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Simple days, but great days

Ronda Rich's picture

My friend, Michelle, emailed me one day after we had run into each other at a trunk showing of new clothes where we shared enthusiasm over the pretty fashions and helped each other decide what we should buy or shouldn’t.

She explained that she left the show, had lunch with friends, picked her little boy up at school who had scratched his arm but not too badly, returned home to find that their new, curious puppy had slept the entire time, not making one bit of a mess and that her husband had come home early from work. She ended by saying, “What a great day!”

I loved that. Read More»

U.S. buys into Greek tragedy; where is outcry?

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

The sovereign debt crisis — centered on Greece for the moment, but bound to spread to other heavily indebted national governments — has taken an ominous turn.

The European Central Bank (ECB), the Federal Reserve, and the International Monetary Fund unveiled a trillion-dollar bailout package for the bankrupt Greek government. The intent was to defend the euro, which has been depreciating rapidly vis-a-vis the dollar.

Indeed, the bailout worked—for all of a few hours. Then the market dismissed it as ineffectual and the euro resumed its downtrend. Read More»

To the Class of 2010: Some thoughts from a conservative

Cal Thomas's picture

Looking at the list of commencement speakers this year, one finds them predictably liberal. Glenn Beck spoke at Liberty University, but that’s a conservative school. Read More»

Federal healthcare reform about to hit retirees hard

John C. Goodman's picture

There are 78 million baby boomers and a very large number of them have retirement on their minds. If the past is a guide, more than 80 percent of them will retire before they become eligible for Medicare (at age 65).

Although about one-third of U.S. workers have a promise of post-retirement healthcare from an employer, almost none of these promises are funded and, as is the case of the automobile companies, are likely to be broken in whole or in part. Read More»

Letters from the editor: May 11, 2010

Cal Beverly's picture

THE STATE OF JUSTICE IN FAYETTE: Two judges from the same judicial circuit resign within days of each other, both because of women who are not their wives.

That’s probably unprecedented in Georgia history ... not the “not wives” part, but the near simultaneous resignations. Read More»

Sounds of insecurity

Cal Thomas's picture

In a TV commercial about buying gold, former Watergate figure and current radio talk show host Gordon Liddy transfers several coins from one hand to the other and says, “That’s the sound of security; that’s the sound of gold!”

After the events of last week, somehow gold doesn’t seem to offer the kind of security we need. Read More»

The Church & the Social Gospel

Dr. Gary Scott Smith's picture

By Dr. Gary Scott Smith and Dr. J.D. Wyneken

Should churches and individual Christians seek to help people with material problems and social needs, remedy social ills, and improve social institutions?

Throughout history many congregations, Christian organizations, and individual believers have labored to do these things. Today, however, some political conservatives denounce the “social gospel” as misguided and unbiblical and counsel Christians to avoid or leave congregations that stress social justice. Read More»

2010 legislative wrapup: Budget handled, texting drivers banned

Matt Ramsey's picture

April 29 finally saw the gavel come down for good on the 2010 session of the Georgia General Assembly. This year was an incredibly challenging year due to our state’s budget issues; however, a number of important pieces of legislation were passed by the General Assembly and now await signature by the governor.

Among many others, the General Assembly addressed important water, economic development, tax reform, transportation, public safety and criminal justice issues this session. Read More»

Where love was found

Ronda Rich's picture

When the newspaper reporter called to set up an interview for the story she was writing on my newest book, she said, “We need to shoot a photo, too. Do you have any suggestions for a good location?”

As a matter of fact, I did. Since the newspaper was located in the county where Mama had first laid eyes on Daddy and since that place was a church and since the new book was on faith, it seemed like the perfect place. Read More»

A hill of crosses

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

In the photos it looks like a couple of lengths of PVC pipe, and not proportioned quite like the Latin cross Christians revere. It has stood for decades on a small pile of rocks on a craggy hill in the Mojave Desert, and is unadorned. At different times in its embattled 75 years it has been covered with a box or a blanket, with posters announcing that a religious symbol should not be placed on public land. Read More»