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Environmental Purity Agency

Dr. Marvin Folkertsma's picture

The rollout of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new draft regulation to limit greenhouse gases was accompanied by a brilliant political cartoon that showed a pair of hapless fellows with automobile mufflers protruding from their mouths, apparently to prevent any renegade CO2 exhalations from polluting the atmosphere with their climate-changing carbon halitosis.

Call this part of the agency’s 97 percent solution, based on the frequently made claim that the number represents the percentage of scientists who blame climate change on human activity. Read More»

Balkanization beckons

Pat Buchanan's picture

Speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Albuquerque in 2001, George W. Bush declared that, as Mexico was a friend and neighbor, “It’s so important for us to tear down our barriers and walls that might separate Mexico from the United States.”

Bush succeeded. And during his tenure, millions from Mexico exploited his magnanimity to violate our laws, trample upon our sovereignty, walk into our country, and remain here.

In 2007, backed by John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Teddy Kennedy and Barack Obama, Bush backed amnesty for the 12 million people who had entered America illegally. Read More»

Government spending and morality

Walter Williams's picture

During last year’s budget negotiation meetings, President Barack Obama told House Speaker John Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.” When Boehner responded, “But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem,” Obama replied, “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.”

In one sense, the president is right. What’s being called a spending problem is really a symptom of an unappreciated deep-seated national moral rot. Let’s examine it with a few questions. Read More»

Taking a walk to amazing

Mark Westmoreland's picture

This afternoon I took a long walk because I felt I needed it, first around the cathedral, then past the New Church, and then along the dike, where the mills are that one sees in the distance as one walks near the station. There is so much expressed in this familiar landscape and surrounding; it seems to say: “Be of good courage; fear not.” — Vincent Van Gogh, April 1877, in a letter to a friend Read More»

Salute to home-makers

Ronda Rich's picture

You know how attics are. They’re filled with junk, Christmas stuff and memories that you can’t toss away. The other day as I was digging through boxes, bound and determined, to find a dress pattern from 15 years ago, I found a scrapbook from my high school FHA years.

Now, some of you, of course, know that I am talking about a high school organization that stood for Future Homemakers of America. In these days of political correctness – I had to Google this to find it out – it is now called Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Read More»

'Dawn" of the Missed Opportunity

The Citizen's picture

By Kevin Thomas

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Sequels can be a mixed bag. Occasionally, a sequel can rise above its predecessor (“The Godfather Part Two” and “The Dark Knight” are examples of this), but most of the time, sequels do not meet the expectations set by their predecessors, sometimes to glaringly disappointing effect. I am extremely sad to report that “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” falls in the latter category. Read More»

From 'Appearances' to 'Foyle'

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

I’m finally of an age that I should be allowed to watch whatever television program(s) I wish without apology or explanation.

Yet here I am trying to figure out why I am delving into what feels like a visit to the confessional. “And the envelope, please?”

It takes a little time to build up a “must-watch” list strong enough to make me say with a straight face, “I’m sorry, we have plans for that evening.”

Smile.

Sorry. Read More»

Just a storyteller

David Epps's picture

A friend was telling me that, not long ago, he was in a group undergoing training at a local hospital. The members of the group were instructed to introduce themselves and share some personal information, including where they attended church.

My friend said that he attended Christ the King.

A lady in the group said, “Oh, I know that church. The pastor is David Epps. He’s the guy who writes articles about himself in the paper.”

My friend shared this with me, getting a good laugh in the process. I wasn’t offended or insulted. I was intrigued. Read More»

We have to talk

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Want to really get your kids’ attention this summer? Walk up to them and say, “We have to talk.” Add a “young man” or “young lady” before or after that phrase and watch them cringe with fear.

Throughout life, no matter who says it, “We have to talk” is never good to hear. My first encounter with those words was a long, long time ago, on a familiar street, not so far away. Read More»

Hobby Lobby: Where the real war is

Bonnie Willis's picture

I am thankful for last week’s 5 to 4 Supreme Court decision that rejected the federal government case against Hobby Lobby. At issue was Hobby Lobby’s ability to eliminate certain birth control options covered by their healthcare plan due to its religious beliefs.

Prior to the decision, and subsequent to the passage of the healthcare law (ACA or Obamacare), Hobby Lobby was faced with essentially four options.

The first was to simply comply with the federal government, avoid all penalties, fees, and legal costs, but betray their sincerely held religious beliefs. Read More»