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 |  


Politics: Actors, ‘lies’ & candidates

Politics: Actors, ‘lies’ & candidates

A little of this and that today…Farewell, good luckAngela Shepherd, a reporter with us for nearly five years, is leaving to follow an opportunit...

January 30th, 2017 |  


I am turning the page

I am turning the page

As I am leaving The Times-Gazette this seems the time for some eloquence, some waxing poetic, some profound thoughts. I just want to be able to descri...

January 27th, 2017 |  


Overcome evil with good

Overcome evil with good

I was in a store waiting for service last Friday when I heard a thought-provoking exchange between an employee and another customer. The TV was tuned ...

January 26th, 2017 |