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The Great Marshmallow war, conclusion

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Last week we left the kids of Flamingo Street camped out in Neighbor Thomas’s backyard.

They were all engaged in a heated marshmallow war. Taking a break to laugh at my spider dance, little did they know the midnight marshmallow war was about to get hotter and bigger than any could possible imagine.

As I turned around my three brothers, and the kids in Thomas’s backyard were still laughing at me, and why not?

It was the first time they had seen one of us covered in spider webs, running and screaming, doing a spider dance all the way down to the edge of the swamp in our backyard. Read More»

Do we take the Bible for granted?

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

One recent morning, one of our students had a strong prompting that she should take her Bible to school. She put it in her book bag, and as she began every class, she’d open her book bag and glance at her Bible. As she started her last class, this time she took her Bible out of her bag.

Immediately, a student sitting next to her asked, “Is that a Bible? May I please see it? My parents will not allow me to have a Bible. I would love to look at it for a moment.”

This student from Southeast Asia held the Bible in her hands for the first time, and was so grateful to get to quickly scan it. Read More»

Hijacking the civil rights movement

Bonnie Willis's picture

This past weekend our family had the opportunity to attend a college graduation ceremony. It was a proud moment in one of our family member’s life, and we were happy to support her and share with our children something to which they can aspire.

Unfortunately, the keynote speaker, who was a civil rights activist, made contradictory statements I would not want my children to emulate. Read More»

70 years ago, our boys charged into history

Loran Smith's picture

Seventy years ago this week, we had survived the Normandy invasion, principally Omaha Beach. The Allies had triumphed the Nazis in the fiercest of landings on the shores of France’s beaches. We had a toe-hold on the continent, but the incumbent Germans were resisting mightily and were determined to push us back into the sea.

Having slept through the invasion, Chancellor Adolph Hitler was now convinced that Normandy was not the feint he had insisted it to be and realized there would be no larger scale crossing at Calais, 200 miles to the north. Read More»

Negotiating with terrorists

Cal Thomas's picture

Euphoria over the Taliban’s release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was quickly tempered by media reports that Bergdahl had abandoned his post and that his father made comments opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bergdahl’s father tweeted, “I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child.”

Does that include those children killed while being used as human shields by the Taliban? Where is Bergdahl’s concern for women who die from “honor killings” and for girls who are denied an education? Read More»

The ‘minimum wage’: There’s no such thing as a free lunch

Jeffrey Dorfman's picture

Last month (May), voters in Switzerland voted by an overwhelming 76 percent to 24 percent to reject the establishment of Switzerland’s first minimum wage. The proposed wage floor was about $24 per hour and would have been the highest minimum wage in the world if the referendum had passed.

A large part of its rejection at the ballot box was a strong informational campaign by employer groups who explained that such a high minimum wage would mean many lower wage workers losing their jobs. Read More»

The Ambassador and the post office

Thomas Sowell's picture

At one time, people in India had to get on a waiting list to buy Hindustan Motors’ Ambassador automobile, even though it was an obvious copy of Britain’s Morris Oxford of some decades earlier. The reason was simple: the Indian government would not allow cars to be imported to compete with it. Read More»

Bergdahl: Is he a war hero or a deserter?

Pat Buchanan's picture

“We needed to get him out of there, essentially to save his life.”

So said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, an Army sergeant in Vietnam, of Barack Obama’s trade of five hard-core Taliban leaders at Guantanamo for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban prisoner for five years.

The trade speaks well of America’s‘s resolve to leave no soldier behind. And the country surely shared the joy of Bergdahl’s family on learning their son was alive and coming home. Read More»

Your trash becomes my spring yard work

Dr. Gary L. Welton's picture

After I picked up the sticks in the yard and raked the leaves that had collected over the winter, I perused the lawn and enjoyed the various signs of spring. A few crocuses were already in bloom. The daffodils were starting to poke up. Indeed, that last little pile of snow disappeared that very afternoon. Then I looked toward the road.

The melted snow had revealed enough litter to fill my entire garbage can. Fast food wrappers and cups; beverage cans and bottles; even a few diapers. Read More»

Hot pink luggage

Ronda Rich's picture

Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama’s house. That’s when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.

You know the feeling, I am sure. You find something that somewhere back in time meant so much, but years have passed and you have forgotten its existence. Then you find it and it’s like running into an old friend who reminds you of happy times. Read More»

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