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Of Geraniums and Bluebirds and Men in Whooping Crane Suits

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Somehow we managed to skip winter this year. It’s not just that we’ve had such a mild season; it’s more a matter of color and light.

From autumnal gold and brown, we leapt to spring flowers at an all-time early date: our daffodils opened their first bobbing heads about Jan. 15. They’ve always bloomed before the end of January, but I think this was an “earliest.” Read More»

The wisdom of Forrest Gump

David Epps's picture

Rusty Wilkerson is a columnist for my hometown newspaper, The Kingsport-Times News. While in Kingsport, Tenn., recently, I picked up a copy of the paper and found Wilkerson reporting on two stories of government actions worthy of a nod from Forrest.

Wilkerson reported that, in 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency mandated that an ingredient that did not yet exist be blended into gasoline and diesel fuel by 2011. So far, oil companies have failed to comply. Read More»

President Obama’s ‘social gospel’

Cal Thomas's picture

For 60 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a nonpolitical event where speakers put aside their earthly biases and focus on a Higher Authority. On Feb. 2, President Obama departed from that tradition to claim the endorsement of Jesus for raising taxes. It beat the endorsement of Mitt Romney by Donald Trump.

In his remarks, the president quoted Luke 12:48: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Read More»

Schools now 1-way partnership

James P. Kelly's picture

By James P. Kelly, III and Benjamin Scafidi

Unless and until the Georgia Constitution is amended, the era of direct or indirect state control over public K-12 education is over.

For decades, the state has invested billions of dollars in local public schools. In doing so, the state assumed that the State Board of Education and local public school boards were partners under the Georgia Constitution for providing the adequate public education to citizens required under the Constitution. Read More»

The best tellers of stories

Ronda Rich's picture

Out of the blue one day, I got an email from an old, beloved friend from my NASCAR days. In the days when first I met him, Jim Freeman was the public relations director at the Talladega track. That was when the publicity at all the tracks was run by men, some college educated, some not, who were amicable, back-slapping and well-liked. Read More»

Refrigerator woes

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

If you’ve read this column over the past few years, you might have noted that I vent my frustration with episodes of having to replace every household appliance in the nearly 30 years since we built this house.

It’s easy to forget that actuarials estimate the replacement of household goods to occur roughly every eight or ten years. By that standard, we should be grateful we haven’t had to replace them more often. Read More»

The old friend

Rick Ryckeley's picture

I saw an old friend the other day. Although his face now sports mostly gray hair, it was still a familiar one to me.

For you see, he and I have known one another for what has seemed like a lifetime. Even though we’re years apart in age, we have an unspoken bond, one that goes beyond words, and one time can’t erase.

Growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, Dad taught us many lessons – lessons that, if we were wise enough to follow, would make our lives easier. One of the most important: if you don’t have anything to say, don’t say anything at all. Read More»

Semper Gumby

David Epps's picture

It is Wednesday morning and I am in northeastern Tennessee where I did not expect to be. Yesterday, I awoke in Champaign, Ill., to a temperature of 28 degrees and, by 2 p.m., my flight had brought me home to a balmy spring-like 67 degrees.

It was warm enough that I rode my motorcycle in search of a podiatrist who would alleviate the pain of an in-grown toenail.

While there, I received a call from my wife that her mother had been admitted to the hospital and transferred to ICU and was informed that we would be making the trip to Tennessee. Read More»

War through weakness?

Cal Thomas's picture

One of the memorable slogans from the Reagan administration was “peace through strength.” Reagan believed a strong defense was a safeguard against enemy attacks and the best hope of victory should America go to war.

President Obama is taking the opposite approach. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently announced cuts in defense spending of $487 billion over the next 10 years. Supposedly, these cuts will reduce the federal deficit, but Congress always finds new ways to spend money, so I am not optimistic. Read More»

Oil company profits are ... good!

Robert L. Bradley Jr.'s picture

The world’s largest energy companies just released their fourth-quarter earnings.

Though slightly less than the previous quarter’s gains, the figures were, nonetheless, headline-grabbing. Chevron generated $5.1 billion. Shell earned $6.5 billion. ExxonMobil, the leading U.S. oil company, earned a whopping $9.4 billion.

On cue, left-leaning pundits and activists rose to condemn the industry for excess. How dare oil companies earn so much while so many people are hurting!

These accusations are hardly accurate. Read More»

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