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A free-market economist’s take on Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’

By now, you’ve probably seen or heard about Ken Burns’ 14-hour documentary on the three most famous Roosevelts: Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor. I have to confess that I almost didn’t watch it.There were two reasons for my reluctance. First, I am not a fan of either Teddy or FDR as presidents. The former was guilty of a lust for war and domestic strongman tendencies, and the latter tragically prolonged the Great Depression. Second, I had watched a one-hour preview...

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I will not be welcoming the circus to my town

I wrote a column four years ago when the “circus came to town” in attempts to inform the good folks of Logan County exactly where they would be taking their children to watch exotic animals performing spectacular tricks. I did this because I felt very passionate about what goes on behind the scenes at the “big-top,” and try to lend a voice to the animals who cannot speak for themselves. It’s really more than being an advocate for animals and their treatment, but ...

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Antioch News

Editor’s Note: The Antioch News did not arrive at the News-Democrat & Leader office in time to be included in Friday’s newspaper.Greetings from The Antioch Community.Thank the Lord we missed some bad weather Monday night.Nick and Stephanie Christian stopped and got me to go home with them and their family. I sure did appreciate them thinking of me. It would be nice if everybody had a basement when they were giving Tornado warnings....

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Ebola: Coming to a neighborhood near you

Dear Editor:The White House recently announced they will send 4,000 U.S. soldiers to Liberia to fight Ebola - you know, the viral disease which has no cure, no vaccine and a 70 percent death rate.The soldiers, originally told they would be building hospitals/clinics in Liberia, are now apparently to be tasked with direct patient care - you know, like the two Dallas, Texas R.N.s who - although wearing protective garments and following the protocols prescribed by the Cente...

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Right-to-work: The right message for Kentucky’s governor

The 3,748 manufacturers that have stayed in Kentucky and employ 228,600 workers – despite a less-than-friendly business atmosphere – deserve all of the accolades Frankfort can muster, including Gov. Steve Beshear’s decree that October is “Manufacturing Month in the Commonwealth.”Perhaps this could be followed by “Political Courage Month” in November, during which the governor digs his bully pulpit out of storage, dusts it off and places a r...

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Lake Malone News

Don’t know if you have noticed or not but it is RAINING AGAIN! It is 4:00 o’clock in the morning and I am sitting on my little porch watching it come down. I woke up all during the night and those “little rain drops kept falling on my house”; they sounded so good! But at four o’clock this morning I had enough. I turned all the lights on outside and shouted out the door as loud as I could “MOTHER NATURE, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”. Of course I woke the Hubby up...

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DAR to honor Vietnam Vets

Dear Editor:Again I am writing on behalf of the Russellville Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) who will be honoring another group of veterans with a luncheon on June 10, 2015. At that time we will be honoring the Vietnam Veterans since it is their 50th Anniversary of fighting for our liberty.We would be appreciative if people would begin calling and giving us names, addresses, and phone numbers for those in all of Logan County who were in this war so tha...

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Church group picks up roadside

Dear Editor:On Saturday, Oct. 4th, the Baugh Station Church Youth of Lewisburg picked up trash on Spa Road. Thank you for this opportunity to clean up some of our community. We hope we get the cahnce to do this again.we picked up over 35 bags in five miles. We challenge you, the citizens of Logan County, not to litter.Thank you and God bless,Baugh Station Youth

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The collective suicide of conservative talk-radio

Conservative talk-radio is hurting. Liberals are gleefully circling the wagons, celebrating their adversary’s imminent demise, even as conservative talk-radio remains far more popular than liberal talk-radio.Liberals think they know the reason for the decline: they believe that conservatism is on the decline, and that conservatives are so dispirited with the nation’s leftward drift that they’ve literally tuned out. Though there’s a smidgen of truth to that, ...

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Obama’s dumb war

If Barack Obama owes his presidency to one thing, it was the good sense he had back in 2002 to call the Iraq War what it was: “dumb.”Now, with scarcely a whisper of debate, Obama has become the fourth consecutive U.S. president to bomb Iraq — and in fact has outdone his predecessors by spreading the war to Islamic State targets in Syria as well. With the Pentagon predicting that this latest conflict could rage for three years or longer, Obama is now poised to leav...

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Viewing political corruption more broadly

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is “widespread” in government had risen from 59 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2013. “In other words,” Edsall wrote, “we were cynical already, but now we’re in overdrive.”

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Logan County News

Hello from Peach Blossom Hall in the heart of Logan CountyEven though the heavens blessed us and the rains did come the Tobacco Festival was a big success. Congratulations to the Logan County Chamber, its’ officers, board and director. Three cheers for a job well done. Thanks also to all the participants.The local Rotary Club International, in Russellville, held a great pancake breakfast last Saturday. They had a full house of participants, good food , good fun and...

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Spa News

Howdy! We have had quite a bot of rain this week. In fact, when Stanley took me to Dr. Kamal Singh on Thursday for a check-up, I don’t think I ever saw it rain any harder than it did that morning. When we left the Dr.’s office the sun was shining. I told Stanley when we were coming up here and it was raining like it was, I never expected to see the sun shining today.Last Saturday David and Stacey Jernigan and girls Kaitlyn, Madison and Cassidy drove over to Land Between...

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Auburn News

Dear Lord, thank you for this day. So far I’m doing all right. I haven’t whined, griped, been grumpy, nasty or selfish. I haven’t even eaten any chocolate, but I’m going to get our of bed in a minute…and I might need a lot more help.Especially since Creations by Christina’s Grand Opening is tomorrow and I’m anxious to try out her variety of chocolate, dips, coffee and gift items.Fun time tonight though.. Auburn School’s Fal...

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The many memories of watermelon

As fall appears and the fresh produce of summer is fading away, I hate to think of the months ahead without watermelon. There may be some on market shelves for a while yet, but that succulent sweetness and just-right texture of summer-grown will be missing.Watermelon was probably my favorite food when growing up and a big part of the enjoyment was the drama of the eating itself. Our daughter not long ago said, “I wish I had a watermelon already cut up in a bowl for serving.&#...

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