Columns Archive

BOB EASTLEY: Rave on

BOB EASTLEY: Rave on

Our neck of the woods was home to a cozy little shindig a couple weeks ago. Three or four organizers decided to host a quiet little rave party for 2,000 or so of their closest friends. As a result, the proprietors each got their 15 minutes of fame, and a couple may soon become guests […]

JIM CREES: Those folks? Or us folks?

JIM CREES: Those folks? Or us folks?

In what has become pretty much a run-of-the-mill example of hypocrisy, a acquaintance of mine recently pointed out an interesting article in the newspaper. It seems an Iranian-born Stanford University professor, Mariam Mirzakhani, has become the first woman ever to win one of the most (if not THE most) prestigious awards for work in the […]

JACK SPENCER: Small tent, big tent

JACK SPENCER: Small tent, big tent

An analogy used to describe the extent to which a political party is exclusive or inclusive is whether or not it is a “big tent’ or a “small tent.” This analogy is most commonly employed in reference to the Republican Party. In essence, the terms “big tent” and “small tent” are used to describe the […]

GEORGE WILL: In a stew over inversions

GEORGE WILL: In a stew over inversions

Barack Obama, presiding over an unusually dismal post-recession economy, might make matters worse with a distracting crusade against the minor and sensible business practice called “inversion,” more about which anon. So, consider his credentials as an economic thinker. Obama, who thinks ATMs and airport ticket kiosks cost America jobs, gave a speech last year regretting […]

RONNIE MCBRAYER: The Preacher

RONNIE MCBRAYER: The Preacher

By Ronnie McBrayer I grew up with a lot of religious rules. To violate these rules was to subject oneself to the judgment of God. If you had a fundamentalist upbringing, you may be familiar with some of these restrictions. No drinking, no smoking, no dancing, no playing cards or going to the movies, no […]