Opinion

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»

From Thank-Mas to Thanksgiving

William Murchison's picture

Thanks-mas — as our new winter holiday deserves to become known, with pumpkins and red-and-green lights merging in anticipatory celebration — only partly occludes the opportunities for national and personal gratitude widespread in Novembers past.

Such opportunities as can be found might, if grasped, afford a few moments of useful reflection on America’s present challenges. Those challenges have many forms and shapes, but a certain political character seems to shove most others aside. Read More»

Forgiveness

David Epps's picture

It is a strong truth that the God of Scripture is willing to forgive — more willing that we often believe.

Some find that a difficult concept, especially those whose lives have been filled with terrible decisions and flagrant sins. Read More»

Movie Review: 'Mockingjay'

Kevin Thomas's picture

Back in 2012, I put the original “Hunger Games” on my Best of the Year list. It had everything I love about film: intriguing characters, intense action and a very engaging narrative.

It left me pumped up and ready for “Catching Fire.”

While I was not as big a fan of “Catching Fire” as other critics, I did enjoy it for the same reasons they did: a tight story, even better action and great development of its characters.

The biggest flaw with that film was its ending, which I will not spoil for those who haven’t seen it. Read More»

Eating my own words

Rick Ryckeley's picture

This Thanksgiving, I’m departing from our regular feast of turkey, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, and all the other traditional foods for dinner. And I won’t be eating pumpkin or apple pie for dessert either.

This year I’ll be eating my words for the main course and then a heaping serving of humble pie for dessert.

What has caused such a drastic change in the holiday menu at our house, you may ask? Read More»

A Thanksgiving story

Cal Beverly's picture

A Thanksgiving story

By Cal Beverly

I have a Thanksgiving story. It happened two years ago.

A few days after receiving a new lens in my eye to correct a clouding condition called cataracts, I awoke on a Saturday morning just before Thanksgiving to find my newfound sharp vision in that eye had gone blurry.

There was no pain, just blurry where there had been sharpness. I panicked. Why do emergencies mostly happen after hours or on weekends, when your regular doctor is nowhere to be found? Read More»

Minimize religion in public office

Terry Garlock's picture

David Barlow’s recently misplaced theological rant from his County Commissioner’s chair illustrated just how misguided it is to preach personal religious views while conducting the business of voters. I’ll share some related thoughts.

I recently gave my young adult daughter a little book I wrote for her and had bound – trying to boost the chance she would read it – chock full of my advice on a number of subjects. Read More»

Elites’ contempt for you

Walter Williams's picture

Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and paid architect of Obamacare, has shocked and disgusted many Americans.

In 2013, he explained to a University of Pennsylvania audience: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure (the Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.” He added that the “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.” Read More»

Cooking with a friend

Ronda Rich's picture

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren’t planned. They’re born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

That’s how my longtime friend, Karen Peck, and I began cooking our Thanksgiving meal together. First, you must know this: Our friendship, strong and true, dates back to the long ago days of braces and freckles. Karen still has her freckles and two years ago, when a front tooth started to move, I went back to a retainer. Some things never change. Some things change back and forth. Read More»

Volunteer to dig out Lake Peachtree

Having previously opined in these pages my personal angst related to empty grassy knolls where there once was a lake and the sense of urgency that I believe needs to attend the planned dredging and repair of the Lake Peachtree dam spillway, one might assume that maximum dredging is also my desire.

To the contrary, I look at the maps offered showing the extra slivers of shoreline that would be dredged with a cost borne by the city citizens and have to say, “No way”!

First off, the cost estimate seems ridiculously high, has way too large a variance and includes way too many “unknowns.” Read More»