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There is reason to hope

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

The past recent years of schoolhouse bloodshed has loosed a torrent of ink in the debate about what has gone wrong with America. An alarming bout of writer’s block has made me seek a subject published in June of 1999, and still current today.

Theories abound. We pick and choose among them: The Internet. God having been thrown out of schools.

The entertainment industry. The media. Failure of educators. Failure of parents. Failure of society.

Here’s my take, and a word of hope. Read More»

The generation gap

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The generation gap is something I’ve heard about all of my life, but never really believed in. The other day was when I realized that not only does the gap exist, but just how far that gap has widened for me.

That’s when one of my coworkers asked me to go camping. The young twenty-something thought it was a good idea to ask the old guy to come along — that is, until I started to ask questions. That’s one thing us old guys are good at – asking a bunch of questions. Read More»

Big boy pants

David Epps's picture

After six months and 4,000 miles on the 1999 Harley-Davidson Road King, I decided to ratchet things up just a bit. Prior to August of 2010, I had never ridden a motorcycle. I took the Rider’s Edge Motorcycle Academy three-day course and earned my license. Most of my riding had been on local roads with, perhaps, 100 miles total on the interstate highway system. Read More»

For unions, the screaming has just begun

Terry Garlock's picture

In Madison, Wis., there is a televised struggle between the government employee unions and newly elected Governor Scott Walker (R). If you are willing to put on your thinking cap, this confrontation is instructive about just one way America has gone wrong in creating an addiction to other people’s money, and the screaming over budget cuts that surely will come. Read More»

Isaac grows up

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Dear Isaac,

Mama-Jean reminded me that you had a birthday last week. I’m glad she did, since you and your sisters spread cheer for three months after Christmas.

Do you remember how we met? I think you were about 6. It was in a state park near your home, where Jean had arranged for us to meet. I don’t know how they choreographed it, but as we were pulling into the parking lot, your dad and our daughter walked toward us from stage right, holding hands, and Grandma and Grandpa Withnell from stage left. Read More»

Coolidge. Reagan. Walker?

Cal Thomas's picture

When three-fourths of the Boston police department went on strike in 1919, leading to broken shop windows and looting, then-Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge called out the state militia and broke the strike. Coolidge declared, “There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.”

His courage propelled him to the vice presidency and eventually to the presidency. Read More»

Egypt shows why you can’t buy friendship

Scott Bradshaw's picture

The United States bribed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and his predecessors for decades, giving their government up to $1.3 billion annually to help maintain a well-equipped military. Our stated objective was to insure stability in the region. Stability is code for “hold the people down, keep the Suez Canal open, and honor the treaty with Israel.” Read More»

Judy, the sad girl

Ronda Rich's picture

The other day I took a shortcut down a back road, the likes of which I had not seen since I was a child in petticoats and Mary Janes and rode the big, yellow schoolbus.

The road was dirt and gravel back then, twisting sharply from corner to corner as it wound itself around mostly pastures and creeks. There were, perhaps, three houses on the road, one of which was a white clapboard farm house with a front porch, steep steps and a postage stamp-sized front yard. Read More»

The multiple ways the new Obamacare law may affect you in 2011

Sally C. Pipes's picture

A federal judge recently ruled President Obama’s healthcare law unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court will no doubt have to settle the matter, but several of the reform package’s most damaging provisions have already taken root.

For starters, the new law effectively stops the construction of physician-owned hospitals throughout the country — even as it extends government-subsidized insurance coverage to tens of millions of new patients. Read More»

Remembering Jack Bush, ‘a damn good Dog’

Loran Smith's picture

At the conclusion of the graveside service at Oconee Hill cemetery, where many Georgia football lettermen are interred, Jack Bush’s son-in-law John Parker stood up and invited all those in attendance to a reception, noting that it would be “Jack Bush’s last tailgate party.”

When friends gathered at the Sexton House at the entrance to the cemetery, there was a sign, noting that it was a tailgate party in memory of one of Georgia’s most loyal friends who best could be described as a Damn Good Dog. Read More»