1st Amendment stronger than ever

1st Amendment stronger than ever

The First Amendment is stronger than ever, and is being exercised more freely and aggressively than at any time in our nation’s history.That may...

February 27th, 2017 updated: February 27th, 2017. |  


A dare and a makeshift torch

A dare and a makeshift torch

Being completely sound of mind – or maybe not – I offered little resistance when some recent acquaintances led me into a cave with a plan ...

February 24th, 2017 |  


Hillsboro facing decision on Paint Creek relationship

Hillsboro facing decision on Paint Creek relationship

The reason the city of Hillsboro has a contract with the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District instead of belonging to the district as a member like eve...

February 20th, 2017 updated: February 20th, 2017. |  


The long, cold winter

The long, cold winter

It was April, finally. The cold, polluted winter had long since come to a merciful close, and, as is customary in the arid foothills of the Qin Ling m...

February 16th, 2017 |  


The Oscars, for conservatives

The Oscars, for conservatives

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first-ever Conservative Academy Awards, brought to you from the party room of Al’s Steakhouse at the...

February 13th, 2017 |  


Visits to Mt. Zion and elsewhere

Visits to Mt. Zion and elsewhere

I was in my office the other evening when my buddy Don Kelley stopped by to chat for a couple minutes. Don’s a member of a couple of tractor clu...

February 10th, 2017 |  


Drew: To be or not to be mayor?

Drew: To be or not to be mayor?

At various times last year there were people suggesting that Drew Hastings should step down as mayor when he was under investigation for a variety of ...

February 6th, 2017 updated: February 6th, 2017. |  


Don’t ask me to clean up the mess

Don’t ask me to clean up the mess

I must have been feeling a little rebellious, and if you were to ask my parents they’d probably tell you that was my general state of mind durin...

February 3rd, 2017 |  


Wenstrup: Compassion, security, national identity

Wenstrup: Compassion, security, national identity

I’ll never forget two Iraqi citizens who I served alongside in Iraq.As I was serving as a combat surgeon, they were both working on behalf of th...

February 3rd, 2017 |  


‘Well, I am not your mother’

‘Well, I am not your mother’

“Pat, please pick up your socks,” my wife reminded me the other evening as I prepared for bed.“My mom always picked up my socks when...

February 2nd, 2017 |