Obama slips us a timebomb

Many Americans are still confused about how the federal healthcare law will affect them. That’s understandable. The bill tallied over 2,000 pages. And many of its provisions have not been vetted publicly. For instance, most Americans probably haven’t heard of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports or CLASS Act, which charters a new government-run […]

Daddy’s lasting gift to me

Often, I find myself thinking of the wisdom of my daddy. His observations and experiences continue to guide me daily 11 years after his departure from what he sometimes called, “this ol’ vale of tears and sorrow.” I was probably 12 or so years old when I overheard him and Mama talking while sitting around […]

The good parent

There’s a place where facts, myths, and legends merge, blending together in our minds into a soft, purple, swirling haze. It’s a place where each of us was the star, the captain of the football team, the head cheerleader, the smart kid with the 4.0 average, or the popular kid that everyone wanted to be […]

The Barf Bag List

One of my favorite movies is “The Bucket List.” The plot summary for the 2007 flick is this: Corporate billionaire Edward Cole (played by Gene Hackman) and working class mechanic Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and […]

Mayor: PTC budget debate to focus on taxes, service cuts, reserves

The Big Debate, the budget, began June 1 with our first Budget Workshop. I cannot comment on the workshop itself due to the deadline for submitting this column being earlier. I can say while no one on City Council wants to use a penny of reserve, do a property tax increase or cut services, none […]

God is good … all the time

Romans 6:28, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29, For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30, And […]

Well be back after this

Has there ever been a time when the world felt truly safe? A few years will pass quietly while we think, “Ah, maybe we can relax, maybe we can practice peace instead of war. Maybe we can trust both our leaders and those of other governments.” Like the industrialists who said there’s less oil in […]

GOP ‘listening tour’: Listen to this

Hillary Clinton did it and it worked for her when she ran for the Senate in New York, so now Republicans will give it a go. It’s the listening tour, except unlike Hillary, who traveled from town to town, Republicans plan to stay in one place and invite you to come to them. House Republicans […]

As illegals take, are Americans free?

We do not have “universal healthcare. We have mandatory free “healthcare for the universe.” A middle-aged woman came to our local emergency room, suitcase in tow, complaining of a severe headache and diminished vision. A CT scan of the head showed a brain tumor. The neurosurgeon on call was summoned and within days the patient […]

Wearing a cloak of sorrows

There is a woman I know to whom sorrow clings like dew to grass on a Southern summer morning. Once, she got a bad break in life. That isn’t unusual for anyone. Life bruises us all, even bloodies us up pretty good from time to time. But for her, sorrow has become a close, trusted, […]