My grandson’s dream

My grandson, Isaac Epps, is a United States Marine Corps recruit finishing up his third week of boot camp at infamous Parris Island, S.C. It was 47 years ago this month that I arrived at Parris Island. It was, at the same time, the best and the worst experience of my young life. In a […]

I’ve lost it

The Drill Sargeant. That was gonna be the title of this story. That is, until I lost it. Now to some of you Dear Readers out there, that statement comes as no surprise. To others, such self-analyzing by yours truly has been long overdue. But in either case, the facts still point to one undeniable […]

Reconciling faith and politics

I have written columns that were deeply personal, some that were somewhat controversial, and some that were simply jovial reflections, but this one has gnawed at me for years. It touches on why I started writing opinion columns and why I think voices like mine are so desperately needed in this day and age. When […]

Trump and the media: Demolition derby

The traditional media have decided not to take President Trump’s insults lying down. After what may be the strongest — and to his supporters — most thrilling takedown of journalists by any president, Editor and Publisher magazine featured this headline: “Newspapers Aim to Ride ‘Trump Bump’ to Reach Readers, Advertisers.” They may hate him, but […]

The deep state targets Trump

When Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser, Bill Kristol purred his satisfaction, “If it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.” To Kristol, the permanent regime, not the elected president and his government, is the real defender and rightful repository of our liberties. Yet it was […]

Going off the grid

One summer night, a few years before Mama died, I tried to call her but there was no answer. An hour later with still no answer, I was pacing the floor and debating whether or not to jump in the car and take the 22-minute drive to her house. “If she doesn’t answer this time, […]

Who likes to pay taxes? Nobody

And while we Fayette County residents don’t like taxes, we do like the unique quality of life we’ve come to enjoy in our county. In normal times, most of our government services, such as public safety, recreational amenities, roads, and infrastructure maintenance, are financed from property taxes and sales tax, with the income and outgo […]

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