You and our national debt: A picture

The recent passage of a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill now sets the stage for the looming battle over raising the national debt (again).

The national debt is now over $17 trillion (which looks like $17,000,000,000,000), and growing. The passage of the recent omnibus signals yet another failure of our Congress to set and implement a responsible fiscal policy, and the executive to timely provide its reasonable operating expenses for the coming fiscal year. Read More»

Income inequality: It’s not so simple

Walter Williams offered a simple analysis of income inequality in last Wednesday’s Citizen incorporating an analogy of “poker justice” to elucidate the variance in wealth accumulation.

He noted that in a non-cheating game, the poker prowess of Tom over Dick and Harry was easily explained by Tom’s industriousness compared to the indolent efforts of his fellow players. This simply explicates why Tom should never share his financial rewards with Dick or Harry. Read More»

Blogging Fayette Snowjam 2014

Cal Beverly's picture

UPDATE 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 — Folks around here will be comparing future snow storms to the one we experienced today. It is epic in its scale of "victims," the numbers of people who have been immobilized for hours on Read More»

Hail the BBC

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

It takes a little time to build up a “must-watch” television listing strong enough to make me say, “I’m sorry, we have plans for that evening.”
Smile, enigmatically.
When my girls were very young, they were allowed to watch television or go to movies only after we had vetted the material and deemed it acceptable for our little dears’ developing taste. They were good about it. “Because I say so” was a reason they didn’t often challenge. Read More»

Fact-Free Liberals: Part II

Thomas Sowell's picture

Words seem to carry far more weight than facts among those liberals who argue as if rent control laws actually control rents and gun control laws actually control guns.

It does no good to point out to them that the two American cities where rent control laws have existed longest and strongest — New York and San Francisco — are also the two cities with the highest average rents. Read More»

OK to feel sorry

Walter Williams's picture

At one time in our nation’s history, blacks feeling sorry for whites was verboten. That was portrayed in Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This is a novel published in 1960 — and later made into a movie — about Depression-era racial relations in the Deep South. Read More»

That old house

David Epps's picture

I grew up in the Hillcrest area of Kingsport, Tenn., in the northeastern tip of the state. The home we occupied for all of my life, from the time I was 4 until I left for the Marines, was at the top of a road that used to be named Hill Street before we were annexed by the city and the name had to be changed. Seems that Kingsport already had a Hill Street. Read More»

Toyland, Flamingo Street style

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Christmas is now over and all the decorations are stowed away for another year. Now that the holidays are behind us, the next big thing visiting your home doesn’t come down the chimney in a red and white suit. It’s delivered to your mailbox in a plain envelope. That would be a big fat credit card balance. Or it could be two or even three. Read More»

Are diversity, inclusion important?

Dave Richardson's picture

Recently, my middle school daughter’s English teacher assigned his students to write an essay on the Fayette County NAACP’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day theme. This year the topic is “Why Inclusion and Diversity is Important for the Future Health of Our Community?”

We had a great conversation about Martin Luther King and civil rights in preparation to write her essay. The topic caused me to think a lot, too, so I thought I would write one of my own. Read More»

Bradshaw’s follies — Predictions for 2014

Scott Bradshaw's picture

Much of the news last year was of ineptness in implementing the Affordable Care Act, chaos in the Middle East, shameful withholding of information about Benghazi, a slowly recovering economy, bickering in Washington, and a surprise announcement that the Atlanta Braves will move to Cobb County. There will be more surprises in 2014.

Prognostication is risky for columnists because readers have the advantage of hindsight and don’t hesitate to remind writers of wrong predictions. I knowingly take the risk and offer 2014 predictions ranging from sports to politics. Read More»

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