• Safety should trump tradition

    Well, we can all breathe a sigh of relief because Halloween is over and, as usual, the stores and TV and radio stations can jump straight into Christmas, a whopping eight weeks before the holiday arrives. Walk into any store and you’re going to see …

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  • 1872: The gubernatorial election that went badly

    Many elections have been accused of being the dirtiest and most negative in state history, but none can top the 1872 election, which tore the state apart. By the early 1870s, Reconstruction had left the state mired in debt and corrupt officials, bitterly divided. The …

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  • First, kill the filibuster …

    The filibuster is dead for nominees and is living-dead for legislation; it exists, but under the precedent set by Harry Reid and Senate Democrats last year, it could be eliminated any time the majority wishes. Democrats are almost certain to do so next time they …

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  • Faithfulness

    Sunday afternoon is usually quiet at my house, so I sometimes sit down and watch a movie after lunch. As I perused through Netflix and Amazon Prime to find just the right movie to fit my mood, I ran across a move called “Redeemed.” I …

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  • Group honors veterans being laid to rest

    My daddy, Lonnie Edward “Ed” Cruse, served in World War II. Wounded, he carried shrapnel in his body the rest of his life. It wasn’t constant but it did cause him some discomfort and pain at times. In another instance his toes froze and were …

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  • Car Talk’s Tom Magliozzi was ‘real voice’ on NPR

    If you notice your car’s headlights dimming soon for just a second, here’s why: The news is getting around that Tom Magliozzi, one of National Public Radio’s most popular personalities, died Nov. 3 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Tom, 77, was one half of the …

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  • The table of brotherhood actually happened at a burger joint

    I was sitting at an upscale burger place in Atlanta a few months back with my daughter. An African-American family sat down at the table beside us — a mom, a dad, two college-age boys, and a grandmother. The tables were big pine farm style …

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  • Deadly disease requires using all tools in toolbox

    As West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has continued gaining momentum over the last seven months, the global implications of this disease become clearer by the day. Most of us are only 24 hours away by air from this extremely infectious virus. That’s not to engender fear …

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  • Elvis’ last love breaks silence

    My fingers hesitated with each turn of the page. I already knew the end and I didn’t like it. Their relationship was brief but with each month that passed between those pages, I would catch myself mentally doing the math, counting down the days to …

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  • Halloween revenge

    I heard Lenny discussing plans with Butch and Buster for their annual attempt at playing a Halloween prank on Lenny’s uncle, and I wondered what they were talking about. “We’ve got to make it so air will blow through them,” Lenny said. “How about we …

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  • United States should try beating Ebola like polio

    My mother was 13 years old, the oldest child in her family, the day the health department nailed the quarantine notice on her front door. It was late in the summer of 1951. My mother’s younger sister, Cecelia, had just begun the eighth grade when …

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  • Sharing the pew with little green men

    Unless you’ve been hiding under an asteroid, you’ve probably heard about “Religion and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?,” the new book by David Weintraub, professor of astronomy at Vanderbilt University. Weintraub’s book shares space on the shelves with a volume by two …

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