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Baby it’s cold outside

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Each week you can safely read this column and be assured that the topic will not be political, and there’s a good reason.

Politics just isn’t funny. (Some politicians are, but politics just isn’t). So now that the elections are finally over, we all can concentrate on something that’s really important.

Yep, I’m going to dive right into the middle of the global warming debate. It’s not being political, and it’s not really a debate. You see, for me, it’s been decided. There ain’t such a thing. I’ll explain. Read More»

Thank a veteran

David Epps's picture

Veterans Day is just a few days away. While Memorial Day calls to remembrance the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who died in the service of their country, Veterans Day commemorates all military veterans. A generation or two past, to be a veteran was a thing expected. Read More»

A movie every American ought to see

Terry Garlock's picture

Once in a while there emerges from the Hollywood production line of drivel a film noteworthy and deserving special attention. The currently playing “Fury” is a story of an American tank crew spearheading through Germany late in WWII.

Every American should see this movie, especially the academic boobs in the White House who never served in the military but now make decisions like waging a half-way, sort-of-semi-war against ISIS and sending our troops to fight Ebola in Africa, two misguided uses of our armed forces. Read More»

Africa’s tragedy

Walter Williams's picture

Here’s how my Aug. 11, 2003, column began: “Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it’s overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its people.”

More than a decade has passed since that assessment, and little has changed to suggest a more optimistic outlook. Now Ebola threatens the very existence of the West African nations Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Moreover, the deadly disease is likely to spread to neighboring nations. Read More»

Race card? Dems play whole deck

Cal Thomas's picture

Forget the race “card.” In this election, Democrats have been playing the entire race “deck.”

The Wall Street Journal has listed some of the more outrageous ads and flyers designed to frighten African-Americans into believing that all opposition to President Obama’s policies and to the Democratic Party is a sign that lynch mobs may soon return.

The milder stuff includes a letter to black voters from the Democratic National Committee appealing for racial solidarity. Imagine the response if Republicans asked for racial solidarity from white people. Read More»

Public relations...

Ronda Rich's picture

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn’t know him well, I knew him to be mean, egoistical, and quite a bully.

Stories abounded of his greed including how once he cheated a man out of a piece of land then sold it at quite a profit. He financed it so when the buyer ran into money woes, he quickly reclaimed it and sold it again. The couple of times I crossed his path, it was not pleasant so I preferred to steer clear and in that, I was not alone. Read More»

Big Stone Gap

David Epps's picture

Some months ago, I came across an article about an upcoming movie, “Big Stone Gap.” The movie is to feature Ashley Judd and Whoopi Goldberg in key roles. Based on a novel of the same name, the author is Adriana Trigiani, who grew up in the real life town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The book centers around the life of the main character, Ava Maria Mulligan. I was intrigued because Big Stone Gap is only about 35 miles across the state line from Kingsport, Tenn., where I grew up. Read More»

Gated district

We’ve finally made it. The Wife and me, we now live in a gated community with not one, but two guards. Positioned on either side, they issue orders to either open or close the gates. All who wish to enter or leave must, of course, obey their commands.

Once inside, if you dare to leave without permission or proper notification, then not one, but two different alarms will sound. And trust me, those alarms are extremely loud and impossible to ignore. Read More»

Our civic duty

Greg Moffatt's picture

I began writing this column in 1994, so this year is my 20th as a columnist and I’ve always had a personal rule that I would address issues only as they pertain to families and children.

I catalog copies of my various columns by topic. Political discourses have shown up several times over the years, but it is my goal when I address politics to be objective, nonpartisan, and to make the application to families.  Read More»

Help for Middle East Christians

Cal Thomas's picture

American Christians have been slow to the point of near silence when it comes to speaking out about the atrocities committed against their fellow believers by the Islamic State in Iraq (ISIS). The Jewish people are much better models in solidarity when Jews are persecuted.

Members of ISIS have targeted Christian churches, destroyed symbols of Christian faith and killed Christians because of their beliefs, but from American Christians we hear very little. Even President Obama, a self-described Christian, rarely speaks about the persecuted. Read More»

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