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Breaking the rules

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Yep, I know. After reading this story, the parents of school-age kids out there will be irritated at me for months simply because I said it’s okay to break rules.

Trust me, it’s not intentional. But if you do get really upset, please don’t send emails to my editor. Send all of them to my dad in Florida. After all, it’s his fault. He and Mom taught us kids that honesty is the best policy.

Rules are meant to be broken. The rules of English, that is. Read More»

Going home

David Epps's picture

It had been a long time—a very long time—since I had walked through the doors. Some things had been changed, added to, moved, or eliminated...but it was the same: familiar, warm, and comforting. I was back in my hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee and it was a Sunday. It was just before 11:00 a.m. and I found a seat about two of the way back and settled in. After 41 years, I was back in a pew at Mountain View United Methodist Church. Read More»

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»

Autumn Elegy 1996

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind.
The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the west garden;
They hurt me. I grow older.- Ezra Pound

Something stirs painfully this time of year. I think it has to do with the conflicting messages autumn sends to the subconscious.

In many ways, autumn is the season of new beginnings. Last spring’s fourth grader is now a sure ’nough fifth grader, ready to take on the world. Television introduces a new season, albeit pathetically. Read More»

Elephant-less circus

Rick Ryckeley's picture

When I heard the circus was coming to our fair town, I jumped at the chance to buy tickets.

Memories of all those extravaganzas from when we lived back on Flamingo Street started to parade themselves through my head. Three rings under the Big Top filled with lions, tigers, dancing bears, trapeze artists flying high overhead, and an impossible number of clowns climbing out of a miniature car.

Little did I know how different this circus would be from those of Flamingo Street past. Read More»

A jarhead's journey

David Epps's picture

A few weeks ago, I retrieved the mail and discovered, among the bills and junk mail, a package. When I opened the package, I found that it contained a book. That’s not unusual as both my wife and I are voracious readers. However, I did not order this book which bore the title, “A Jarhead’s Journey.” The Urban Dictionary defines “jarhead” as, “A member of the United States Marine Corps. When used by civilians it could be considered derogatory, but it is used often among Marines. Read More»

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