Opinion

Learnard: ‘Stop the insanity!’

Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color or membership in certain minority groups.

Most lawsuits that arise under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act involve challenges to at-large election scenarios like the one we have here in Fayette County.

Section 2 litigation usually involves a claim that an entity such as a county, a city or a school board is in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, resulting in an inability of minorities to elect a candidate of their choice. Read More»

FCHS senior gives MHS freshman advice on manners

Although Andrew Russell beat me to the punch, I decided to submit my letter in refutation to March 18’s letter “Freshman decries loss of rights,” which is why you’re reading this right now.

Much like Andrew, many of my peers at Fayette County High School and I were bothered to see such a horrid display of self-control from the MHS freshman, in the form of her bumbling letter defaming McIntosh High’s policy on technology use (a county-wide policy, in this case more specifically directed towards phones). Read More»

Words gone astray

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Words and phrases that have long been in circulation sometimes sneak around and bite you on the backside.
I usually celebrate the vernal equinox by watching for new words and phrases admitted to the Oxford English Dictionary long before they come into common use.
This year the chief new word was “selfie.” I thought it had to do with tittering British school girls, but suddenly I see or hear it everywhere, and it has nothing to do with young girls. It’s a comfortable word, easy to use, fairly organic. Read More»

Is your church a cult?

David Epps's picture

In the 1970s, while living in another state, my family and I began attending a church. The pastor was warm, friendly, energetic, a great teacher, and seemed enthusiastically happy to see us arrive. The church was multi-racial, something unusual in the South in those days, and was full of young adults and children. There was uplifting praise, wonderful worship, and a solid and conservative theological outlook. It was a Christian church.

It was also a cult. Read More»

Horrors of Spring Cleaning

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Mom had no idea what she had done. She had ruined not just my life, but my three brothers’ and sister’s lives also. It was too late to try to undo the damage. The garbage truck had already pulled away hours earlier from 110 Flamingo Street and, along with it, all of our most prized possessions. At 8 years old, it was my first encounter with the horrors of Spring Cleaning. It wouldn’t be the last. Read More»

What’s faith got to do with it?

William Murchison's picture

What a joy to find the New York Times editorial page staff on duty whenever a tough moral question arises, such as, “Can the U.S. government require business owners claiming religious liberty privileges to fund contraceptive care for employees?”

Sure, natch, you bet, returns the Times, doubtless to the relief of the U.S. Supreme Court, which takes up the question formally this week in yet another suit stemming from Obamacare. Read More»

Obamacare vs. business owners’ religious beliefs

Dr. John A. Sparks's picture

Conestoga Wood Specialties is a wood cabinets business located in Lancaster County, Pa. It is organized as a for-profit corporation and the businesses voting shares are owned by members of a single family — the Hahns. They are Mennonite Christians. Conestoga has approximately 1,000 employees. Read More»

Missing: A foreign policy

Cal Thomas's picture

What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may eventually be discovered, but there is something else that has been missing for much longer and its “disappearance” has far greater implications for America. It is our foreign policy. Can anyone say what it is?

With Russia’s Vladimir Putin behaving like a modern Catherine the Great in his efforts to annex Crimea and possibly all of Ukraine, what is our policy toward Russia, which is behaving increasingly like its former, supposedly dead, communist self? Read More»

Precious memories really are

Ronda Rich's picture

In the tiny country church where I spent most of the first 22 years of my life, where I found the Lord at the age of 11, where, without fail, I had the leading part in every Christmas pageant and where my daddy laid down the law in more ways than one, we sang hymns from a brown songbook and a green one that were filled with the haunting melodies that have penetrated the Appalachians for many decades. Read More»

Argument by NAACP fails

Thank you for your well-written letter exposing the hypocrisy of those behind the NAACP lawsuit.

If there was any truth to their argument that the County Commission was not interested in the concerns of those living in what is now District 5, how much less are they now going to be interested when four of the five commissioners no longer need be concerned with their vote? Read More»

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