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Playlist for Mother's Day

Michael Boylan's picture

I had the unenviable task of writing a Mother’s Day column for this week’s paper. I say unenviable because I just didn’t want to write about how much I love my Mom (lots) or what a good mother Sabine, my wife, is (a great one). I feel like I’ve been there and done that.

Instead, I decided to create playlist on Spotify (it’s public - you can find it on there under Mother’s Day by Mike). Some of these songs are nice, some of them aren’t - but they all have Ma, Mama, Mom, Mother or Mommy in the title. Aren’t I clever?

Let’s take a look at the list before you take a listen. Read More»

The best birthday gift

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Over the last 54 years, yours truly has received many wonderful birthday gifts. It’s true, some gifts have been better than others. Some I wish I’d never gotten. Still, family and friends have all helped to make the day special.

But what has been the best birthday gift I’ve ever received? Did it come from a friend, my parents, or even The Wife?

Nope, surprisingly it came from The Boy. And he gave it this year. Although if you’d ask him, he’d say all he was able to give was a card. Unknowingly, he has given me far more than he could ever imagine. Read More»

Living in a distracted state

David Epps's picture

It had been a busy morning and an even busier week and there was a great deal to think about last Friday. In the meantime, I decided to take a break and go to the supermarket to pick up a few things needed for the evening meal. So it was that I traveled to the Publix at Thomas Crossroads near Newnan.

It wasn’t long before I became frustrated. “Why can’t they leave things well enough alone?” I thought. About the time I know where everything is, someone decides to remodel the store and everything gets relocated. Read More»

Who is ‘racist’? — Part II

Thomas Sowell's picture

Around this time of year, I sometimes hear from parents who have been appalled to learn that the child they sent away to college to become educated has instead been indoctrinated with the creed of the left. They often ask if I can suggest something to have their offspring read over the summer, in order to counteract this indoctrination. Read More»

Give ’em ‘L,’ Mitt

Cal Thomas's picture

In the 1993 movie “Dave” the faux president (played by Kevin Kline) calls in his best friend (played by Charles Grodin) and they stay up all night balancing the federal budget, not by raising taxes, but by cutting unnecessary and wasteful spending.

If only it were that easy.

Most presidents have talked about cutting spending, but few succeed because Congress holds the power of the purse and is reluctant to give it up. Read More»

It’s time to hold Congress’ feet to the voters’ fire

Kent Kingsley's picture

Is it fair to indict every congressman with the sins of the institution? Is it fair to expect leadership in an institution that supposedly is made up of leaders from around America? Is it fair to expect our congressman to be different from his peers?

The answer to all three questions is yes.

Last week I wrote about the near record low public opinion ratings of Congress. Just to review, only 13 percent of the country thinks that Congress is doing a good job — 13 percent!

At a time when we need responsible leadership the most, that’s a troubling statistic. Read More»

GOP is a party in fundamental flux

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

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

With Rick Santorum having dropped out of the race, Mitt Romney is apparently the Republican nominee for POTUS, barring a “black swan” event swooping down out of nowhere.

Why has the Republican Party taken so long to decide upon its presidential nominee? The two most common explanations given have been the structure of the primaries and the absence of an “ideal” candidate. Read More»

What Americans really think — when pollsters actually ask right questions

Jon Basil Utley's picture

By Jon Basil Utley

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans who despair of Washington ever cutting waste from its trillion-dollar defense/homeland security budget can take heart from pollster Scott Rasmussen’s book “The People’s Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt” (http://amzn.to/ImHabu).

The author argues that the public is always ahead of the politicians and that the time is ripe for an effective leader to win election with real budget cuts. Read More»

Wait for the man to call first

Ronda Rich's picture

I have always believed — old fashioned though it may be — that when it comes to courtship, men should be the pursuers. The way that I see it is that a woman’s place is to wait on a man’s attentions, not throw herself in front of him, jump up and down, flail her arms and make sure he notices her.

Trust me on this — no good comes from this kind of bass-ackwards (as Mama would say) pursuit. Read More»

On becoming a beekeper

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

When I was about 8, we moved from city to country because life in the city was becoming crowded and unpleasant. Every morning we had to sweep the porch clear of soot from the coal-powered railroad two blocks away, and some days my mom couldn’t hang sheets out to dry.

Both of my parents had country childhoods, and they wanted me and my younger brother to have the same memories, to cook their home-grown fruits and veggies, and to let us kids ride bikes on the little-trafficked asphalt roads. Read More»

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