Opinion

The non-ruling on gay marriage

Cal Thomas's picture

Three points need to be made about last week’s decision by the Supreme Court not to decide whether the equal protection clause of the Constitution grants people of the same sex the right to marry.

Point 1: While the court’s liberal wing probably wanted to accept cases banning same-sex marriage in five states that have been overturned by three different federal appeals courts in recent months, the conservative majority, along with swing Justice Anthony Kennedy, apparently wished to see states resolve the issue. Read More»

The liberal religion of ‘tolerance’

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

I’ve said it before, and I’m hardly alone. Many have observed it. Liberals revere tolerance. They practically worship it. It’s like a religion to them. Well, now comes a study that supports the point.

A new survey by Pew Research finds that when it comes to teaching children, liberals place a far higher priority on teaching “tolerance” than teaching religion. That liberals do this in schools is abundantly clear, but they apparently do it in their homes as well. Read More»

All politics is local? Not this time

Thomas Sowell's picture

Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local.” That may have been true in Tip O’Neill’s day, but some elections are decisively on national issues — and the Congressional elections this year are overwhelmingly national, just as the elections of 1860 were dominated by one national issue, namely slavery. Read More»

What’s up with the Court and gay marriage?

Dr. John A. Sparks's picture

Every year, on the first Monday in October, the U.S. Supreme Court begins a new term. This year it began with a bang.

The court refused to hear the largest number of petitions requesting certiorari — all of which raised the question of traditional marriage vs. same-sex unions. Virginia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oklahoma and Utah were asking for reviews of circuit court decisions that ruled their state laws are unconstitutional because they defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. Read More»

What I love about my South

Ronda Rich's picture

It happened the other day. It’s funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

I went to the co-op. For you non-farmer types, that’s the Farmers Exchange where farm supplies are purchased at the most reasonable prices.

“Where’s Tink?” asked the lovely woman at the register, smiling cheerfully. “He’s the one who normally comes in.”

We exchanged talk on Tink’s whereabouts then I placed the order for several bags of horse feed. Read More»

What’s right with Fayette Chamber?

After over a decade at the helm of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, I have let our board and staff know that it is my plan to retire from the chamber Dec. 31 of this year.

It has been such a privilege, honor and blessing to have had the opportunity to lead this incredible organization. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t been inspired and humbled by the opportunities our team has to make a difference through our efforts at the chamber, not only on behalf of the businesses and organizations that make up our membership, but also for our Fayette community. Read More»

Online water bill pay not such a good deal

I saw the article in The Citizen where the Fayette County Water System has joined the 21st Century with online bill pay.

Well, not really. Turns out you cannot automatically have your water bill charged to a certain credit or debit card. You have to manually log in each month and pay each bill when it becomes due.

This is an improvement? Even more annoying is you are charged a $3.95 service charge for each payment. I think I will stay with my bank’s online bill pay that is free.

Kathryn Bailey
Peachtree City, Ga.

Response to ‘Government Party’ column

Thank you for this outstanding article.

I am from California, my husband is from Nevada. We were in Nevada this summer discussing this very topic. Two of Jim’s small-business-owning brothers had more disturbing stories.

In Reno, Nev., when you call in sick you are (rightfully) paid. However, the government employee who works for you then gets time and a half. Apparently there was a scheme where firefighters intentionally called in sick and their buddies would cover that shift.

They racked up quite a nice supplement salary. Read More»

Visioning comparison to Franklin, Tenn., was off base

As I look around I see a political tornado in action. Believing now is a good time for a historical review, looking to the future and truth testing a lot that has been said. The 2012 bus ride to Franklin, Tenn., serves as a good filter for starting the endeavor.

Remember the big build-up for the special learning and study trek to Franklin, Tenn.? The foregone conclusions as to what would be found and brought back to help us, here? The affirmation of these conclusions upon return? Read More»

VA has been a life-saver

In 1965 I was graduating from high school. We were a poor family with five children and college was never an option for either my brothers or I but since one of my classes was “General Business,” the class was given an assignment that we would all either provide the teacher with college applications or a certificate from the Ohio State Employment Service that we had registered with them. Read More»

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