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Losing his head in Crimea

Vladimir Nabokov considered Anton Chekhov's "The Lady with the Dog" one of the best short stories ever written. For what it's worth, I agree. The plot is a simple one. A womanizing banker from Moscow seduces a young woman at the Black Sea resort of Yalta -- and then, calamitously, falls in love. The dalliance becomes an obsession for them both. They remain married to others but imprisoned by their passion for one another. The banker's name is Dmitri. He was hardly the last Russian to lose his wits in Crimea.

March 04, 2014 | Richard Cohen Columnist | Columnists


Blacks are not the hunted

The shooting and subsequent death of Jordan Davis (read a black teen) by Michael Dunn (read an evil white racist) is being used by race-mongering marplots to stoke the fires under the caldron that teems with "white people are out to kill blacks."

March 01, 2014 | Mychal Massie Columnist | Columnists


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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Here's wishing you miracles

"Miracle on 34th Street," "White Christmas," and "It's a Wonderful Life" are among my favorite Christmas movies. All three stories revolve around people, connections and miracles.

December 19, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


There is much to believe in

This column first ran in 2010. The status of Cameron Charles Yarbrough has been updated, but the message remains timeless.

December 17, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Listening to winter's soundtrack

Music has always been important to me.

December 17, 2013 | Dorothy Piedrahita Columnist | Columnists


Bathroom remodel brings flood of decor decisions

I have been told some strange things in my life.

December 17, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Our planet's not so fragile

Let's examine a few statements reflecting a vision thought to be beyond question. "The world that we live in is beautiful but fragile." "The 3rd rock from the sun is a fragile oasis."

December 14, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Washington is not in charge

Entering the world of "official Washington" is a bit like the mythical trip Alice took through the looking glass. Everything is upside-down and nonsensical.

December 14, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


California shows country how not to govern

The outpouring of raw hatred and unbridled ignorance that I received in Twitter messages and emails after my recent appearance on the "Dr. Phil Show" had me asking, "What would America be like if these types governed?"

December 14, 2013 | Mychal Massie Columnist | Columnists


'Dear Life,' the letter might begin

Our book club settled into a cozy conversational circle Monday night at one member's beautiful home, lovingly decorated for Christmas. Cheese and crackers were passed, and everyone had a glass of wine at hand.

December 12, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Baby steps are better than none

A bi-partisan budget agreement was unveiled in a press conference this past Tuesday night by House Budget Chairman Congressman Paul Ryan (R – Wisc.) and Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash).

December 12, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Are you feeding the 'right wolf?'

I was preparing to write this column when I learned that South African leader Nelson Mandela had died.

December 10, 2013 | Dorothy Piedrahita Columnist | Columnists


Like Mandela, Young has embraced forgiveness

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has received much-deserved praise following his death on Dec.5 at the age of 95, and rightly so. South Africa could have descended into chaos and a bloody civil war with Mandela's rise to power following 27 years of imprisonment and the end of apartheid. Instead, he preached reconciliation and forgiveness, not vengeance. For that, the world can be grateful.

December 10, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Incentives keep medical costs high

For all the confusion it is causing, President Barack Obama's signature legislative accomplishment did not fundamentally change the health-care industry. Both before and after the law passed, the business of providing medical care in America could best be described as a conspiracy by government, insurance companies and medical care providers to keep prices high.

December 07, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Obama is no Jackie Robinson

In a March 2008 column, I criticized pundits' concerns about whether America was ready for Barack Obama, suggesting that the more important issue was whether black people could afford Obama. I proposed that we look at it in the context of a historical tidbit.

December 07, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Reality shows should focus on Washington's misdeeds

There was a time in professional sports (baseball in particular) that the reporters covering the game as a block refused to report on the bad behavior and even criminal activity that the player-gods engaged in.

December 07, 2013 | Mychal Massie Columnist | Columnists


Does America need a divorce?

We were sitting in a sunroom, swapping stories, news and updates when the question was asked, "Why did they get divorced?"

December 05, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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