Opinion

‘A passionate, vocal minority ruled on fire consolidation’

Now that I have your attention, allow me to explain. We did indeed have a packed house, perhaps 250 or more people, to attend the special CALLED meeting (not an emergency meeting) to discuss Fire Department consolidation, and I am glad that our citizens are passionate. Passion for our community is part of what makes Fayetteville such a great place to live.

Nevertheless, those who came and spoke against fire consolidation only represent a very small portion (by definition, a minority) of the total population of Fayetteville (which is somewhere between 16,000 and 17,000 at this time). Read More»

Lawsuit appeal funds could be better used for education

Recently our school board announced that they will appeal the recent U.S. District Court decision requiring district voting for Fayette County. While I agree that it is better to have all five school board members accountable to the entire community, I have to question whether this is a good use of our scarce school tax dollars. Read More»

‘SCHS’s dogma of the day’

To some within the Fayette County Board of Education, Sandy Creek High School’s seven-period day schedule may seem excessive and even unfair relative to scheduling at the other high schools. Academic teachers receive two “off“ periods (one being a traditional planning period and the other being a Professional Learning Community, or PLC, period designated for sharing best practices, staff development, etc.). Read More»

Blockade ... part 2

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

The great Alaskan Ferry Misadventure, a fishermen’s blockade in Canadian waters, continues....
Before the end of the first full day, Mary and Rainer opted to fly on to Juneau. With a limited vacation ticking away, they booked flights to Ketchikan by Taquan Air, where Alaska Air took them on to Juneau. We’re not sure yet how much of their suddenly soaring expenses they’ll be able to recoup. Read More»

City of dreams

By DAVID EPPS

I was in Nashville, Tenn., a few weeks ago attending the Southeast Convention of the Marine Corps League. It was Friday night, I was weary, and there was nothing on TV, so I decided to go to bed early.

As I was preparing to turn in, I kept hearing the steady beat of music coming from somewhere. After a bit of investigation, I concluded that the sounds were coming from the restaurant in the hotel. I boarded the elevator to the first floor, wandered in and joined two couples who were also present for the convention. Read More»

A dog gone good story

By RICK RYCKELEY

With Little One here and her sister Little Bit due any day, it’s rare The Wife and I get any time to ourselves. It’s rarer still we have time for a quick vacation.

But with the Mean Lady, Little One, and The Boy out of town for a few days, we suddenly found ourselves with, well, just ourselves.

So last week did we jet off to the beach for some sun and fun? Nope. Did we drive to the mountains for some solitude and fresh air? Nope again.

With tax refund in hand, what creative, relaxing destination did we decided upon? Read More»

Who defines what is right?

Bonnie Willis's picture

Sometimes there are seemingly insignificant moments in our lives that mark themselves in our memory because they raise questions that to some degree orient us in life.

Such a moment happened to me over 20 years ago during a moral reasoning lecture when I was a freshman at Harvard University. I distinctly recall the professor skillfully surveying the writings of Socrates in order to discuss how to build a moral state. Read More»

The false promise of Canada’s single-payer system

Sally C. Pipes's picture

Government-run, single-payer health care is back in vogue. It’s the Left’s admitted fallback as Obamacare fails. And the Senate just held a hearing on single-payer systems in other countries — with no shortage of witnesses touting their supposed benefits. Read More»

Faith in Obamacare, or government, is misplaced

Cal Thomas's picture

One of the reasons our political structure has become dysfunctional no matter which party is in power is that too many of us are living in the moment. The closest we get to history is the instant replay.

It is as if there is nothing the past can teach us; no wisdom that might be culled from those who have gone before. Read More»

The high cost of liberalism

Thomas Sowell's picture

Liberals advocate many wonderful things. In fact, I suspect that most conservatives would prefer to live in the kind of world envisioned by liberals, rather than in the kind of world envisioned by conservatives.

Unfortunately, the only kind of world that any of us can live in is the world that actually exists. Trying to live in the kind of world that liberals envision has costs that will not go away just because these costs are often ignored by liberals. Read More»

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