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 ...
It happened in Memphis. A lot of history and interesting things occur in that magical city that sits grandly on the Mississippi River. Elvis held court there, the blues grew up there, and barbecue is queen. Elvis, of course, is still king.
I'm an apologetic person. Maybe it's Catholic guilt. Maybe it's just in my nature. But I do love to apologize - mostly for things that aren't my fault. My mother has always said I'd apologize for World War II if given the opportunity. She's right; I am sorry for that horrible global conflict, but not because I think I had anything to do with it. In general, I'm just sorry it happened. It's an empathetic type of apology.
Editor, Each year around this time, the members of my post, East Liberty County American Legion Post 321, and I frequently are asked, "How are you going to honor the veterans of our community this year?"
America Recycles Day is Nov. 15, and recycling is something we should be thinking about and doing every day.
During the recent government shutdown, many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out, and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.
The waitress set down my cup of coffee, and I poured cream into the hot, black liquid while silently reflecting on and pondering something.
Funny thing happened the other day to our local newspaper on the way to obscurity: My teenage daughter asked for a printed copy.
Every phase of "babyhood" has its merits, and I've loved them all so far. In fact, every time my daughter Reese enters a new stage of development, I swear that it's the best one yet. I honestly can't pick my favorite.
Editor, A former coach at Bradwell Institute said after Jim Walsh was let go that it didn't matter who got the job, because not even Nick Saban could turn the Tigers' football program around. Since coach Saban already has a pretty good job, we were lucky enough to get Adam Carter.
Some say the adage about pigs flying originated with Washington politicians who have an uncanny ability to get nothing accomplished. If they did accomplish something - the politicians we mean - then said swine would take to the air. The horror.
I have some good news and some bad news. I read in the paper recently about a proposed venture to send people to Mars. The good news is that it will be a one-way trip. The bad news is that the launch isn't scheduled until 2022, meaning anybody dumb enough to consider the idea of going to Mars and staying there will be hanging around for another nine years on our planet and lowering the collective IQ for the rest of us. Bummer.
Editor, Allow me to express my concerns over the proposed annexation by the city of Hinesville of parts of the western end of Liberty County.
Finally, just when we thought it would never happen again, it does - we get some good news out of Washington, D.C.
The government is open once again, and all furloughed employees have been sent back to work.
"Hello, Gov. Deal's office. May I help you? One moment, please. Governor, you have a call on line one."