Opinion

Christmas traditions

Rick Ryckeley's picture

If asked, most folks will say they have traditions surrounding the holidays unique only to their family.

Some have ugly sweater parties, others collect nutcrackers from all corners of the world, and at least one neighbor decorates their house with so many lights that the display can be seen from outer space.

While growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, my family was no exception when it came to having family traditions.

Although, looking back, some of those traditions might seem downright strange. Read More»

Christmas traditions

David Epps's picture

It is the season for traditions. When I was a child, everyone on my mother’s side of the family gathered for a Christmas Eve dinner at the home of my mother’s parents. My mom had two sisters and, all together, they produced six grandchildren. It was a lively gathering with wonderful food and lots of conversation. Read More»

Where is the spirit of giving?

Bonnie Willis's picture

There is something truly special about this time of year, as we, as a nation, seem to recognize that this is the season for giving. Many of us are blessed in that despite difficult financial circumstances, we still have the ability to give something – even if it is a simple card. Recently, I had a conversation that motivated me to come out of my self-imposed sabbatical and write this article on giving. Read More»

Will you support an extraordinary American?

Terry Garlock's picture
There is a man, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn C. Cashe, who richly deserves the Medal of Honor, America’s highest award for valor in combat against an enemy. I am asking for your help to petition on his behalf.
 
Russ Vaugn recently wrote about the events in Iraq in 2005. Before he deployed, SFC Cashe’s sister heard him say he would never leave one of his soldiers behind, and she scolded him not to be a hero, to learn to duck and come home. He told her, “... I have to take care of my boys.”
 
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Nothing under the tree . . . is Christmas

Greg Moffatt's picture

Nothing under the tree is Christmas. Let me explain.

Like most children, when I was little, I thought Christmas was about presents. They awaited me under the tree and the excitement about Christmas morning was more than I could stand. I stared for hours at the large, hot Christmas lights on our tree and wondered what was in the packages beneath it.

But after Christmas presents were opened and the area underneath the tree was bare, I felt hollow – like I had missed something. Read More»

Tortured reasoning

Thomas Sowell's picture

Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were “torture.”

But any serious discussion of a serious issue — and surely terrorism qualifies as serious — has to move beyond semantics and confront the ultimate question: “Compared to what alternative?”

If you knew that there was a hidden nuclear time bomb planted somewhere in New York City — set to go off today — and you had a captured terrorist who knew where and when, would you not do anything whatever to make him tell you where and when? Read More»

Should profiling be banned?

Walter Williams's picture

Last week, the Obama administration announced new curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement. Before deciding whether this is good or bad policy, we might try to develop a description/definition of racial profiling or any other kind of profiling.

A good definition of profiling in general is the use of an easily observed physical characteristic as a guess for some other, difficult-to-observe characteristic. The reason people profile is that information is costly and they seek methods to economize on information costs. One way to do that is through profiling. Read More»

American Dream still is thriving

Ronda Rich's picture

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with that disagreement.

But that would not be the case with a reader named Lois who took me to task for a column on the American Dream. I lamented that we’re not doing enough to extol it. I asked, “Why aren’t we celebrating the opportunities of a country where the poor can rise mightily?” Read More»

Vandals extinguish Xmas decorations

For years the kind people who live on 206 Raintree Bend have been putting out their inflatable yard decorations to the delight of many, including my family. My daughter is 7 and cannot recall a Christmas without seeing the inflatables in their yard.

Although we no longer live in the neighborhood, we have family that does. We look forward to seeing the decorations every year, as usually a new one is added each year — Winnie the Pooh, Mickey and Minnie, even Yoda. We were so excited to see them out last week. Read More»

What are high-profile black athletes implying?

So, when these high-profile black athletes make a public show of solidarity with their arrested black brothers, I thought, “It’s good to see them taking a visible stand against our nation’s acceptance of black children growing up in worlds of fear and violence where they learn to disrespect society and the law.”

But what if these athletes are just basically doing the same as so many gutless black “leaders,” especially the President, implying that police brutality is the painfully real underlying issue here? Read More»

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