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Balancing the estates of the realm

There are some who believe that the world is divided into estates: the first estate being the church, the second being the government, and the third being the people. The fourth estate is generally reserved for the media.

March 01, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Susan Rice's choice rings false

Susan Rice ought to stay off "Meet the Press."

February 27, 2014 | Richard Cohen Columnist | Columnists


GOP should focus on communication

The first two months of 2014 are all but done, and there is only a little more than eight months left until the midterm elections. The House is projected to remain Republican. In the Senate, the seats up for election are currently split between 21 Democratic seats and 15 Republican seats. This difference in open Senate seats, combined with a midterm election, a sluggish economy, and the decline of President Obama's international performance creates an opportunity for the Republicans to potentially pick up the Senate.

February 27, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Looking to the past, present and future

Every species has a past, present and a future. Those three words have been uttered since ancient times.

February 25, 2014 | Dorothy Piedrahita Columnist | Columnists


Easing restrictions on sex offenders? A bad joke

The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District House seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes … watch out. You have been warned!"

February 25, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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Ten ways to start the new year

It's the beginning of a new year and a great chance to start over - but how? Here are 10 ways to gain a fresh start in 2014.

January 02, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


January memories can warm the heart

The holidays are almost over. The joy that we share and the smiles we offer to strangers seem only to last for a few weeks.

December 31, 2013 | Dorothy Piedrahita Columnist | Columnists


Who is spending what on our legislators

This could be a very important piece of information I am about to share with you. Whether it is or not is up to you. It depends on how much you care about the money being spent on our state's politicians. If you don't care and want to cop the "it doesn't make any difference" attitude, then I suggest you blow the dust off the ol' Funk & Wagnall and look up the word "apathy." Or go kiss a goat. It's your choice.

December 31, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


A message to the faithful: Be strong

The following is my syndicated op-ed column which appeared Dec. 28, 2004. I was right then and I am right now. You can insert whatever atrocity those who would attempt to erase all reference to the Birth of Christ are perpetrating today, but this column, which is nearly 10 years old, is as prescient today as it was then.

December 28, 2013 | Mychal Massie Columnist | Columnists


Agriculture secretary: New Farm Bill needed

Over the course of 2013, we've seen yet another banner year for U.S. agricultural exports. Exports of U.S. farm and ranch products reached a record $140.9 billion in 2013 and supported about a million U.S. jobs. In fact, compared to the previous five-year period from 2004-2008, U.S. agricultural exports from 2009-2013 increased by a total of nearly $230 billion.

December 28, 2013 | Tom Vilsack U.S. Agriculture Secretary | Columnists


'Dumb' politicians would fail

Politicians can be progressives, liberals, conservatives, Democrats or Republicans, and right-wingers. They just can't be dumb. The American people will never elect them to office. Let's look at it.

December 28, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


A nation in need of balance

During the holiday season, many reflect on finding the right balance in their lives. As a nation, we're in a season of searching for the right balance between individual freedoms and the role of government.

December 28, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


A fond, hopeful farewell

We find ourselves today suspended between the two holidays in the whole long year that speak most loudly and consistently to the concept of hope: Christmas and New Year's.

December 26, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Relationships and amnesia

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day has always been one of my favorite times of the year.

December 26, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Some bold predictions for 2014

Good grief. I just took a peek at next week's calendar. It says 2014. That can't be correct. I'm still waiting for Y2K and for all our computers to crash. I must have overslept.

December 23, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


No lottery winnings, but wonderful memories

Looking back on 2013, I have to say there is one objective I did not meet: I did not win a lottery. That would really have fulfilled a Christmas wish.

December 23, 2013 | Dorothy Piedrahita Columnist | Columnists


Time for some to look in the mirror

The following is my syndicated column from January 20, 2004. I believe prescience of the article speaks for itself.

December 21, 2013 | MYCHAL MASSIE Columnist | Columnists


It's about dysfunction, not hatred

Journalist Michael Kinsley once defined a political gaffe as when someone "accidentally reveals something truthful about what is going on in his or her head." In other words, a gaffe is when a political player accidentally tells the truth. This appears to be what happened in a recent Washington Post story.

December 21, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Stop demonizing capitalism

Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation, levied charges against free-market capitalism, denying that "economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world" and concluding that "this opinion ... has never" been confirmed by the facts." He went on to label unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny."

December 21, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


A rich plate of season's eatings

In just five days, we'll be sitting down – again – to a holiday table laden with the kinds of foods that make lifelong memories. It won't be Christmas without turkey and ham, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, green beans, mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing and gravy as only a grandmother can make, cranberry salad, squash casserole with cheese, caramelized Brussels sprouts, baked oysters, and warm yeast rolls.

December 19, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


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