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Is law optional?

Thomas Sowell's picture

The fiasco of “Rolling Stone” magazine’s apology for an unsubstantiated claim of gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house — and the instant rush to judgment of the university administration in shutting down all fraternities, when those charges were made — should warn us about the dangers of having serious legal issues dealt with by institutions with no qualifications for that role.

Rape is a crime. It belongs in a criminal justice courtroom. And those found guilty belong behind bars for a long time. Read More»

Ryan’s hope for Congress

Cal Thomas's picture

Like two predatory animals circling each other, Republicans and Democrats are trying to sort out the meaning of last month’s election and plan strategies for the remaining days of the current Congress and the new one in which Republicans will hold majorities in both houses.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), soon to be chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, spoke with me about the election and his party’s strategy going forward. Read More»

Old money & old yards

Ronda Rich's picture

Sometimes, I look across our yard and sigh somewhat woefully, “Too much of that stubborn red Georgia clay shines through.” I think, “Oh, one day ...”

This I have been thinking for six or seven years. I’d love for grass to grow where the orangey-redness dominates and the rocks glitter in the unblinking sun. It takes hard work, money, dedication, and water to do what I’d like to do. I can supply the hard work and much of the dedication but the money and water are bosses unto themselves. Read More»

The solace of the ocean

David Epps's picture

I first saw the ocean when I was 19 years old. I was a young Marine Corps private stationed at a military base in Virginia and, one weekend, several of us ventured to Virginia Beach.

I was awed by the immensity, the power, the beauty, and the mystery of the ocean. That evening, while my comrades were bar-hopping and trying to pick up girls, I sat on the beach until long into the night. It was, for me, a place of peace, of calm, of solace. It has remained so throughout the years. Read More»

I saw Santa

Rick Ryckeley's picture

With just three weeks left to shop for all those important Christmas gifts, there’s no need to worry. You can now mark me off your list.

Last week I received the one gift that I’d been wishing for all my life. Yep, yours truly got to meet the man himself. I got to meet the real Santa!

The Wife and I had gone to the Fox Theater in downtown Atlanta to see a Christmas concert by Mannheim Steamroller. We arrived a little early, made our way to our seats, but didn’t stay seated long. Read More»

Opinions versus facts

Thomas Sowell's picture

Everyone seems to have an opinion about the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri. But, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say, “You’re entitled to your own opinion but you’re not entitled to your own facts.”

Soon after the shooting death of Michael Brown, this 285-pound young man was depicted as a “gentle giant.” But, after a video was leaked, showing him bullying the owner of a store from which he had stolen some merchandise, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed displeasure that the video was leaked. In other words, to Holder the truth was offensive, but the lie it exposed was not. Read More»

Restitution and shaming

Cal Thomas's picture

No matter whose side you are on in the upheaval following the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, everyone should agree on the profound sadness of it all: sadness that an 18-year-old boy-man walked a path that led to his destruction; sadness that a police officer felt the need to defend himself by shooting another human being; sadness over the rioting and looting that followed a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Wilson; and for some, sadness that Wilson was not indicted. Read More»

Justified South

Ronda Rich's picture

Hollywood, more often than not, gets it wrong about the South in movies and television. When they do get it right, we Southerners are both amazed and appreciative.

The best example of pinpointing near perfect the Appalachian South is the FX drama “Justified,” which, to show how good it is, was awarded the prestigious Peabody Award for outstanding drama. I am such a stout admirer of this modern day western about a United States marshal that I have given countless DVD sets to friends.

“It was our favorite Christmas present,” my sister, a longtime fan of Westerns, said. Read More»

3 feet deep in snow

Carolyn Cary's picture

In the Akron area of Northern Ohio I don’t recall us having over 3 feet of snow at any one time, certainly not the 6 and 8 feet of weeks ago.

I recall one time in November in the mid 1940’s that on a weekend the Methodist churches in Akron asked families to house a visitor or two from north Ohio churches for a Methodist Youth Fellowship member (MYF for short) for a Youth conference.

My parents graciously offered to take two visitors to spend Friday and Saturday night with us. They were all picked up at one church on Friday night, and it had begun to snow softly. Read More»

Have an attitude of gratitude

Cal Thomas's picture

If Thomas Jefferson could be faulted for one thing in composing the Declaration of Independence, it might be his inclusion of the words “the pursuit of happiness” in the text.

Happiness is a vapor that cannot be grasped; a temporary feeling based on transitory circumstances akin to the euphoria of a full-on sugar rush. Happiness is good for a time, but it cannot last. Life invariably intervenes. Read More»