Even while we are busy defending our Second Amendment rights against efforts to enhance the Brady Law, there is a movement afoot to restrict our First Amendment rights as well … a movement that can make the defense of our liberties much harder.
You can interpret the Senate's recent rejection of the immigration reform compromise several ways.
I'm sure, by now, many of you have seen it, read it or heard about it. The NAACP buried the "N" word during its annual convention in Detroit this past week as part of its "STOP" Campaign, an initiative of the organization's Youth & College Division. The division works to eliminate the demeaning images of African-Americans in the media, especially the portrayal of African-American women. Hundreds of onlookers watched as NAACP delegates from across the ...
I've been getting a ton of mail about my column of last week. My main point: "All the posturing about illegal immigrants is really an attack aimed at everybody whose name ends in 'ez.'"
In the 16th and 17th centuries, the West was convulsed by religious wars that, in the words of historian Paul Johnson, "were without redeeming features and were destructive of the Christian faith itself, as well as human life and material civilization."
Congressman Phil Gingrey phoned the other night to tell me and a few dozen other folks the war in Iraq was going a lot better than we had been led to believe.
Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk-radio pioneer, has been called many nasty things before, but never a "structural imbalance." That's the fancy term a liberal think tank uses to characterize his success - and to dress up its proposal for counteracting that success through new government regulation.
A supposed letter to the editor making the rounds of the Internet compares today's immigrants (bad) with the immigrants of yesteryear (good). A good response to that fantasy is a Teddy Roosevelt quote that several readers have sent me:
This month marks the second anniversary of the infamous Kelo v. New London decision, a case where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the taking of private property (the practice known as eminent domain) from an individual or a group of individuals and giving it to a private entity on the basis of economic development is a legitimate function of government.
By Marjory Varnedoe Guest columnist Coastal Courier (Hinesville, GA) "LCH School, our Alma Mater, to thee we'll e'er be true. We adore thee for leading us higher to nobler things anew ... Your ideals we'll share ... And so we pray that we'll never stray from memories of LCH." Those words resonated through the hearts of the Golden Seniors of the 1967 Liberty County High School class celebrating their 40th reunion. Forty years ago, 87 ...
Americans have arrived at an answer to high gas prices and concerns about global warming - buy more cars.
Topic: Patronizing local establishmentsThis is a word to those people brave enough to own their own business in Liberty County. I live and work in Liberty County, and I try to always give my little bit of business to those who have risked much to be their own boss (been there, done that). Just because you own a business in Liberty County does not mean that people need to give you their business. You have ...
Wherever I go these days, people want to talk about how much trouble we have talking reasonably to one another about current public policy challenges. The quality of the public dialogue, they say - our ability to reason with one another and to sort through issues - is lamentable.Al Gore's new book, "The Assault on Reason," decries the decline of public discourse. In my view, he's hit a nerve. And for good reason.Our political system ...
On July 1, 1776, delegates of the Second Continental Congress entered what John Adams called, "the greatest debate of all." Even after over a year's worth of conflict against the mightiest military force on earth, declared independence from Great Britain was far from a forgone conclusion. Just weeks earlier, the majority of the men in the Congress were hoping some formula for peace could be found with Great Britain.In "The Light and the Glory" by ...
The 3rd Infantry Division has been all over the news as your soldiers are aggressively taking the fight to the enemy in Operation Marne Torch. They are expelling al Qaida from a safe haven, and they are capturing insurgents to make the population secure. But the fight is not just theirs; it is shared with the Iraqis. Everywhere Task Force Marne operates, the Iraqi soldiers are strong and their leaders are stronger.Every time I meet ...
Undersecretary of the Army Dr. Joseph Westphal stated that small businesses are critical to Army readiness.
It was as ugly as a warthog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50, and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia -the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South -bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the state football championship, 41-34.
Over lunch the other day with friends - all in the newspaper business - I mentioned that I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.
Let's start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what's happening in the world - and understand the plans of allies and enemies - to keep the nation prepared and secure.
My attempts at making more mom friends still are failing miserably. At this point, I'd probably try an online "matchmaking" site for women with children who are looking to befriend other women with children. Sort of like eHarmony, but with sippy cups and strollers. Actually, that sounds like a great idea because then I'd get to be very picky with my criteria, thus reducing the chances I'd get "matched up" with another mom I have ...
This is a wonderful time of the year! It is a great time to share your Christmas cheer with folks that you normally might take for granted.
The holiday season is suddenly upon us. Tree lots are full, Christmas candies are out in full force and the Black Friday sales are taunting us at every turn.
Editor, Mark your calendars, dress the young'uns, pack up the car and head east because Liberty County's east end is coming alive Saturday, Dec. 7.
No one likes to hear "I told you so…"
If New Year's is a time to regroup and look toward the upcoming year, then Thanksgiving is a time to gather and reflect on the year that has passed. In our family, it is a time when we thank the good Lord for both the heartaches and the blessings.
We did it for four years while I was a member of the planning and zoning board of the city of Pooler. We did it for 11 years while I was serving as either Pooler mayor pro tem or mayor. And we've done it for the past nine years while I've served in the state Legislature.
Editor, I'm writing to praise all of those who planned and carried out the Bradwell Institute Old Lions reunion Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Dorchester Village Civic Center.
Knock! Knock! Knock!
We have so much to be thankful for. It is really easy when we become adults to get a little cynical. It becomes a little too easy to see what is wrong and forget about all the things that are right that we take for granted every day.
Somehow I ran across an out-of-print book called "The Last Lap." Now 15 years old, it tells an intriguing, timeless tale of the early days of America's first stock-car racers.