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Learning a new kind of math for Fayette schools

Beginning on the front page of this newspaper, we got schooled July 24 in the mysteries of school system finances, a month AFTER the...

The ‘red cap’ dilemma

I have a red baseball cap on which is gold writing. I don’t wear it very often, but then I rarely wear baseball caps....

The Golden Weekend

For us kids, the golden weekend was the last weekend of summer. Not because it was the end of summer, but because it was...

Solve discipline problems with alpha speech

Question: Some friends of ours who’ve read a couple of your books and attended one of your talks told us that they solved some...

Mama, the signs and sour kraut

Something nudged me the other day and sent me to a closet where high on a shelf, tucked back in a corner, was a...

Smelling rats in Baltimore

Calling someone “racist” has become the default position for liberal politicians and certain members of the media who wish to deflect attention from real...

Being racist is easy today

Years ago, it was hard to be a racist. You had to be fitted for and spend money on a white gown and don...

School system spending has exploded. Why?

With budget time for local governments having arrived, the one budget that makes me scratch my head is the spending explosion at the Fayette...

Pete is getting old

Pete is not getting around like he used to. Going up the stairs hurts. Going down the stairs hurts. He’s not as active as...

A day in the life

Well, it’s official, Dear Reader. Camp Big Papa is now open for the summer! I know we’re open ‘cause The Wife designed and bought everyone...

What I ‘believe’ about autism

I am perennially asked whether I do or do not “believe” in autism. I suspect that on most occasions, it’s a test. Nonetheless, it’s...

Censoring the Census

The notion of history repeating itself is usually viewed as a negative statement, but some history is worth repeating because we might learn and...

The left’s assault on Western civilization

Western civilization was founded on a set of philosophies that focus strongly on the sanctity of individuals and their power of logic and reason....

Sweeping the porch

It’s interesting how a simple task will bring back a tumbling of memories and love by touching a tiny piece of tenderness tucked down...

What does the Bible say about tattoos?

DEAR FATHER PAUL: Does the Bible say anything about tattoos? Our 16-year-old daughter is pestering us to death to allow her to get a “tasteful”...

Free stuff for everybody!

Politicians are getting more and more desperate these days. One party has no less than 23 candidates running for the presidential nomination, most of...

That new car smell

After almost 13 years and over a quarter of a million miles, The Wife said it was finally time. It was time to visit...

Here are the laws that became effective July 1

Between the start of the 2019 legislative session and its adjournment on April 2, several bills and resolutions that received final passage were signed...

Boy, 12, mentions suicide; what should we do?

Question: On several occasions over the last six months or so, our 12-year-old son has told us he’s been thinking about suicide. Apparently, he’s...

Supreme Court gets it right

It’s like, really, we need all the religion we can get around here! What with Americans — you know — perpetually at each other’s...

The waitress

It happened that we had been to the funeral home to pay respects. For me, this requires an hour of hair, make-up and dressing for...

Waiting to be offended

We have way too much free time on our hands. It is as if we are sitting around just waiting for something to offend...

That which remains

Almost everything built by man will someday disappear. Oh, there may be a few relics, artifacts, and ruins left behind. The coliseum in Rome,...

Airport terminal turbulence

This is the tale of woe of two travelers traveling to a family reunion to celebrate the eightieth birthday of a very special lady. Elaborate...

Adopted vs. ‘natural’ siblings

Question: We have two married daughters, one of whom is adopted. The biological daughter has two children who, we recently discovered, have been told...

How government creates conflict

We are living in a time of increasing domestic tension. Some of it stems from the presidency of Donald Trump. Another part of it...

Hypocrisy has lost all meaning

There was a time when calling someone a hypocrite could stain their reputation. No more. Like the overused and often misapplied word “racism,” hypocrisy...

Balcony people

From the beginning, I’ve been grateful for those who showed me a kindness or encouragement. Particularly during my most impressionable years. I never thought I...

Who was Jeremiah?

I thought a good thing for us to do together here in my article today in the “lazy days of summer” (I know. “Lazy?”)...

Stop arguing; have a conversation instead

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive...

A look at sportsmanship

When I was in the 7th grade, my father took me to my first high school football game. Dobyns-Bennett High School of Kingsport, Tenn.,...

The barefoot boys of summer

The large black bell on the front lawn ringing one final time signaled the end of school and start of summer vacation. Like ants...

How to respond to bullying report

Question: Our son is 13 years old and in the 7th grade. Last week he came home from school complaining about how a few...

What ‘values’ are truly ‘American’?

“My religion defines who I am. And I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life,” said Vice President Joe Biden in 2012. “I accept...
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