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Kathleen Parker: The Sanders-Trump magical mystery tour

Posted 10/14/2015 in National Columns

Barrels of ink and galaxies of pixels have been sacrificed to solving the mystery of the spectacular rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

 

Slimantics: Just in time for Halloween: The scary story of "a single liberal judge"

Posted 10/13/2015 in Local Columns

It is almost comical the lengths our state's career politicians are going to in a frenzied effort to defeat Initiative 42, a November ballot measure that requires the state to adequately fund K-12 public education by holding the Legislature accountable to the judicial system.

 

Patrick Buchanan: Don't take your guns to town, Paul

Posted 10/13/2015 in National Columns

The honor of it all aside, Rep. Paul Ryan would do well to decline the speakership of the House. For it is a poisoned chalice that is being offered to him.

 

Possumhaw: Starting all over

Posted 10/12/2015 in Local Columns

I don't often answer the telephone, but that day I did. Probably most people don't even have a landline anymore.

Lynn Spruill: Our third place

Posted 10/12/2015 in Local Columns

The "Third Place" is a phrase used by professionals studying the process of community building.

 

Voice of the people: Dottie Gerhart

 

Ask Rufus: Not just pretty flowers

Posted 10/10/2015 in Local Columns

I have been enjoying taking photographs at the butterfly garden on the Columbus Riverwalk. While the main attractions are the butterflies, hummingbirds and the beauty of the flowers, there is another story within the garden.

 

Voice of the people: Circuit clerk's office needs updating

Posted 10/10/2015 in Local Columns

 

 

Voice of the people: Advice for Mayor Smith

 

Birney Imes: Soccer and swamp music

Posted 10/10/2015 in Local Columns

"Oh the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all." Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go! Thanks to a soccer-playing granddaughter I have a new Tuesday/Thursday afternoon ritual.

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Joe Mitchell's secret

Posted 10/10/2015 in National Columns

I devoured the recent biography "Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker," hoping to find secrets about writing. Nobody wrote nonfiction better than Joe Mitchell, who for decades enthralled readers with his profiles of barkeepers, carnival freaks, fishmongers, homeless intellectuals and other noncelebrities.

 

Kathleen Parker: Don't do it, Paul Ryan

Posted 10/10/2015 in National Columns

Volunteers? In the wake of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) sudden withdrawal from his once-certain ascent to the speakership, several others are considering running for the job.

 

Patrick Buchanan: The allure of mass murder

Posted 10/10/2015 in National Columns

"Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight." That blog post on the email address of Oregon mass-murderer Christopher Harper-Mercer was made after Vester Lee Flanagan shot and killed that Roanoke TV reporter and her cameraman.

 

 

Voice of the people: Mayor Robert E. Smith Sr.

 

 

Bill Crawford: College scorecard stirs interest and concern

Posted 10/9/2015 in Local Columns

Misleading or useful? That's the question surrounding the updated College Scorecard website published by the U.S. Department of Education. (See collegescorecard.ed.gov)

 

Ray Mosby: Why community newspapers matter

Posted 10/9/2015 in Local Columns

ROLLING FORK -- The chosen theme for this year's National Newspaper Week is "Power of the Press," and that power, it seems to me, is a very relative thing. Everybody understands the power of, say, The New York Times or The Washington Post, but probably less recognized and appreciated is the power of the Deer Creek Pilot and the thousands of other small, community newspapers just like it all across the land.

 

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