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Going visiting

Ronda Rich's picture

One night back in the summer, Louise, Rodney and I stopped to see Russell and Neva, whom we have all known in one way or the other for decades. Yet, we go ages without seeing each other. It’s a crying shame, as Mama would say.

We piled out of the car, exchanged hugs and hellos, then climbed two short steps and settled down on the lovely porch of the hundred-year-old house that faces a neatly manicured pasture and is shaded by trees much older than any of us. Rodney and Neva took the swing and the rest of us plopped down in wicker chairs and rockers. Read More»

Senate notes: Revenue Committee making progress . . . slowly

Sen. Ronnie Chance's picture

[Last month] the Special Joint Committee on Revenue Structure met to discuss potential changes to Georgia’s tax laws in response to the report published earlier this year by the Special Council on Tax Reform.

Currently, there are four House bills, HB 385-388, that contain various aspects of the council’s recommendation. These four bills have been the source of widespread confusion and consternation in recent weeks. Read More»

Spring training travels: The ghosts of Dodgertown remain . . .

Loran Smith's picture

VERO BEACH, Fla. – Dodgertown is still here, but there are no Dodgers. No fresh-faced rookies who would give their birthright to make the team, no graying veterans trying to stretch one more season out of aging legs.

While that is hard to imagine, what depresses us all is that there remains a street sign that says Vin Scullly Way, a thoroughfare named for the incomparable Dodger announcer and streets named for Tommy Lasorda and Sandy Koufax who are still with us. Read More»

Who objects to free speech? Here’s a short list of leading contenders

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

Free speech has always been one of our most cherished rights. It has come under attack repeatedly by those who find it to be an inconvenient and unwanted obstacle to the attainment of their political goals. Sometimes, those in positions of power ignore the First Amendment and issue laws and regulations to silence their opponents. Other times, politicians or citizens work on an unofficial level, resorting to influence or intimidation to achieve censorship. Read More»

Real energy produces real jobs

Robert L. Bradley Jr.'s picture

Despite record federal deficits, the Obama administration is pouring millions of taxpayer dollars into “green” jobs initiatives. In Arizona, three state agencies just announced they’re using $3 million in federal grant money to train locals for jobs at renewable-energy companies. North Carolina is spending $1 million in federal dollars to run an analysis of the labor market to determine demand for green jobs in coming years. Read More»

30 years ago, when President Reagan was shot: A day of clarity

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

[Editor’s note: This article is adapted from a previous version published by the Reagan Centennial edition of Newsmax.]

On March 30, 1981, Ronald Reagan, president for merely 10 weeks, stepped outside the Washington Hilton. What happened next was an image millions would soon witness on their TV screens: America’s 40th president raised his arm to ward off a question from a reporter and then, seconds later, bullets crackled the air. Read More»

Babies are family too

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Ever since Dave became a grandpa, he has been positively ebullient about children and babies, and never passes up an opportunity to goo-goo in the sometimes startled face of a tyke in a grocery cart or a car seat.

I keep an eye on him, lest a young mother misreads his approach. He’s harmless, I want to say, and soon Mama relaxes and enjoys the attention paid her priceless treasure. And usually the tot responds with a gurgle. Read More»

Cut some slack

David Epps's picture

Recently, on a flight home from Illinois, I sat next to a man who was an executive in a corporation. The man was pleasant, chatted with passengers who were finding their seats, and seemed genuinely interested in every person boarding the airplane. There were a couple of people who were unresponsive to his smile and greetings but he didn’t seem disturbed by that one bit. Read More»

Rules of the pool

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Resistance was a futile effort. The force of the wave was so great it felt as though we had just been just hit by another crushing tackle from Bubba Hanks.

We tried to turn and swim away, but it was too late; there was nothing anyone could do. My three brothers and I were swept away, crashing into each other before being helplessly tossed around like rag dolls.

Then the unthinkable happened. A second wave hit, and we were thrown up against the sides of Neighbor Thomas’s pool. Bubba Hanks had done the impossible: An outlawed double jump cannonball dive! Read More»

What is U.S. foreign policy anyway?

Cal Thomas's picture

If there were an award for stating the obvious when it comes to the Middle East it would go to The New York Times. On its front page last Friday, the newspaper ran a story headlined, “Muslim Group is Rising Force in New Egypt.” Read More»