Opinion

A Ghost Story

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Some years ago we were heading home from a 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, hunched over the little tray-table, catching up with his delinquent journal. Read More»

Remote for a dinosaur

Rick Ryckeley's picture

September marks the start of the 14th year for this weekly column. Many thanks to you, dear reader, for making it all possible. Without your faithful readership, the many adventures growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, the stories about The Wife and The Boy, and the general observations of life might never have made their way to print. Unfortunately, this could be the last one. Read More»

Showtime!

David Epps's picture

There’s something about the opening game of high school football season. There’s a “feel” in the air that announces that all is ready for gridiron combat.

I played a total of eight seasons of football, counting junior high, high school, and military ball.

I saw my first high school football game when, in the seventh grade in 1964, my dad took me to see Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett defeat Jellico High School 89-0 on their way to a 9-0-1 season and the 1964 Tennessee State Football Championship. Read More»

What is the origin of our ‘rights’?

Dave Richardson's picture

The silence is deafening from a recent court ruling. No mainstream news agency reported this significant decision from the European Court of Human Rights.

Just weeks ago this high European court reaffirmed its 2012 verdict stating there is no right to gay marriage. It is as if the event never happened, unless you read Breitbart.com.

This is because the media along with the cultural elite in this country are convinced that gay marriage is a fundamental right, so any story that opposes that narrative will get little traction. Read More»

Race and ‘Finding Your Roots’

Cal Thomas's picture

From 1948 to 1961, there was a show called “This Is Your Life,” hosted by Ralph Edwards. In it, an unsuspecting celebrity was lured to a place by a friend or family member where Edwards would surprise them. People from the celebrity’s past would then come out one by one and tell stories of the celebrity’s early life.

A modern-day version of that program is “Finding Your Roots,” the latest in a brilliant series about race, identity and heritage hosted by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Scheduled to air Sept. 23 through Nov. 25 on PBS. Check your local listings.) Read More»

Dealing with barbarism: V-J Day and beyond

Dr. Marvin Folkertsma's picture

On Sept. 2, 1945, V-J Day, the funeral-like solemnity of the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri was shattered by the thunder of 400 B-29 bombers flying overhead, accompanied by an additional 1,500 carrier aircraft.

In a bay packed with 260 Allied warships, the effect of such an overwhelming demonstration of power could hardly fail to impress. The aerial procession roared over the remains of an empire whose hordes had swept across Asia like a scythe of murder and annihilation for the previous decade and a half. Read More»

Needed: Intense face time with Vladimir

Dr. Earl Tilford's picture

President Barack Obama has spent a lot of TV face time opining on race relations in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2009, on the George Zimmerman trial of 2012-13, on the riots in a St. Louis suburb last month, and plenty more.

His attention was fixed on fundraising in Las Vegas when terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, on fundraising in New York when a Malaysian plane was shot down by Russians, and he was vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard while Russia furthered its aggression against the sovereign state of Ukraine. Read More»

The ones who lift you up

Ronda Rich's picture

Over the years, I’ve crossed paths with many who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, “ain’t worth the breath they draw.”

Many are the times that I have pondered the difference between those who succeed and those who just seem to roll over and give up. Here would be a logical place to say that talent, intellect, ambition, energy and common sense paves the way to achievement while laziness, poor decisions and addictions throw obstacles in the way. Read More»

What’s behind the new $3 ‘leak’ fee?

I have received the Fayette County Water System notice about the Excessive Leak Protection Program and am writing to insist on a public unveiling of supporting data for this new fee.

It seems to me that $3 per month per household is an excessive amount to cover their losses for leaks in residential plumbing. Read More»

$3 water fee ‘scheme’: No customer input

According to a recent notice from the Fayette County Water System to its customers: “Effective July 1, 2014, the Fayette County Water System implemented an excessive Leak Protection Program. We have implemented this program to financially assist our customers in dealing with large, unintentional water leaks.”

Is this program yet another scheme of Steve Brown and Steve Rapson to extract money from paying water customers without these customers’ input? Read More»