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Should free speech be absolute?

David Epps's picture

The civilized world is aghast at the violence visited upon the French cartoonists and journalists who were murdered by Islamic Jihadists. The French publication, Charlie Hebdo, is well known for taking satirical swipes at almost everybody. The gunmen claimed that they were massacring the employees of the publication because Charlie Hebdo had insulted Islam’s prophet. The gunmen were killed by police but violent incidents continue in Europe. Read More»

The red sweater

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The doors of the university library opened just as a gust of wintery wind howled across the main concourse. An invisible frigid hand reached through the opening and turned pages of magazines and newspapers stacked on the front desk, startling the student attendant.

The reaction garnered a smile from the old man hunched alone at the table closest to the windows, just as it had the week before. This time, the aged skin around his eyes crinkled almost to the point of cracking. In this life, he didn’t smile too often. He didn’t have much cause to do so. Or so his story goes. Read More»

Ernst’s sister-in-law now a senator

Terry Garlock's picture
For a conservative like me, Obama’s State of the Union speeches severely test a strong stomach. But the Republican response televised Tuesday night was a brilliant ray of sunshine, delivered by Iowa’s new Republican Senator, Joni Ernst.

Obama’s same old song

Cal Thomas's picture

Here’s a suggestion for Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator from Iowa, who will deliver the GOP response to the State of the Union address Tuesday night. Get a chorus together and open with this old Sammy Cahn-Jule Styne number: “It seems to me I’ve heard that song before; it’s from an old familiar score, I know it well, that melody.” Read More»

Look to Europe for diversity in action

Thomas Sowell's picture

Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe, and European governments’ counter-attacks are more than just a passing news story.

Europe is currently in the process of paying the price for years of importing millions of people from a culture hostile to the fundamental values of Western culture. And this is by no means the last of the installments of that price, to be paid in blood and lives, for smug elites’ Utopian self-indulgences in moral preening and gushing with the magic word “diversity.” Read More»

Will the West defend itself?

Walter Williams's picture

Leftists and progressives believe that the U.S. should become more like Europe. They praise Europe’s massive welfare state, socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism. I wonder whether America’s leftists and progressives want to import some of Europe’s barbaric extremism associated with its Muslim population. Read More»

The case of chainsaw assault

Ronda Rich's picture

To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country, wanted a chainsaw. The one farm accessory that has brought down many a man. From an early age, I was taught respect for that chewing, sawing, respect-for-no-man power tool.

Tink, when he sets his heart and mind on something, is like a crafty teenager wearing out a parent to get what he wants. He begins a steady, strategic assault that puts General Sherman to shame. He follows me from room to room and will not stop pleading his case. Read More»

Growth of the Chamber

Carolyn Cary's picture

Growth of the Chamber

Back in 1967 there were a number of business folks who realized it was time to put together a Chamber of Commerce for Fayette County. 

They needed some secretarial help and I was drafted. A local attorney put together all the legal necessities and one was born.

There were very few places to meet in the county at that time and no funds to rent an office, even if one were available.

Consequently I ran the Chamber out of my living room its first four years. Read More»

Crazily optimistic

Rick Ryckeley's picture

They say doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result is the definition of crazy. Don’t really know who “they” are, but yesterday morning that’s exactly what I did.

Even though I’d done the same thing for years, I hoped for a different outcome. Just call me crazy – crazily optimistic. Surprisingly, this time, the final outcome was indeed different. But for the beginning of this story, we have to travel back some 45 years. Read More»

Life at 64

David Epps's picture

I celebrated another birthday this past week. I suppose that normally would be nothing to think very much about, but I recently learned that over 10 percent of my high school graduating class has passed from the scene.

Some 40 or more graduates of the Dobyns-Bennett High School, of Kingsport, Tenn., class of 1969 are gone. I am among those who have survived — thus far. Read More»

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