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Nothing under the tree . . . is Christmas

Greg Moffatt's picture

Nothing under the tree is Christmas. Let me explain.

Like most children, when I was little, I thought Christmas was about presents. They awaited me under the tree and the excitement about Christmas morning was more than I could stand. I stared for hours at the large, hot Christmas lights on our tree and wondered what was in the packages beneath it.

But after Christmas presents were opened and the area underneath the tree was bare, I felt hollow – like I had missed something. Read More»

Tortured reasoning

Thomas Sowell's picture

Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were “torture.”

But any serious discussion of a serious issue — and surely terrorism qualifies as serious — has to move beyond semantics and confront the ultimate question: “Compared to what alternative?”

If you knew that there was a hidden nuclear time bomb planted somewhere in New York City — set to go off today — and you had a captured terrorist who knew where and when, would you not do anything whatever to make him tell you where and when? Read More»

Should profiling be banned?

Walter Williams's picture

Last week, the Obama administration announced new curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement. Before deciding whether this is good or bad policy, we might try to develop a description/definition of racial profiling or any other kind of profiling.

A good definition of profiling in general is the use of an easily observed physical characteristic as a guess for some other, difficult-to-observe characteristic. The reason people profile is that information is costly and they seek methods to economize on information costs. One way to do that is through profiling. Read More»

American Dream still is thriving

Ronda Rich's picture

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with that disagreement.

But that would not be the case with a reader named Lois who took me to task for a column on the American Dream. I lamented that we’re not doing enough to extol it. I asked, “Why aren’t we celebrating the opportunities of a country where the poor can rise mightily?” Read More»

Showing a classic

Carolyn Cary's picture

This week is the 75th anniversary of the movie “Gone With The Wind.” The book was released in May, 1936 to Book Club members and in June, 1936, to the general public. It was the middle of the Depression and $3.00 for a book was a bit pricey. Many went together and kicked in a quarter each to make the purchase.

The movie came out in December, 1939 with its premier in Atlanta on Dec. 15 It is reported that when an actress from England was chosen for the top female role, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Florida commented, “at least it wasn’t a Yankee”. Read More»

Christmas cards

David Epps's picture

Christmas cards

Finally, I finished all my Christmas cards! This year I sent out about 250 cards to members of my family, my church family, clergy in the diocese, and several military chaplains — oh, and several friends and other clergy colleagues.

It is an annual ritual that I try to start work on around the first of November. This year I didn’t get started until Dec. 3. But the cards are all in the mail now and I have breathed a sigh of relief. Read More»

A toyless Christmas

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Ask any parent. There’s just about nothing better than watching a child’s face on Christmas morning.

Parents, awakened early, are dragged out of bed and pulled down hallways by children excited to see if Santa actually stopped by their house during the night.

Smiles on little faces seem to grow wide with wonder as each present under the Christmas tree is unwrapped and revealed.

Yes, the face of a child on Christmas morning is truly unforgettable, and it’s almost always happy — almost. Read More»

New conversation on race? Leave me out of it

Terry Garlock's picture

I have read in newspapers and watched TV talking heads make one plea after another for a conversation on race. Another one? Well, no thanks. I am a bit weary of “reform” quests built on the foundation of deception and denial.

The President says we need police reforms, like sensitivity training and each officer wearing a camera, because black communities don’t trust police.

Keep in mind this is the same President who says we must reform immigration because the system is broken, failing to mention he is the very one who broke the system by refusing to enforce existing immigration law. Read More»

Is law optional?

Thomas Sowell's picture

The fiasco of “Rolling Stone” magazine’s apology for an unsubstantiated claim of gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house — and the instant rush to judgment of the university administration in shutting down all fraternities, when those charges were made — should warn us about the dangers of having serious legal issues dealt with by institutions with no qualifications for that role.

Rape is a crime. It belongs in a criminal justice courtroom. And those found guilty belong behind bars for a long time. Read More»

Ryan’s hope for Congress

Cal Thomas's picture

Like two predatory animals circling each other, Republicans and Democrats are trying to sort out the meaning of last month’s election and plan strategies for the remaining days of the current Congress and the new one in which Republicans will hold majorities in both houses.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), soon to be chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, spoke with me about the election and his party’s strategy going forward. Read More»

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