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Tyranny Of The Tamiflunatics

Beware of clickbait character assassins masquerading as “journalists.” This is a lesson America should have learned after the mass media defamation of the Covington Catholic schoolboys last year. Just a few weeks ago, innocent teenager Nick Sandmann won a multimillion-dollar settlement ...

Entrepreneurship: The Real Team Sport

In a recent episode of “SportsCenter,” discussing the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant, sportscaster Stephen A. Smith related a story about Bryant’s post-NBA career aspirations. A journalist asked Bryant whether he’d like to become a media personality like Oprah. No, Bryant reportedly ...

Perpetual Impending Doom Gets Tiresome

We will soon run out of affordable energy, and industrial society is going to implode. Just ask William Stanley Jevons, an economist who wrote “The Coal Question” in 1906. Through his careful calculations, he proved that the rate of coal use would outstrip supplies in the near future and ...

Trying To Avoid The Bulk Balk

I, like most people, I imagine, have a love-hate relationship with the big bulk stores — you know, Costco, Sam’s Club, the stores so large that they usually sit on a street named after them, the stores with shipment garage doors so massive they must have ordered them used from a UFO ...

Spread A Little Love With Love INC

This week, I’d like to highlight an important and exciting organization that does so much for the area: Love INC. This organization, also known as Love In The Name of Christ, serves as a bridge between the church, ministries and organizations and our neighbors in need. Through partnerships ...

‘Wives, Sweethearts And Concubines’

“Marriage lasting for a single breeding season seems best suited to the life of most birds and is the most frequently practiced form of bird matrimony.” Again, I am quoting from “The Family Life of Birds” which has been written by Hans D. Dossenbach. He continues, “[t]o be sure, ...

Sally Arrives With An Interesting Surprise

The third installment was met with a surprise. Sally arrived with Roosevelt. They sat adjoining one another. Sally introduced us, we shook hands, and we proceeded. Roosevelt, thank you for coming. Sally, what have you shared with Roosevelt ahead of coming together today? Sally turned to ...

Snowsuits Can Make Winter More Fun

I recently saw a photo of a friend’s baby with his snowsuit. It was a two-piece set I think but he did not have on any leggings. There was a snowsuit that was passed down through the family that I remember. It was light green and very silky. You had to be careful when you carried the baby ...

You Can’t Fix S—–

In my wife Sally’s long time job, a lot’s been taught and learned by children, mainly under the age of four. There are crafts to do, lessons in sharing toys and supplies, and restroom procedures (i.e. flush, wash, hang towel). They’re taught how to pick up after themselves. There are ...

Shopping With Your Husband Is A Mixed Bag

The best way I can describe my husband is that he’s like an old hippie. Not that he is really old and he was never a true hippie as we’d imagine one to be. He was, after all, a very good student his whole life, was an excellent running back in high school and was actually accepted into a ...

Trump: The Good, Bad And Ugly

President Donald Trump “saved the United States,” says former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. He’s one of the “smartest, most clever, and successful” presidents, says Fox’s Jeanine Pirro. No, he’s “dumb and racist,” says comedian Seth Meyers, and guilty of “rampant ...

The Good Life: Smaller Towns Get More Tourists

A part of what most of America knows as the Florida Panhandle has a closer-to-home nickname: “The Forgotten Coast.” That is a misnomer. The area is chiefly Franklin County almost directly south of the state capital of Tallahassee. It includes four communities that, by any measure, are ...

The American Dream Is Back On Its Track

If you watched the State of the Union address Tuesday night, then there’s no denying President Donald Trump is delivering a broad spectrum of victories for the American people. Don’t let power-obsessed Democrats or the fake news media fool you. On the jobs front, the Trump ...

Canine Companion: Growling Is A Form Of Communitcation

This week I sat here wondering what I should talk to you about in today’s column. You know, sometimes there’s just so much on your mind that you just have a list running through your mind, that’s been me this week. I did have a question come in this week, though. And, it was quite an ...

What A State Of Our Union

Well, I’ve finally attended a Trump rally. I thought I was showing up for Tuesday’s State of the Union address, but as soon as Donald Trump refused to shake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand, it was clear that even basic protocol would elude this impeached president. Trump’s leash ...

‘A More Or Less Perfect Union’

“A More or Less Perfect Union” is a three-part series, produced by Free to Choose Network, that will air on various PBS stations across the nation starting in February. The documentary is a personal exploration of the U.S. Constitution by Justice Douglas Ginsburg, who served on the U.S. ...

Winning Means Coming In First

In my more than half a century of hanging around the clubhouses and campaign halls of American politics, I have never once met a candidate with the first name or family name “Expected.” Yet the enduring one-size-fits-all excuse/explanation for every presidential candidate who finishes in ...

Inequality Of Effort Mars Valentine’s Day

My friend in Omaha, Nebraska, assures me that a disturbing phenomenon once focused on the coasts has invaded the heartland. He speaks of young couples where the woman is nicely dressed and her male date or mate is in slob mode. The women are neat and stylish, often wearing some (or a lot of) ...

Are Bells Tolling For Amy, Liz And Joe?

By the end of February, the race for the Democratic nomination may have come down to a choice of one of three white men. Two are well into their 70s, and either would be the oldest president ever inaugurated. The third is a 38-year-old gay in a same-sex marriage who would be our youngest ...

Mit Romney: A Modern Man For All Seasons

During his floor speech explaining his vote to convict Donald Trump, Mitt Romney was overcome by emotion and paused to compose himself. The intense moment came when he spoke of his devotion to God, saying: “I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am.” Lump in throat. ...