What the new president needs

President Barack Obama will no doubt ask for many things in the coming weeks — from Congress, from the states, from banks and businesses, and from the American people. Obama will ask for new legislation, new programs, new regulations, not to mention confirmation of all his new people. He will promise a better tomorrow, millions of new jobs, help for […]

Political Cartoon

The teachings of George W. Bush

WASHINGTON For many of us, the end of George W. Bush’s presidency did not come quickly enough. But as power changes hands peacefully, the result of a decisive democratic verdict, the most important question is: What can our new president learn from the one who is now back in Texas? The Bush administration’s specific failures — in foreign and domestic […]

Adventures in adventure travel

It’s winter. The days are short. The weather is cold. You are ready for a vacation. And the cattle are ready for you. At least, they are if you’ve got a saddlebag full of cash. For $2,500, the Prairie Hotel in South Australia is offering a three-day cattledroving tour, including two nights in an honest-to-goodness tent. (No word on what […]

FDR faced even tougher times

Even in this awful economy, the voters seem content to toggle between the two main political parties. If Republicans aren’t doing the job, then let Democrats try. Barack Obama? He seems competent. There’s little agitation for a radical third-party response. That was not the case in 1933, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt became president in the cataclysm of the Great Depression. […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

January 22, 1959 A storm of what seemed like tornado proportions struck Letcher County late Wednesday afternoon, felling trees, breaking windows and leaving a large area without electricity for several hours. An inch of rain fell in Whitesburg in the period from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Winds reached about 30 miles an hour. The temperature in the Whitesburg […]

Car Talk

For safety, fainting means no more driving

Dear Tom and Ray: My significant other has collapsed several times in restaurants. My children are concerned about his driving me around. What does one do in an emergency like that? I was told not to turn off the engine. He drives an SUV Ford Explorer automatic. — Liz TOM: Well, whatever you do, Liz, don’t serve him dinner while […]

Now here’s a tip

• “I have terrazzo floors, and they pick up scuffs like nobody’s business. I keep a tennis ball on the end of my broom. I saw a guy in a department store do this once. I just rub the scuff with the tennis ball, and it comes right up. Easy!” — I.E. in New Mexico • “Keep sliding-glassdoor tracks clean […]


ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although you’re getting kudos and other positive reactions to your suggestions, don’t let the cheers drown out some valid criticisms. Better to deal with them now than later. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Following your keen Bovine intuition pays off, as you not only reassess the suggestions some people are putting in front […]


RECAPS - 1/19-1/23

ALL MY CHILDREN — In an exchange of bullets, Zach shot Josh. As Josh was dying in Erica’s arms, Zach begged her to allow Josh’s heart to be transplanted into Kendall’s body before she died, too. Erica agreed to the operation and said goodbye to Josh. Annie remembered killing Richie. Amanda discovered she was pregnant and contemplated having an abortion. […]

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