The battleground — a child’s imagination

Bonnie Willis's picture

The other day, my son asked me, “Mommy, will I be a boy or a man when I get to heaven?”

I told him truthfully, “I don’t know.”

He then said, “Well, if I get to choose, I want to stay a boy; and you would always be Mommy and Daddy would always be Daddy.” Read More»

Dark night and the reality of evil

Cal Thomas's picture

By now the script should be familiar. A bombing or a mass shooting occurs and the media immediately look for a simple cause. Invariably, they turn to talk radio or some other conservative pit of “intolerance.”

Within recent memory are tragedies like the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 1999 massacre at Columbine, the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings and the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson. Read More»

Race riots and silence of the media

Thomas Sowell's picture

When I first saw a book with the title, “White Girl Bleed A Lot” by Colin Flaherty, I instantly knew what it was about, even though I had not seen the book reviewed anywhere, and knew nothing about the author.

That is because I had encountered that phrase before, while doing research for the four new chapters on intellectuals and race that I added to the revised edition of my own book, “Intellectuals and Society,” published this year. Read More»

The Lord and His less than humble servants

William Murchison's picture

Every human trend (as those of us who’ve seen a few will affirm) looks fixed, untouchable, set in ready-mixed concrete. Until, to be sure, something else happens and the betting begins anew.

The leadership of the Episcopal Church has the notion that objectors to the present leadership style better get used to an eternity of choose-your-own-truth theology. Don’t bet the 401(k) on it: accounts of the church’s recent General Convention notwithstanding. Read More»

The looming triple tax hike in your future

Merrill Matthews's picture

Imagine if your taxes tripled — literally overnight.

The so-called Bush tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year. That means that all of the current income tax rates will rise to pre-2001 levels overnight.

The lowest rate will jump from 10 percent to 15 percent and the highest from 35 percent to 39.6 percent.

Although Congress extended all of the cuts at the end of last year, it’s now debating whether to let those cuts expire for individuals making $200,000, and families earning $250,000. Read More»

Dale was in a hurry

Ronda Rich's picture

Several years ago, I was in Talladega for the NASCAR race and had stopped by the Number 3 truck to see Richard Childress and Dale Earnhardt.

Earnhardt, as usual, was picking and poking at me over one thing or the other. I threw back a quick quip over something and he chuckled merrily, characteristically lifting one corner of his lip and mustache as he snickered. Read More»

Outdoor chapel?

Justin Kollmeyer's picture

Have you ever been to an “outdoor chapel?” A rustic one like the ones at summer camp or traditionally associated with a beautiful spot in the mountains? And when I say “rustic,” I’m not talking about “old and decrepit,” but simply with nothing but the bare necessities; with benches made of smooth wooden planks reaching across short stumps or posts, lined up facing or gathered around a simple, yet beautiful wooden altar. And probably behind the altar is a cross. Read More»

Ghost story

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Several years ago we were on another long-distance trek, when we heard a traveler’s ghost story on a two-day train ride from the Canadian west coast to Jasper, Alberta.

After the first 10 hours or so, not even the spectacle of the Rockies’ snowcapped peaks could keep us entertained. We struck up a conversation with a slender lad across the aisle, who had been hunched over the little tray-table, catching up his delinquent journal.   Read More»

Common Sense

Kent Kingsley's picture

“We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

We all recognize this as the preamble to the Constitution. With pivotal elections occurring this year, it is instructive to compare the ideals of the preamble with the performance of Congress and the President. Read More»

More T-SPLOST games

Terry Garlock's picture

I have a few thoughts to add to my column last week on T-SPLOST.

Sunday morning provides a number of TV choices for political updates. One of those is The Georgia Gang, a roundtable discussion of local issues among four regulars, two conservatives and two liberals.

As you might predict, T-SPLOST is an escalating topic on this show as the July 31 vote approaches, and one of the liberals, Jeff Dickerson, is a constant and strong advocate of T-SPLOST. Read More»