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Domestic warriors

David Epps's picture

Ever since the first Gulf War way back in 1991, the churches I have served have set aside a special day to honor our military veterans. Most of the time we set a time for a special observance on the 4th of July. A couple of times, the veterans were recognized on Memorial Day.

Last year, we finally settled on the most appropriate day to honor these brave men and women — Veteran’s Day. Yet, there’s another group of heroic men and women who put their lives at risk day after day that we have not recognized every year. Read More»

Book covers

Rick Ryckeley's picture

My three brothers, The Sister, and me spent seven magical years growing up at 110 Flamingo Street. During that time, both Mom and Dad dispensed a lot of advice, hoping some of it would eventually sink into our hard heads. And trust me, I got one of the hardest, otherwise I wouldn’t have survived those seven magical years of adventures (and misadventures).

Some of my parents’ advice was indeed followed. Some was simply ignored (I still wear the scars from those decisions) and some is still trying to sink in. So what was the most sage advice given by my parents you may ask? Read More»

Air power’s siren song — again

Dr. Earl Tilford's picture

In the early morning of Sept. 23, 2014, American air forces — joined by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Jordan — began striking targets in Syria as part of ongoing operations against the terrorist group ISIS.

Nearly a week earlier, Sept. 17, 2014, marked the U.S. Air Force’s 67th anniversary as a separate service. It remains the world’s foremost military instrument capable of striking globally in support of American national security interests. Read More»

Campus sexual assaults

Cal Thomas's picture

College freshmen are completing their first month on campus. According to the website The Other Freshman 15, “The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault. ... One out of five students experience rape or sexual assault while they are in college, and in the great majority of cases (75-80 percent), the victim knows the attacker.” Read More»

Lift the offshore drilling moratorium

Benita Dodd's picture

President Obama’s recent move to allow seismic exploration of oil and gas reserves offshore Georgia and the Atlantic Coast has left many hopeful that the offshore drilling moratorium currently in place may soon be lifted. A new study by University of Wyoming energy economist Dr. Tim Considine indicates the degree to which such a move would benefit Georgians and our Mid-Atlantic counterparts. Read More»

Southern Living and changes

Ronda Rich's picture

A few years ago, the magazine I have long loved – Southern Living – changed. Like most Southerners, I have an aversion to change, which is why our traditions have such strangle-hold. We never let go.

Warily, I eyed it for the first couple of months. The layout changed, bringing a fresher, more modern feel while new features were added that included fashion and profiles yet retaining recipes, home decor, and gardening advice. Read More»

Irony, part deaux

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

This column originally ran Sept.29, 1998.

Hooray, I thought, when AAA in Wilmington, N.C. let me borrow a telephone line to e-mail a story back to The Citizen. After an embarrassing failed attempt at the local newspaper office, I was in business now.

But when I was ready to send, I got the same perplexing message: No Dial Tone. I switched a telephone to the jack I was using and got a dandy dial tone — just not with the computer.

Stay calm, I told myself, clammy with frustration — not to mention dread of telling Dave he had been waiting in the parking lot for nothing. Read More»

You'll never go wrong...

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Got an urgent phone call from The Boy yesterday. The serious tone in his voice immediately captured my attention. So much so that the ribbing I was going to give him about Little One kissing a duck while feeding them out at Twin Lakes that very morning would obviously have to wait.

He said, “Dad, I need your advice about what to do.”

I must say, hearing those words made me feel good. Not because The Boy was asking for advice in his time of difficulty, but because he had asked ME for it. Read More»

The lesson of corporal punishment

David Epps's picture

According to a report in GOPUSA, “Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he never intended to hurt his 4-year-old son when he hit him with a tree branch (switch). But experts in childhood development said the intent doesn’t matter — striking a child is never appropriate.” Apparently, my parents never got the memo.

I was, what was called in my neck of the woods, a “precocious” child. One definition of “precocious” is “ahead in development, such as the mental development of a child.” Read More»

War — A matter of semantics

Dr. Earl Tilford's picture

“Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.”
— President John F. Kennedy

For most people, war is an unthinkable horror. While generals must think realistically about war, an important duty for a political leader is to inspire others to do the unthinkable.

Modifiers attempt to qualify war with words like limited, total, defensive, preemptive, just, unjust, good, bad, glorious, tragic, legal, illegal, etc. Read More»