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David Wilkerson

David Epps's picture

When I was a teenager, I somehow came across a book with the title, “The Cross and the Switchblade.” The true story was about a skinny, young Assemblies of God preacher from Pennsylvania who, in 1958, felt called to go to New York City to attempt to speak to some gang members who had been arrested for murder. He never met those particular gang members but, in 1959, he began a journey that led him to minister among the gangs of New York City. Read More»

Bubbles, booze and taxpayer questions

Scott Bradshaw's picture

The Peachtree City Council is attempting to pull another “fast one” on taxpayers. Replacing the bubble that covers the outdoor swimming pool at Kedron Fieldhouse during the winter is an issue kicked around for years with very little community support. The bubble is a desirable amenity but replacement should not be a priority when the city is facing a severe budget crunch and more possible reductions in service. Read More»

With bin Laden, we’ve become a nation of voyeurs

Terry Garlock's picture

Am I the only one bothered by the aftermath of the Osama bin Laden mission? Don’t get me wrong, I’m pleased we seized the opportunity to kill him, and I’m proud to have the Special Ops team under the American flag. Read More»

Tuscaloosa’s Ground Zero

Dr. Earl Tilford's picture

The Warrior River borders the University of Alabama campus, separating old Tuscaloosa from up-scale housing developments to the north. Tuscaloosans know a “north of the river” address connotes six-figure incomes. The schools, public and private, are excellent. It’s the country club set. The Warrior River forms a barrier separating Tuscaloosans by class and largely, although not entirely, by race. Read More»

Facing off with Facebook

Ronda Rich's picture

It wasn’t my idea. In fact, I was so opposed to it that I had to be forced into doing it. I’m still not a happy participant.

My literary agent in New York, dear friend though she is, insisted that I become part of the Facebook community. Read More»

A quiet weekend

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

We heard it soon after we pulled into the state park where we would spend a quiet weekend with friends from church. At least it started out quiet.

So quietly, no one could quite put a time stamp on when they first heard the high-pitched sound of a motor or chainsaw or… whatever it was.

Dave said it sounded to him like an engine had been left on in the afternoon. It’s probably coming from something they’re doing at the dam, he opined, because there’s usually some work going on there.

The sound was absolutely steady, however, never wavering – yet we did not notice when it stopped. Read More»

Osama bin Laden is dead

David Epps's picture

Osama bin Laden is dead.

On Sept. 11, 2001, I sat transfixed in front of the TV as the day’s news unfolded. At the end of the day, overcome with shock, yet desirous to make some positive statement, I affixed an American flag to the post on my front porch and vowed to leave it there until the one responsible for these crimes was brought to justice. I had no idea that so much time would elapse. Read More»

The lady called Mom

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Twenty-five years is a long time to spend with someone, and not know anything about them but their name. It’s sad, but it’s true.

I had only been married for a year when my veil of naiveté started to be revealed. My mom and dad weren’t just parents, they were much more. They were people — people with dreams, flaws and quirks just like normal folks. Just when I was getting to know my Mom, she suddenly was taken from us. Read More»

In killing bin Laden, justice has been done

Cal Thomas's picture

“Ding dong the witch is dead!”

As crowds gathered outside the White House, at the site of Ground Zero, and in other public places to cheer news of the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama said in a late Sunday night address from the White House, “Justice has been done.”

To one man justice has been done, but not to the terrorist movement itself, which is bigger than any one man and whose franchise headquarters appears to have moved now to Yemen. Read More»

Echoes of President Bush’s speech

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

“In Bin Laden Announcement, Echoes of 2007 Obama Speech,” declared the headline in The New York Times. It’s difficult to find a newspaper that has demonstrated a worst pro-Obama and anti-Bush bias than The New York Times, especially when dealing with the War on Terror. And so, I expected a headline like this in the Times.

When I searched Google this morning, looking for a text of President Obama’s statement on the death of Osama Bin Laden, the Times headline was the first thing that popped up. Read More»