the editor in last week’s Memphis Democrat. For the fourth time in five weeks, The Citizens Climate Lobby addressed the community in the pages of the local newspaper regarding their efforts to educate readers on their side of the climate change issue. If the letter had identified glaring […]