The Carthage Press gave a fitting sendoff to religious columnist George Plagenz last Sunday, running Plagenz' last column, side-by-side with his wire service obituary.I hope some syndicate realizes the value of having a religious columnist. Plagenz was one of the few. It amazes me that newspapers can find space for columns about gardening, bridge, poker, celebrity gossip, fashion, etc., but few run columns that explain religious issues. Plagenz' columns, as I mentioned in my earlier tribute to him, were always insightful and shed light on areas of religion that are seldom explained in the media. I was always proud to run George Plagenz' columns on the Press editorial page and I was pleased that Ron Graber continued that tradition. As far as I know, The Press has been the only newspaper in this area which has provided editorial space to thought-provoking columnists like Mr. Plagenz, Charlie Reese, and Nat Hentoff. I have had about as much of Bill O'Reilly and Argus Hamilton as I can stomach.
Speaking of religion, check out Joplin Globe blogger Father Steve's most recent post, a thoughtful study of the recent headlines over the so-called Gospel of Judas.