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The Duct Tape Chronicles

Ronda Rich's picture

In digging through the material remains of what I consider to be my heart’s one and only home, I have smiled repeatedly, even chuckled out loud on occasion, at Mama’s thriftiness.

Some might call the evidence of what I have found “stinginess.” A few would say she was being a good steward of whatever dollars she scrounged together. Those of her own ilk – the Scotch-Irish – would say either that she did them proud or admit that she was a bit “quare.” That’s what the eccentric Scotch-Irish call each other when they think one of ‘em is odder than the rest. Read More»

About time – Ding-dings and Bong-bongs

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

When I search files looking for a ragtag of information I need for a column, I frequently find something I don’t even remember writing. I have all sorts of ideas, and the sudden discovery of notes or references may give me a start. Or not.

I’ve mentioned the tyrants that live in our house. Clocks. Real clocks, mechanically driven by weights or springs, not electric or battery-driven. Purists cringe to hear someone call an electronic device a clock. Read More»

Union parasites and government employees

David Epps's picture

Not long ago, several people were spotted at a Tea Party rally carrying signs that were anti-union. The signs read, “Time to Stop Union Parasites,” and “Unions Greedy Socialists.” There also seems to be an attitude developing, among some, that government employees are somehow undermining the fabric of American society. Read More»

No good deed...

Rick Ryckeley's picture

They say that no good deed ever goes unpunished. Now I know Mrs. Newsome, my fifth-grade English teacher, already has her red pen out ready to write at the top of my paper, “Just who are they? Can you cite an example of they?”

I really don’t know who “they” are, but them folks are right. No good deed ever goes unpunished. And yes, I can cite an example, Mrs. Newsome. Just lend me your ear. Read More»

Exposed: National Pathetic Radio

Cal Thomas's picture

If the resignations at National Public Radio continue at last week’s pace, there may be no need for Congress to defund the aging dinosaur, because there will be no one left there to turn the lights on. Read More»

Mamas and their babies

Ronda Rich's picture

One morning when I went for a run, the good Lord blessed with such a joy, though simple that it was.

A week earlier, my nephew, Rod, had brought two cows and their newborn calves to put in my pasture. He had put them in the corral at the barn for a day then released them into the pasture. For the next several days that came and went, the mamas and their babies had stay put on that side of the small river, though they have much less room to roam. Read More»

State retiree medical obligations: Georgia is underfunded

Allen Buckley's picture

The media often reports about the funding problems of state and local pension plans, such as the plans maintained by Illinois, California and New Jersey. Georgia’s pension plans have also received significant press as well, although most of it has been positive. Regularly overlooked are liabilities relating to post-retirement medical obligations. Read More»

Bobby Cox, out of the spotlight, but not out of place

Loran Smith's picture

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – You see Bobby Cox moving about the Braves’ spring training complex with the same soft smile, the same bad-knees-gait and accommodating demeanor as in the past. It’s just that he is not in uniform.

If you were to turn up at the Los Angeles Dodger training facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., it would not come as a surprise to see Tommy Lasorda, former manager of the Dodgers, cavorting about in his familiar No. 2. Lasorda once said: “I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer.” Read More»

Budget tightening in Pennsylvania — and around the nation

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

Pennsylvania’s new governor, Tom Corbett, has submitted his first annual budget to the state legislature. It includes proposals for spending cuts and no new taxes. In some ways, the budget is a model of what must be done nationwide. Read More»

Superman and hometown newspapers

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

These short stories really have nothing in common except they are being published on the same day…

I don’t remember what aroused my interest in Superman a few weeks ago. Was looking for something else and lost track of time – when, “Look! Up in the sky!” There he was, on my laptop screen. No, actually it was a TV movie I had never watched. So I did, and found it winsome. Read More»

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