• The first president of the United States George Washington once said, “Undertake not what you can not perform, but be careful to keep your promises.”

    Imagine if you will, the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. Everyone cheers, exchanges a kiss or two, and sing verses of the legendary song, “Auld Lang Syne.”

    Everything seems to be going in great harmony. And where there’s great harmony is also a lot of caution throwing to the wind.     

  •  There’s an old saying in politics- Democrats fall in love and Republicans fall in line.  This is really instructive given what’s going on now in Israel.

    At the time of this writing, Israel is engaged in a full assault on Gaza.  

    They are bombing enemy targets and planning a ground invasion of 10,000 troops in the coming days. Thousands of soldiers are being called-up for the campaign.  It’s the worst fighting since 1948, when Israel first became a nation.

  • Early in the 18th century a group of farmers in North Carolina established a political identity for themselves that has become the ideology of today’s Red State voters.  They were the Regulators of Orange County.  They would be known today as values voters espousing the political orthodoxy of the rural and suburban middle class.  They fought the corrupt elite as well as the ruffians who were not being properly restrained by the government.  

  • Christmas time is nigh upon us.  

    Kids must be getting pretty excited as the days tick down.  When I was growing up, this time of year put me on pins and needles.  Had I been good enough?  Had I been a little too naughty?

    I love the movie, A Christmas Story, starring Peter Billingsley. First released in 1983, it’s now a true Christmas classic.  Little Ralphie is obsessed with getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.  The movie does a masterful job of reminding one what it is like to be a child once again.

  • This past weekend, we welcomed the arrival of my nephew, Jacob Isaiah McCullah.

    He is doing great and my sister is on cloud nine headed for cloud number 100.

    With the arrival of Jacob, we now have four arrivals in our family this year.

    We’ve welcomed a niece, a soon-to-be brother-in-law, a Boston terrier, and a partridge in a pear tree. In fact, I am rather jealous of my little nephew because he’s got more hair on his head than I do.

  • I know I’m usually heartfelt in my weekly column, but this week is one, and possibly the only week, where I need to be allowed the liberty of digression and the freedom of speech.

    This past week I was checking my emails. I received a message in regards to a petition where President-elect Obama’s first act in office should be to help protect the forest animals and the environment. When I checked another activist page that was pushing for this same cause, their reason for the petition was “That’s why we voted him in office.”

  • In this season of giving, local elected officials should give the proposed justice center another thought.

    Would it be an expensive undertaking to build the new offices and jail space? Would it mean that other capital outlay projects be tabled for few years? Yes.

    But it would speak volumes as to how Campbell County addresses its problems.

    If the intention of officials is to make Campbell County a tourist destination or an area where people want to move then it is time to take a step forward.


    On Monday, I was in criminal court watching a multitude of local offenders have their time with Judge Shayne Sexton.

  • As we approach this time of Thanksgiving, we need to pause and give thanks for all that we have been blessed with in our great nation.  

    First, I am thankful that the election is over because I thought it would never end.


  •      Tennessee’s statewide deer season will have opened, Saturday morning, Nov. 22, by the time you read this. This time of year used to be ever so important to me as I contemplated taking to the woods in pursuit of the gray, antlered ghosts of late fall.