State needs power to fix traffic problems

Benita Dodd's picture

What’s a state to do when the federal surface transportation program heads toward its Sept. 1 expiration date with little promise of a new transportation bill and the Federal Highway Trust Fund s expenditures outpace tax receipts about $1.25 billion a month?

The good news is nobody expects Congress to allow the program to lapse. Washington will slap on some Band-Aid legislation taking states into 2015 (hint: November elections) but the wounds of partisanship will continue to fester. Read More»

Q & A: Ronald Reagan’s principles

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

[Editor’s note: A version of this Q&A was first published in the Values & Capitalism Blog of the American Enterprise Institute. June 5 was the 10th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s death. To honor and remember the president, Dr. Paul Kengor discusses Reagan’s long life and legendary core principles.]

V&C: How did you decide upon these 11 qualities to encapsulate what it means to be a Reagan conservative?

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Pride and humility

Ronda Rich's picture

It has become somewhat of an art for me, that of studying Southern culture and deciphering what makes us different from others as well as downright peculiar among ourselves.

One thing I have found to be mostly true, as true as any rule can be, is that in the South, you are either proud or humble. There is very little in-between. Read More»

Being a matriarch is hard

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

We’re looking forward to a gathering of the clan this summer, on a smaller scale than this one in 2001. Good to review sometimes.

Breathes there the mom, with soul so dead, who never to herself hath said, “This matriarch stuff is not all it’s cracked up to be”?

If you’re a reader of op-ed pages and letters to the editor, you’ve surely been following the controversy Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen ignited when he wrote that rearing a child is not the world’s most difficult job, as parents who leave the work force often claim. Read More»

The passing of friends

David Epps's picture

Ann B. Davis died recently at the age of 88. She came to prominence for her role on the Bob Cummings Show (1955-1959) for which she won two Emmys. She was best known for playing the housekeeper, Alice Nelson, in The Brady Bunch. She also played in movies and on stage.

One of the more interesting phenomena occurs when a well-known person dies, especially someone who is an entertainer. For many, it is almost as if a good friend or a member of the family has passed. Read More»

The Great Marshmallow war, conclusion

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Last week we left the kids of Flamingo Street camped out in Neighbor Thomas’s backyard.

They were all engaged in a heated marshmallow war. Taking a break to laugh at my spider dance, little did they know the midnight marshmallow war was about to get hotter and bigger than any could possible imagine.

As I turned around my three brothers, and the kids in Thomas’s backyard were still laughing at me, and why not?

It was the first time they had seen one of us covered in spider webs, running and screaming, doing a spider dance all the way down to the edge of the swamp in our backyard. Read More»

Hijacking the civil rights movement

Bonnie Willis's picture

This past weekend our family had the opportunity to attend a college graduation ceremony. It was a proud moment in one of our family member’s life, and we were happy to support her and share with our children something to which they can aspire.

Unfortunately, the keynote speaker, who was a civil rights activist, made contradictory statements I would not want my children to emulate. Read More»

70 years ago, our boys charged into history

Loran Smith's picture

Seventy years ago this week, we had survived the Normandy invasion, principally Omaha Beach. The Allies had triumphed the Nazis in the fiercest of landings on the shores of France’s beaches. We had a toe-hold on the continent, but the incumbent Germans were resisting mightily and were determined to push us back into the sea.

Having slept through the invasion, Chancellor Adolph Hitler was now convinced that Normandy was not the feint he had insisted it to be and realized there would be no larger scale crossing at Calais, 200 miles to the north. Read More»

Negotiating with terrorists

Cal Thomas's picture

Euphoria over the Taliban’s release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was quickly tempered by media reports that Bergdahl had abandoned his post and that his father made comments opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bergdahl’s father tweeted, “I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child.”

Does that include those children killed while being used as human shields by the Taliban? Where is Bergdahl’s concern for women who die from “honor killings” and for girls who are denied an education? Read More»

The ‘minimum wage’: There’s no such thing as a free lunch

Jeffrey Dorfman's picture

Last month (May), voters in Switzerland voted by an overwhelming 76 percent to 24 percent to reject the establishment of Switzerland’s first minimum wage. The proposed wage floor was about $24 per hour and would have been the highest minimum wage in the world if the referendum had passed.

A large part of its rejection at the ballot box was a strong informational campaign by employer groups who explained that such a high minimum wage would mean many lower wage workers losing their jobs. Read More»

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