• The Slacker Congress

    More fun than 14 barrels of flunkies watching our elected officials exit Washington like scared rats streaming out of a sewer to escape Godzilla. And really, who can blame them? Anybody who’s ever spent a summer in D.C. can tell you the climate is real …

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  • I’d buy all the pies, too

    Did you hear about the guy at Burger King who bought all the pies just to spite a screaming kid and their clueless parent? According to media reports, this dude went into a Burger King to get a meal during the lunch rush, and a …

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  • Lunch-packin’ Momma

    This is our last week of freedom from alarm clocks and set-in-stone bedtimes. Monday morning, school starts. It’s always fun picking out new clothes, shoes, backpacks and school supplies. But there is one more element for back-to-school shopping that I forget sometimes: grocery shopping for …

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  • U.S. sanctions on Russia may sink the dollar

    The U.S. government’s decision to apply more sanctions on Russia is a grave mistake and will only escalate an already tense situation, ultimately harming the U.S. economy. While the effect of sanctions on the dollar may not be appreciated in the short term, in the …

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  • Testing is lousy way to hold schools accountable

    The problem with a lie — even one that everyone agrees with — is that eventually you can’t ignore the truth. As the rush towards using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers turns into a retreat, it might be time to face that standardized tests …

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  • First time riding the Ferris wheel

    As I held tightly to my mother’s right hand, I gripped the striped-red string that held my balloon. I knew if I didn’t hold on to both with all my might they might get lost amidst the crowd. I never saw so many people bumping …

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  • Americans love Downton Abbey, not real monarchy

    It is said that Americans don’t like titles. Of course, I’m not referring to all titles. What mother hasn’t dreamed of her child becoming a doctor? The specific type of doctor usually isn’t considered, just so long as Sonny can be called “Doctor” over a …

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  • Panama Canal turns 100: A family affair

    On Aug. 15 the Panama Canal (which greatly enhances maritime trade by providing a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans) celebrates the 100th anniversary of its opening. The Tyree family has a multigenerational interest in this milestone. The U.S. Army generously sent my Tennessee …

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  • Meet the summer’s dumbest GOP white man

    Let’s wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the Tea Party’s latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race. You might know this story already; if not, get …

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  • Dating in the sixth grade hard for mom to stomach

    So, my 11-year old daughter came home from the Boys and Girls Club the other day and informed us she “has a boyfriend.” Yeah, you read that right, she is ELEVEN. Now I’d understand it if she was 16 or 17. Heck, I’d probably even …

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  • How’s that War on Poverty working out?

    After 50 years and $20 trillion, grand plan to eradicate poverty in the U.S. is a failure. In January 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson stood before Congress for the annual State of the Union address and declared a “War on Poverty.” Johnson had a plan …

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  • Former Indian reservation was site of Civil War battle

    This past weekend, descendants of the Harris brothers who first settled “Harris Bottoms” in the 1820s congregated to honor their ancestors. The second of the Stone County Driving Tour markers was installed as part of the reunion, located at the junction of 5, 9 and …

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