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Country’s mood favors turnover of incumbents

Kent Kingsley's picture

This [past] week a 36-year incumbent, Senator Richard Luger of Indiana, was easily defeated in the Republican primary. An incumbent Republican also lost in Ohio, and another incumbent Democrat lost in Pennsylvania.

To sum it up, 2012 has been a very bad year for establishment politicians in Congress so far. All over the country we see incumbent after incumbent defeated in primary elections

What’s behind this national trend to replace long-time leaders in Congress? Read More»

GSA spending scandal: It comes from the top down

drdorsey12's picture

When the federal government spends $823,000 on a conference for 300 employees (yes, $2,743 per employee) it is more than the fleecing of taxpayers. It is complete and total arrogance. It is failed leadership. It is a waste of tax dollars. It is disgusting.

In October of 2010, the General Services Administration (GSA) held an extravagant 4-day conference at the opulent M Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The conference included such lavish expenses as a $31,000 reception complete with a clown and mind-reader. Read More»

Reflections on the French election outcome

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

[Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.]

The election of Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande to the presidency of France epitomizes the sorry state of contemporary democracy. By that, I don’t mean to imply that the French people should have voted for the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy. Neither would be capable of solving France’s intractable problems in a way acceptable to French voters, nor are the problems with democracy unique to France. To varying degrees they exist throughout Europe as well as here in the United States. Read More»

End of the Great Debate

Ronda Rich's picture

It’s been almost 30 years since Debbie and I, as school girls, began the great debate. Over the ensuing years, we have each stood firmly on what we believed to be true. There was no compromising, moving or being reasonable.

One night all those years ago when I was hanging out at her house, which I did a lot in those days, I commented, “Did you know that Solomon was black?” Read More»

Mama bird

Rick Ryckeley's picture

With a Mother’s Day column due Thursday morning and it being only Wednesday, I really wasn’t too concerned that no idea had yet burst forth down onto paper. Besides, in the newspaper business, 24 hours is a lifetime. In the office by 9, I promised to work all day if needed. Mother’s Day was too important not to get it right. Read More»

The uniform

David Epps's picture

On Friday, April 24, 1970, I graduated from boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. For three months, I had been a member of Platoon 223, Second Recruit Training Battalion. For much of that time I looked forward to having my family present and watching me graduate.

It wasn’t to be. Shortly before the graduation date I received a letter from home informing me that my folks would not be able to make the journey. Read More»

Who’s laughing now?

Dave Richardson's picture

Last week a Peachtree City woman was arrested and charged with two felonies for bigamy. She allegedly married a second man under an assumed name so as to avoid the law.

But why do we care? Why is it even a crime for this woman to marry someone she loves? Why can’t she marry two men or even six if she wants? Read More»

College, loans and success

Cal Thomas's picture

It is something of a truism that whenever the federal government steps in, costs usually rise and efficiency declines.

That is especially true when it comes to a college education, which President Obama promised during the 2008 campaign to make more affordable. “We’ve got to make sure every young person can afford to go to college,” he said then. Read More»

Afghanistan, then and now: Three questions

Kent Kingsley's picture

Like the passage in the classic “Tale of Two Cities,” it has been the best of times and the worst of times for our past decade in Afghanistan.

We all remember 9/11 and the horrific attack against the United States by al Qaida. President Bush took swift and decisive action, sending first the CIA and Special Operations forces to Afghanistan. And later sending conventional forces with the expressed mission to destroy al Qaida and remove the Taliban from power. Read More»

Why penalize Ga. families for buying health insurance?

Kelly McCutchen's picture

What if someone proposed a law to tax working families $5,000 or more if they purchase health insurance? Such legislation would have no chance of passing. Yet it is, in effect, a painful reality for many Georgia families.

More than 400,000 Georgians work in small businesses that don’t offer health insurance. A fundamental flaw in the federal tax code since the 1940s excludes these individuals from the massive tax exemptions available through employer-purchased health insurance. Read More»

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