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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»

Sweet victory

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Inquiries.

Homologated.

Autodidactic.

Tintinnabulation.

What do these words have in common?

Nothing whatever that I know of. Except that they are English words and mean something to me.

The first is simple enough, and represents victory over the longtime Scrabble champion of our household. Daughter Mary and I have been Scrabble antagonists virtually since she could say the alphabet. And about junior high (an early term for middle school), she has won nearly every game we’ve ever played. Read More»

Ride of a lifetime

Rick Ryckeley's picture

I must admit, being 8 years old at the time, the new game seemed safe enough. Little did I know just how wrong I was – by the end of the day all of us ended up getting hurt. One of us even took a trip to the hospital. But that’s the end of this story. Here’s the beginning.

The plan:

As soon as Older Brother Richard said it was safe, I started to worry. You see, growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, I learned quickly. When there’s no possible way anyone could get hurt, someone always did. And seeing as I hadn’t been injured in about three weeks ... well, I figured I was about due. Read More»

I am a sacramentalist

David Epps's picture

I am a sacramentalist. I view life as a continuing sacrament and I have a sacramental world view. What is a sacrament?

According to the Catholic Church, “Sacraments are outward signs of inward grace, instituted by Christ for our sanctification” (Catechismus concil. Trident., n. 4, ex St. Augustine, “De Catechizandis rudibus”).

Allow me to simplify that definition. I believe that a sacrament is when “The Divine touches the Common and the result is something holy and/or mysterious.” Read More»

Racism is alive and well in America

Terry Garlock's picture

Years ago my office wall displayed the picture of two men I admired: John Steinbeck, for reasons I won’t bore you with right now, and Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK), because he was right and had the courage of his convictions.

You may discount my opinion as a white man, but I believe if MLK could come back today he would be saddened that America remains stuck in group politics instead of judging each other on our actions and content of our character. Read More»

Justice Ginsberg’s Constitution: ‘Positive liberty’

Lance McMillian's picture

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg raised eyebrows in Egypt recently when she offered this bit of advice to the fledging democratic society: “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a Constitution in the year 2012.”

Instead, Ginsburg encouraged Egyptians to seek guidance from the South African constitution, Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or the European Convention on Human Rights in forming their new government. Read More»

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