Should free speech be absolute?

David Epps's picture

The civilized world is aghast at the violence visited upon the French cartoonists and journalists who were murdered by Islamic Jihadists. The French publication, Charlie Hebdo, is well known for taking satirical swipes at almost everybody. The gunmen claimed that they were massacring the employees of the publication because Charlie Hebdo had insulted Islam’s prophet. The gunmen were killed by police but violent incidents continue in Europe. Read More»

The red sweater

Rick Ryckeley's picture

The doors of the university library opened just as a gust of wintery wind howled across the main concourse. An invisible frigid hand reached through the opening and turned pages of magazines and newspapers stacked on the front desk, startling the student attendant.

The reaction garnered a smile from the old man hunched alone at the table closest to the windows, just as it had the week before. This time, the aged skin around his eyes crinkled almost to the point of cracking. In this life, he didn’t smile too often. He didn’t have much cause to do so. Or so his story goes. Read More»

Ernst’s sister-in-law now a senator

Terry Garlock's picture
For a conservative like me, Obama’s State of the Union speeches severely test a strong stomach. But the Republican response televised Tuesday night was a brilliant ray of sunshine, delivered by Iowa’s new Republican Senator, Joni Ernst.

Obama’s same old song

Cal Thomas's picture

Here’s a suggestion for Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator from Iowa, who will deliver the GOP response to the State of the Union address Tuesday night. Get a chorus together and open with this old Sammy Cahn-Jule Styne number: “It seems to me I’ve heard that song before; it’s from an old familiar score, I know it well, that melody.” Read More»

Look to Europe for diversity in action

Thomas Sowell's picture

Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe, and European governments’ counter-attacks are more than just a passing news story.

Europe is currently in the process of paying the price for years of importing millions of people from a culture hostile to the fundamental values of Western culture. And this is by no means the last of the installments of that price, to be paid in blood and lives, for smug elites’ Utopian self-indulgences in moral preening and gushing with the magic word “diversity.” Read More»

Will the West defend itself?

Walter Williams's picture

Leftists and progressives believe that the U.S. should become more like Europe. They praise Europe’s massive welfare state, socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism. I wonder whether America’s leftists and progressives want to import some of Europe’s barbaric extremism associated with its Muslim population. Read More»

The case of chainsaw assault

Ronda Rich's picture

To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country, wanted a chainsaw. The one farm accessory that has brought down many a man. From an early age, I was taught respect for that chewing, sawing, respect-for-no-man power tool.

Tink, when he sets his heart and mind on something, is like a crafty teenager wearing out a parent to get what he wants. He begins a steady, strategic assault that puts General Sherman to shame. He follows me from room to room and will not stop pleading his case. Read More»

An alternative to MLK Day proposed

As we once again celebrate a great orator, leader and inspirational figure, we must also realize there’s a correct and equal way to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

No other holiday is named for just one person. Presidents Day is for all presidents, Memorial Day is for all those who died in wars, Mother’s Day is for all mothers and Veterans Day is for all veterans. All of these holidays are for those regardless of religions, sex or race. (Columbus Day should be renamed Founders Day or Discovery Day and Christmas is a religious holiday). Read More»

School board should try cheaper web solutions

I kept my mouth shut last year when I saw that the Fayette County Board of Education had given a $70,000 job to the wife of the superintendent. Poor guy is just making do with ... what ... 190,000 bucks a year!

Now the board, with its dirt-rich superintendent, has a new scheme to spend $200,000 of the taxpayers’ money on some Internet-based program that does everything but slice bread.

I’ve lost the name of that wonder of all wonders program which BOE claims will do so many things that the county school system just has to have done. Read More»

Volunteer efforts damaged at The Ridge Nature Area

As you may know, Southern Conservation Trust (SCT) is a nonprofit organization committed to conserving our land and natural resources, promoting healthy outdoor recreation and providing environmental education for our community. As a nonprofit, community support and volunteer efforts are what make our nature areas special as well as our community’s quality of life unique. Read More»