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NY Gov. Cuomo: Conservatives, get out

Cal Thomas's picture

Everyone “knows” it is conservatives who are mean-spirited, intolerant, censors of speech with which they don’t agree, anti-gay, anti-black and anti just about everything else, right? We know this because the left keeps telling us so.

Which is why in this era of increasingly corrosive language — note the overuse of the f-word in the film “The Wolf of Wall Street” — and acidic political discourse, recent comments by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), ought to shock and outrage everyone, regardless of party affiliation or ideology. Read More»

Fact-free liberals, Part 3: The war on poverty

Thomas Sowell's picture

Since this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the “war on poverty,” we can expect many comments and commemorations of this landmark legislation in the development of the American welfare state.

The actual signing of the “war on poverty” legislation took place in August 1964, so the 50th anniversary is some months away. But there have already been statements in the media and in politics proclaiming that this vast and costly array of anti-poverty programs “worked.” Read More»

Beautiful in wisdom

Ronda Rich's picture

She was not a pretty woman in the days of her youth. Her lips were too thin, her forehead too high and her eyes so round that they seemed to bulge into the lens of the glasses she wore.

But the lack of youthful beauty is a gift in old age for a woman becomes just an old woman, not a faded beauty who has the sympathy of those who knew her when and can say, “You should have known her then. Beautiful she was back in the day.” Read More»

Blogging Fayette Snowjam 2014

Cal Beverly's picture

UPDATE 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 — Folks around here will be comparing future snow storms to the one we experienced today. It is epic in its scale of "victims," the numbers of people who have been immobilized for hours on Read More»

Hail the BBC

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

It takes a little time to build up a “must-watch” television listing strong enough to make me say, “I’m sorry, we have plans for that evening.”
Smile, enigmatically.
When my girls were very young, they were allowed to watch television or go to movies only after we had vetted the material and deemed it acceptable for our little dears’ developing taste. They were good about it. “Because I say so” was a reason they didn’t often challenge. Read More»

Fact-Free Liberals: Part II

Thomas Sowell's picture

Words seem to carry far more weight than facts among those liberals who argue as if rent control laws actually control rents and gun control laws actually control guns.

It does no good to point out to them that the two American cities where rent control laws have existed longest and strongest — New York and San Francisco — are also the two cities with the highest average rents. Read More»

OK to feel sorry

Walter Williams's picture

At one time in our nation’s history, blacks feeling sorry for whites was verboten. That was portrayed in Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This is a novel published in 1960 — and later made into a movie — about Depression-era racial relations in the Deep South. Read More»

That old house

David Epps's picture

I grew up in the Hillcrest area of Kingsport, Tenn., in the northeastern tip of the state. The home we occupied for all of my life, from the time I was 4 until I left for the Marines, was at the top of a road that used to be named Hill Street before we were annexed by the city and the name had to be changed. Seems that Kingsport already had a Hill Street. Read More»

Toyland, Flamingo Street style

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Christmas is now over and all the decorations are stowed away for another year. Now that the holidays are behind us, the next big thing visiting your home doesn’t come down the chimney in a red and white suit. It’s delivered to your mailbox in a plain envelope. That would be a big fat credit card balance. Or it could be two or even three. Read More»

Are diversity, inclusion important?

Dave Richardson's picture

Recently, my middle school daughter’s English teacher assigned his students to write an essay on the Fayette County NAACP’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day theme. This year the topic is “Why Inclusion and Diversity is Important for the Future Health of Our Community?”

We had a great conversation about Martin Luther King and civil rights in preparation to write her essay. The topic caused me to think a lot, too, so I thought I would write one of my own. Read More»