The third step

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Growing up at 110 Flamingo, my three brothers, sister and I had summers packed full of one adventure after another. For seven years, we had dirt clod and water balloon battles, did flips off of rope swings into the cool waters of Cripple Creek, and rode trees in the Haunted Forest.

Unfortunately, in the middle of all those adventures, a few times things went horribly wrong. Those misadventures scared even us. When that happened, we never told our parents for fear they would never let us out of our rooms again.

This story is one of those misadventures. Read More»

The woods

David Epps's picture

When I was growing up in northeast Tennessee I never heard the term “forest.” Our term was “the woods.” In the vacant lot near my home, the neighborhood boys and I would play “in the woods.” In Tennessee, there are lots of opportunities to be in the woods.

Across from Ross N. Robinson Junior High School, there were woods too. Back in those days, students, even junior high students, could leave the campus and go to a local restaurant for lunch. Just across the highway was Gary’s Restaurant. Behind Gary’s were the woods. Read More»

Utterly appalling commission incumbents and former incumbents

Dennis Chase's picture

I attended the June 12th County Commission candidate debate to hear what each candidate would bring to the Board of Commissioners. Unfortunately, Mr. Hearn, Mr. Horgan and Mr. Smith included statements about the fine job they had done protecting the taxpayers’ money. Each presented detailed information about what a splendid job they had done watching over our money. But please consider the following. Read More»

A tax by any other name

Kent Kingsley's picture

The ruling the Supreme Court handed down on ObamaCare is disappointing to the majority of Americans. The unprecedented ruling limits congressional authority by limiting the commerce clause, but on the flip side expands congressional ability to tax anything they want. As you know Congress rarely misses an opportunity to raise taxes, despite what they might say. In effect anything that they cannot enforce constitutionally can now be enforced with a tax. It seems like the Constitution is becoming less relevant every day. This is not a good outcome. Read More»

Unopposed local incumbents: Problem or blessing?

Scott Bradshaw's picture

The number of unopposed incumbents qualifying for office in Fayette County indicates residents are either apathetic or just plain happy with elected officials.

Candidates for the majority of Fayette County posts are unopposed in the upcoming election and will be swept into office without the benefit of public debate, consideration of qualifications or any other meaningful community discourse.

The sample ballot for the McIntosh voting precinct reveals that 14 of the 25 races to be decided by voters in the July primary are uncontested. The uncontested races are: Read More»

Bait and switch on Obamacare

Cal Thomas's picture

When is a tax not a tax? When President Obama says it isn’t, or when the Supreme Court says it is?

Obamacare was sold on several fraudulent lines. The president knows the country doesn’t want to pay higher taxes, given the deplorable way their government spends the money. And so the administration packaged it as something different.

That’s called bait and switch, which is defined as “an illegal tactic in which a seller advertises a product with the intention of persuading customers to purchase a more expensive product.” Read More»

A judicial betrayal

Thomas Sowell's picture

Betrayal is hard to take, whether in our personal lives or in the political life of the nation. Yet there are people in Washington — too often, Republicans — who start living in the Beltway atmosphere, and start forgetting those hundreds of millions of Americans beyond the Beltway who trusted them to do right by them, to use their wisdom instead of their cleverness. Read More»

Gifts of an obituary artist

Ronda Rich's picture

A friend of mine who has a penchant for sending along lovely, thoughtful gifts outdid himself a while back. The contents of the package quickly became one of my favorite gifts ever.

I called him up immediately. “Oh thank you! I can’t recall receiving ever a better gift,” I gushed softly but sincerely. “I dearly love it.” Read More»

On this Independence Day, are we practicing our independence?

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

Last November, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a resolution “reaffirming ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States.” The next day, President Obama responded, “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney commented, “I believe that phrase in the Bible is ‘the Lord helps those who help themselves.’” (, 11/3/11). Read More»

Life on the water

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

What do you do for 14 days in the middle of a really big ocean? You eat and sleep, read and sleep, eat and go to shows you’d never bother with at home. You unwind, you chat with other travelers, you stroll the decks, buffeted by wind and sometimes rain. Read More»

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