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When Hollywood celebrated Christmas and marriage

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

A few days before Christmas, I checked the schedule for Turner Classic Movies, one of the few TV channels I watch. I was looking for Christmas movies, maybe the 1938 Reginald Owen version of “A Christmas Carol” or something like that — something for the family. I was pleased to find three favorites back-to-back that I’ve seen with my wife and daughters, all nice Christmas romances — and all with a similar happy ending. Read More»

The Communist resurgence

Eric Erickson's picture

Few, if any, would have guessed that as we arrive at the end of 2014, Barack Obama would give a Christmas present to communists around the world. Two communist regimes, Cuba and North Korea, defeated Barack Obama the week before Christmas.

The North Koreans were able to hack a Hollywood film company’s computers. That company, Sony Pictures, intended to release “The Interview,” a comedy about the assassination of North Korea’s Dear Leader. They have no plans to do so now. Read More»

Keep crony capitalism out of Ga.’s school choice movement

Jim Kelly's picture

By Jim Kelly and Ben Scafidi

Georgia has one of the more popular K-12 tuition tax credit programs in America, which is funded by the private contributions of approximately 18,000 individual taxpayers and 200 corporate taxpayers, who receive a state income tax credit for their contributions.

These contributions are made to qualified student scholarship organizations (“SSOs”) that provide scholarships to eligible students, most of whom are from low- or middle-income families. Surveys indicate they are overwhelmingly satisfied with their private school choices. Read More»

Looking back before I can look forward

Ronda Rich's picture

When the New Year arrives every year, I, like most, look forward to the next 12 months filled with promise, opportunity, and a chance to reform from bad habits.

I’ve already done that. In early November, I went on a serious diet instead of waiting until mid-January. Tink was puzzled.

“Don’t do that now. The holidays are coming,” he said. Read More»

A memorable New Year's Eve

Carolyn Cary's picture

I have a family desk in my house and looking at it brings back memories of New Year’s Eve in 1949. I was 17 years old and was, of course, very wise. New Year’s Eve fell on a Saturday night that year and my Methodist Youth Fellowship group was having a Progressive Dinner, having a salad in one home and then going to another home for the main entree and end up at my house for dessert. We would play Canasta all night. To bring you Millennials up to date, it’s a card game. Read More»

Whom does God call?

David Epps's picture

When I was a child and began attending the little Methodist church near our home, I concluded that the man who stood in the pulpit must be the godliest man I would ever meet. He was educated, wore a black pulpit robe, spoke with confidence and authority, was admired by the gathered congregation, and was friendly and kind to all he encountered—even to an eight year old child. Read More»

Let it go

Rick Ryckeley's picture

If you have children 12 years old or younger, chances are you’ve seen the hit Disney movie “Frozen” about a gazillion times, and rightfully so. It’s quite possibly the best kid’s movie of all time.

Not just because the movie features Olaf, an adorable snowman whose singing and dancing ranks right up there with Fred Astaire, but because all the music is infectious. This is especially true of the message and lyrics of the Oscar-winning song, “Let it go.” Read More»

15 years later, another Christmas

Cal Beverly's picture

The opinion reprinted below first appeared in The Citizen Christmas week, 1999.

In the year of our Lord 19 hundred and 99...

Many cultural commentators argue that the United States has entered the post-Christian era, and many applaud that transition as a desirable change in an increasingly multicultural society with diverse religious viewpoints. Read More»

Who’s responsible?

Thomas Sowell's picture

The cold-blooded murder of two New York City policemen as they sat in their car is not only an outrage but also a wake-up call. It shows, in the most painful way, the high cost of having demagogues, politicians, mobs and the media constantly taking cheap shots at the police. Read More»

Who’s the ‘extremist’ around here anyway

William Murchison's picture

Among the journalistic takeaways from the late Congress’ death frenzies is the equivocal plight of the two parties — the grown-up deal makers in both cases squeezed by hardcore, do-it-our-way extremists. On the Republican side John Boehner beset by Ted Cruz, in the Democratic camp the pragmatic Hillary Clinton wing forced to contend with the true-believing fans of Elizabeth Warren. Read More»

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