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Romney’s opportunity

Cal Thomas's picture

TAMPA, Fla. — This week when Mitt Romney strides to center stage to deliver his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, he might draw inspiration from an unlikely source: the song “I Am What I Am” from the musical “La Cage Aux Folles.”

One of the chief complaints from voters about politicians is that they too often package themselves disingenuously to get elected, only to reveal their real agenda after they’ve won. Read More»

In praise of the dignity of honestly earning your pay

Bonnie Willis's picture

As a wife and mother, I have the wonderful opportunity to do a lot of my work from home. Each week I have to submit the hours that I work electronically.

A friend of mine once commented on how great it would be to have a job where you could get your work done quickly, relax the rest of the time, and just report that you worked a full week anyway.

Originally, I dismissed the comment as a joke, but then I realized that each and every week I am faced with the ethical and moral decision of whether or not to “pad” my hours or not. Read More»

Crying and cussing

Ronda Rich's picture

This is how bad times are getting: Claudette has taken to crying and Grace Ann has taken up cussing. It’s like living in a science fiction film. It’s like visiting a foreign country.

I’ve never been a big fan of unwanted change. I resist it. So, when Claudette, tough as nails, broke down and cried and Grace Ann, who never met a Bible study she didn’t memorize, cussed and it both happened in the same week, I was stunned speechless. I walked around in a daze for two days. Read More»

A German family becomes American

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

The Bumer Family came from Germany to America in waves, and settled into several communities in the vicinity of Pittsburgh, Pa. Frank Bumer chronicles the establishment of  families and homesteads.  

Man’s Age

Sunday, February 12, 1888 I married Mary Auer, who was born May 1, 1864 in…Wuerttenberg, Germany. We were married in the Evang. Lutheran St. Paul’s Church, a quiet wedding celebration at our first home in Allegheny [County, Pa.]….

Our first child was born, December 5, 1888…and named Wilhelmine Franziska…. Read More»

Hope for addicts

David Epps's picture

One can argue that addiction is not a disease but a self-inflicted condition that one willingly entered into.

While there is truth in that statement, it is equally true that no one ever starts out to intentionally become an alcoholic or a drug addict.

For that matter, no one ever intends to become addicted to nicotine, food, gambling, or pornography. But many do. However one became an addict, the question becomes, “What do we do with them now?” Read More»

Holes in the fence

Rick Ryckeley's picture

If you have a brother, chances are you’ve been in a fight or two during your childhood.

I have three brothers. There were lots of battles while we were growing up at 110 Flamingo Street. Most were outside. A few were in. The ones inside got us into more trouble than the ones outside.

That’s how Twin Brother Mark and me found ourselves on the wrong side of Neighbor Thomas’s new fence. We were caught again running through the house throwing water balloons at each other. Read More»

Mamas, let your daughters play sports

Terry Garlock's picture

Steely eyes on opposing sides watched carefully during warm-ups to size up the strength and skill of those they came to engage in the first game on just the third day of school at McIntosh High. Coach Pearce had little time to select players after tryouts and mold them into the synchronized machine they need to be.

When the umpire declared “Play ball!” tension became action, dust flying as the batter dug in feet like a pawing bull, infielders poised for quick moves as the pitcher fired the ball across the plate. Read More»

Some positive alternatives to T-SPLOSTs

Claude Paquin's picture

For some people, the sales tax is the answer to everything. Even for transportation.

With imagination — some call it vision — it is not that hard to come up with answers other than a sales tax. Negative thinking seldom produces positive results, but positive thinking does. So take a look at these ideas.

Who drives on roads? The answer: people who have a driver’s license. They’re the ones who should be interested in improving our roads, not the old ladies in the nursing home who don’t drive anywhere. Read More»

‘Issues’ or America itself?

Thomas Sowell's picture

There are some very serious issues at stake in this year’s election — so many that some people may not be able to see the forest for the trees. Individual issues are the trees, but the forest is the future of America as we have known it.

The America that has flourished for more than two centuries is being quietly but steadily dismantled by the Obama administration, during the process of dealing with particular issues. Read More»

For lowest CO2 levels in 17 years, thank fracking

Merrill Matthews's picture

The most underreported recent environmental story has been the dramatic decline in energy-related carbon emissions — nearly back to mid-1990s levels, and falling.

Maybe it’s because that story just doesn’t fit the left’s mantra that traditional energy sources are destroying the environment.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) June energy report says that energy-related carbon dioxide fell to 5,473 million metric tons (MMT) in 2011.

That’s down from a high of 6,020 MMT in 2007, and only a little above 1995’s level of 5,314 MMT. Read More»