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Law Day: ‘No courts, no justice, no freedom’

Judge Carla McMillian's picture

As Fayette State Court Judge, I have the privilege each day of ensuring that citizens of this county have access to the court and criminal justice system.

But I recognize that with our busy schedules, most of us do not give any thought to the court system, that is, until we receive a summons for jury service, are sued, get a traffic ticket or have some other contact with the criminal justice system. Read More»

EPA’s war on coal could sink America’s economy

James H. Rust's picture

While campaigning in San Francisco during the Democratic Party primaries in January 2008, presidential candidate Obama told The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board, “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.” Read More»

Don’t call me Granny

Ronda Rich's picture

When you’ve known someone since you were teenagers and have shared deep secrets ranging from boys to money to worries and wishes, you think you know them well and that there is nothing they can do or think that will surprise you.

That would not be the case with Karen, one of my two best friends.

I know a lot about her. I know how she looks without make-up with her strawberry blonde hair pulled back into a ponytail. Only those closest to her, gets to see her like that. Read More»

Odious changes

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Change. I hate it.

I know, I’ve groused about change before, but it sure is getting worse with old age.

Do you know what the U.S. Postal Service has went and done to the simple task of holding mail? You may have heard that they’ll keep your mail safe for only 30 days before you have to come claim it or they deliver it all at once. Read More»

The Bully

David Epps's picture

Recently, many of the news media have focused on the problem with bullies in school and how to deal with the problem. It’s about time.

The neighborhood where I grew up could be rough. Not so much the street on which I lived but, if one ventured too far, there could be problems. Read More»

Coconut judgment

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Early one morning, with razor in hand, a look in the mirror revealed more than I expected.

Okay, stop laughing. I’m not talking about the extra few pounds that somehow I’ve picked up.

Thinning hair has finally revealed a scar from long ago – a scar that has been covered for over 46 years. On top of my head was a 2-inch reminder of the true wrath of God. Read More»

Criminal justice reform

David Keene's picture

by David Keene and Randy Hicks

The criminal justice debate is often divided into two camps: “Tough on Crime” and “Soft on Crime.” What we need, however, is “Smart on Crime” – a set of policies that makes a distinction between nonviolent, low-risk offenders and violent, career criminals. Read More»

Congressman Westmoreland, let’s have a debate

Kent Kingsley's picture

Debates have a long and storied history in the politics of America. We have all watched debates and they often help us form our opinions of candidates. Certainly presidential debates are the ones history remembers most often.

The first presidential debate I remember as a young child was the Kennedy/Nixon debate of 1960. Many presidential historians have written that those who saw the debate on television thought Kennedy won. Those who listened to the debate on radio thought Nixon won. The debate was pivotal in the outcome of the election that year. Read More»

Understanding what ‘judicial activism’ means

Lance McMillian's picture

The fate of Obamacare now rests with the Supreme Court, and President Obama knows it. In the strongest language of a president toward the Court since FDR announced his ill-fated court-packing plan in the 1930s, President Obama recently challenged the legitimacy of any decision by the Court ruling Obamacare unconstitutional. Read More»

Daddy’s little book

Ronda Rich's picture

I never took my daddy for the sentimental kind. And in this assessment, I was not alone. He was a man’s man with a generous heart and compassionate spirit but sentiment seemed to have no place in his life.

I suppose it’s because his young life had been so hard, so downright sorrowful that he closed his heart and mind to looking back.

For that’s what we sentimental people do – we look back. We find the tender parts of the past that trails behind us and we hold them dear forever in our memory. We keep those times alive. Read More»

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