Moments In Time



• On Feb. 4, 1789, 69 members of Congress cast their ballots to elect George Washington the first president of the United States. After months of appearing to sidestep, and even outright rejecting, the idea of assuming the presidency, Washington reluctantly accepted Congress’ decision. • On Feb. 7, 1812, the most violent of a series of earthquakes near Missouri causes […]

Strange But True



• It is recorded in historical notes of the 19th century that the Reverend Francis Henry Egerton, Earl of Bridgewater, made a habit during the last years of his life of sitting down to a formal dinner every evening with a dozen guests. This might not seem odd until you learn that the guests were all canines, seated in armchairs […]

How far will Obama go for GOP?



WASHINGTON The strength of President Obama and the Democrats is being tested: Will they lose their nerve, or will they face down a rapidly forming conventional wisdom that will allow them to claim “victory” only if their economic stimulus package passes with substantial Republican support? Up to now, Obama has handled his own public image with the same dexterity he […]

2 more bite dust



It was not a good day for ethics in government. First, White House Performance Chief-nominee Nancy Killefer, who had two nannies and a personal assistant — as we working mothers would say, a really LOT of help for teenagers — withdrew her candidacy after it emerged that D.C. had gone so far as to put a lien on her fancy […]

Daschle was too compromised



Tom Daschle’s withdrawal from consideration as future secretary of Health and Human Services had to happen. So seemingly strong on health-care policy but weak on ethics, the man President Obama had picked to remake the American health-care system had set off wild mood swings among the public. What a mixed bag he was. On one hand, the former senator from […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

February 5, 1959 Plans for two good roads leading to Whitesburg were outlined this week by State Highway Commissioner Ward Oates. Oates showed a map tracing the proposed routes and explained they would either replace or relocate present twisting mountain roads. The issue of fire prevention in Letcher County schools began to burn a little more brightly this week. Two […]

Car Talk

Reader wonders how to get into stunt driving

Dear Tom and Ray: I want to know how to get a job, a very specific job. It seems like every car commercial on the networks now shows the vehicle soaring through sand dunes or simply down a quiet road, yet they always show a disclaimer: “Professional Driver on Closed Course.” Those guys and gals are never on camera, except […]

Horoscope



ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Seeing the silly side of some really ridiculous situations helps give the Lamb a new perspective on how to handle them. Some important contacts can be made this weekend. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Try to complete your outstanding tasks by midweek. This leaves you free to take advantage of new possibilities — […]

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS - 2/2-2/6

ALL MY CHILDREN — David made Krystal look like a hero when she returned a lost Kathy to Tad. As payback, David told Krystal to marry him. Amanda learned that the father of her child is David. JR moved Amanda into the mansion for her protection. Erica and Greenlee fought over control of Fusion. Kendall was unsettled by Reese and […]

Now here’s a tip



• Here’s a great little organizing trick for the bathroom: Flowerpots make great containers for all kinds of things. They come in lots of sizes, can be painted to match any décor, and hold cotton swabs, cotton balls, toothbrushes, razors, etc., nicely. Plus, they’re pretty. • To get vases with narrow necks clean, try dropping a couple of Alka-Seltzer tablets […]


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