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Obama attacks fall flat against success

He’s back! President Obama has emerged from his supposed cloistered life to attack President Trump. Obama broke with a tradition apparently only modern Republican...

It’s our Constitution that vexes liberals, not Kavanaugh

One of the best statements of how the Framers saw the role of the federal government is found in Federalist Paper 45, written by...

The truth of the truth

Several years back – I believe it would have been eight or nine years ago – I was in Nashville on book tour for...

A little truth about John McCain

PART 1 — The televised outpouring of admiration for Sen. John McCain after his recent death might make some wonder if his feet quite...

America is still here

I’m going to have them burned. That’s the protocol for respectfully disposing of worn and tattered American flags. These two flags have been at...

Come drive my car

Many years ago, I asked the English teacher who edits this column two questions: “How long should a short story be?” and, “How do...

Bipartisanship or caving in?

In the days following the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), there have been mournful cries lamenting the lack of bipartisanship for which his...

Teacher authority

As another school year begins, one of many pertinent questions is “Has the per child or per-teacher (it doesn’t matter) rate of verbal and...

A cancer on the Papacy?

This summer, the sex scandal that has bedeviled the Catholic Church went critical. First came the stunning revelation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former Archbishop of...

Miss Etta and the Lord

The steam of a Mississippi Delta morning was starting to take hold as I sat under a magnolia tree in front of the grand,...

The tragedy of Mollie Tibbetts

Why I am so affected by this most recent tragedy, I do not know. Certainly the news reports are utterly filled with pain, suffering,...

Listen very carefully

Listen very carefully because the true meaning of the story is hidden within its words. Only thinly veiled, but veiled nonetheless. I don’t profess to...

Some ideas to think about

Poverty is no mystery, and it’s easily avoidable. The poverty line that the Census Bureau used in 2016 for a single person was an...

Psssst! Pre-K is a waste of taxpayers’ money

It has long been known, but only spoken of in hushed tones by university professors sitting in darkened rooms wearing Fat Elvis masks, that...

The doctor is (not) in

If you are frustrated by wait times to see your doctor, the cost of health insurance and prescription drugs, just wait until there may...

The Pennsylvania horrors

First, the grand jury report: The accounts of abuse, humiliation and degradation on young people. And then everything hidden from view as far as...

The clothes line: Bent but unbowed

When Hurricane Irma unleashed her callousness on the Rondarosa, it was hard to see the trees, decades old, fall. “You can plant more trees,” folks...

What makes America great?

You may have noticed the echo chamber of daily gossip, otherwise known as TV news, has been chattering about New York Gov. (D) Andrew...

The Space Force warriors

The Trump Administration is proposing a new branch of the armed forces of the United States to be known as the “Space Force.” I...

Yellow Jacket extermination!

It’s one of Mother Nature’s rules – everything in nature has a purpose. If it flies, crawls, slithers, hops, or swims, I usually can...

The rules of the game

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, leading to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, has thrown progressives, the Democratic Party and...

The problem of parent-child codependency

An early childhood educator of 38 years standing left a message asking if I had advice for encouraging cooperation from parents. She reports what...

Coal, nuclear plants lose to subsidized green energy

By Paul Blair Over the past 18 months, President Trump has taken great strides to fulfill a number of major campaign promises. One major promise...

Of guilt and the late Confederacy

Anti-Confederate liberals (of various races) can’t get over the fact that pro-common-sense liberals, moderates and conservatives (of various races) can’t go over the fact...

What Irma wrought

When Hurricane Irma was closing in on coastal Georgia, it never occurred to us that the Rondarosa, located over an hour’s drive north of...

Remembering Brenda

Brenda Gibson Herron was my cousin. My dad was the oldest of eight kids and, if I remember correctly, his sister, Irene, was the...

The never-seen villain in every kid’s house

A long, long time ago on an old familiar street not so far away lived a typical family of seven for the time –...

Many colleges are a force for evil

Many of the nation’s colleges have become a force for evil and a focal point for the destruction of traditional American values. The threat to...

The Matrix at 20

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi movie classic “The Matrix,” which depicts powerful machines attempting to subdue the human race. Sometimes art...

The socialist surge that’s not coming

One of the really cool things about democracy is that voters tend to get what they want — which, um, can also turn out...

Who comes first: Child or husband?

Question: I am stepfather to my wife’s only child, age 8, from her first marriage. My wife always and in every way puts her...

The South did rise again

In the first half of the 20th century, the South lost many of its people to northern and western migration. Much of the loss...

New frontiers for patient power

The idea behind Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) is a simple one: Instead of giving all our health care dollars to a third party (employer,...

The legacies

When Daddy and Mama died, there was no great wealth left behind – though what they were able to leave was truly remarkable for...
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