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Dog ate my homework

Rick Ryckeley's picture

While I was growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, there was one reason that topped my list as to why I really didn’t like this time of year.

It wasn’t that it was the official end of summer for us kids – which it was. It wasn’t because the local bully somehow always ended up in my classroom – which somehow Down the Street Bully Brad always did.

The fact I had to sit for seven hours – longer if I had detention after school — was a big reason why I didn’t like this time of the year, but it still wasn’t the number one reason. Read More»

Redskins, Warriors and Indians

David Epps's picture

The University of West Georgia in Carrollton was once known as the “Braves.” Today, they are the “Wolves.” The name change was made because one or more people were offended saying that the old name denigrated Native Americans.

The University of Illinois, the “Fighting Illini,” has dispensed with the symbol of the “Chief” and people who allege to speak for all Native Americans are fighting to do away with the Redskins’ symbolism, as in “Washington Redskins.” Read More»

A portent of things to come?

Cal Thomas's picture

With his approval numbers sinking to 39 percent a week ago, according to the Gallup tracking poll, President Obama isn’t alone in having a bad summer. So is Hollywood. Read More»

Please stop helping us

Walter Williams's picture

While reading the first chapter of Jason Riley’s new book, “Please Stop Helping Us,” I thought about Will Rogers’ Prohibition-era observation that “Oklahomans vote dry as long as they can stagger to the polls.”

Demonstrative of similar dedication, one member of Congress told Vanderbilt University political scientist Carol Swain that “one of the advantages and disadvantages of representing blacks is their shameless loyalty. ... You can almost get away with raping babies and be forgiven. You don’t have any vigilance about your performance.” Read More»

Loving & hating cool of a/c

Ronda Rich's picture

It’s a funny thing. That’s what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I’ll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it’s somewhat sensible.

In this case, it’s my relationship with air conditioning that I’m unable to completely explain to others though I seem to understand it myself.

I don’t like the icy feel of air conditioning in our home even in the smothering humidity of deep summer. It has to do with my raising, as do most things for most people. Read More»

See Grace

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

This column originally appeared in The Citizen in 1999.

Like a song you start humming in the morning and can’t get out of your mind, one word comes to me over and over again to describe events in my life.

Grace. Pure grace. Disposed as I am to want to look beyond church talk — journalistic habits die hard — I went to my dictionary to see what it offers besides a theological definition of grace: “The unmerited love and favor of God toward mankind.” Read More»

Me and my shadow

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Around 5:30 Saturday afternoon the most amazing thing happened. The entire world stopped — at least for one little girl.

Little One noticed her shadow for the very first time, and her reaction was something totally unexpected. There was nothing to be afraid of. There was really nothing there, but just try and explain that to a 13-month-old whose only words are Mommy, Daddy, kitty and — my favorite — duck. Read More»

Lies parents tell their kids

David Epps's picture

Many years ago, my oldest son had a propensity to play in the street in front of our house. Since he was only 4 or 5 years old, this was not an approved activity.

In spite of warnings, scoldings, and spankings, he always seemed to find a way to sit in the middle of the road and become a target for fast moving traffic. This behavior resulted in his being restricted to either the house or the fenced-in back yard. Read More»

Visiting America

Terry Garlock's picture

For a few special moments recently I was back in the America I used to know.

Saturday I indulged in an overpriced but warm bag of popcorn, slathered in a chemical liquid that is probably carcinogenic but the movie theater staff call it “butter,” along with a half-gallon diet drink only a movie theater would size as “medium” and charge $5.50. Read More»

No more aid to Palestine Authority

Cal Thomas's picture

The anti-Semitic “tradition” of blaming Jews for the world’s problems mostly took a temporary back seat in light of the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas.

Major newspaper editorials condemned Hamas, but their condemnation was hedged by calls for “restraint” on “both sides” and “proportionality” in Israel’s response to the attacks. Read More»

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