They’re grinning on Wall Street

Like ugly on a toad, greed just can’t be rinsed off the biggest bankers, no matter how much regulatory soap you use. Last week, Congress enacted new rules to govern America’s huge banks, thus completing Washington’s response to the unbridled Wall Street greed that crashed the financial system and crushed our economy. The regulatory reforms were hailed by Democrats as […]

Socialist who coddles business?

WASHINGTON The titans of the private sector say President Obama is antibusiness. Many progressives say he coddles business. How does the administration manage to pull that off ? The “center” is said to be the most comfortable place in American politics. But this assumes that the center is stable, that most people on either end of the philosophical continuum give […]

Honoring the fallen, one Facebook post at a time

Facebook status update on June 15, 9:51 p.m.: DOD announced today the death of a soldier. Sgt. Mario Rodriguez, 24, of Smithville, Texas, died June 11 in Powrak, Afghanistan, “of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires.” He was assigned to the 264th Clearance Company, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, […]

Democrats can avoid route, but it’s entirely up to them

When the pollster calls and asks whether I think the country is going in the right direction, I will say “no.” When she asks if I approve of the job Congress is doing, I will say “no.” And when she follows up with a question on President Obama’s performance, I will answer: “Sometimes good, sometimes bad. The guy drives me […]

Car Talk

Crazy driving will wear cars out

Dear Tom and Ray: Could you please settle an ongoing discussion that my family has had for years? On one side is my mother, my six sisters and me (that is not a typo; I really am one of seven girls. The baby is now 19, and we all are licensed drivers). On the other side is my father. You […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

July 21, 1960 The Letcher County Public Library receive a $2,100 check from Letcher Fiscal Court this week after an on-again, offagain round of discussions concerning the library, its work and its needs. The court had originally included the $2,100 appropriation in its budget. The amount represented $900 budgeted last year but never paid the library, and $1,200 budgeted this […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Don’t gnash those pearly whites because you might have to delay your plans. This could give the Lucky Lamb a better perspective of what’s been done, and what still needs doing. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Scoring financial bull’s-eyes is easy for the focused Bovine who knows the ins and outs of the […]


RECAPS – 7/19-7/23 ALL MY CHILDREN Æ Scott and Annie got engaged, and JR pretended he was happy for them. Marissa was upset that she failed the bar exam. David confronted Ryan and warned him that he’d fight for Greenlee. When Ryan keeled over, David didn’t help him. Angie was unable to treat Ryan, so Jake intervened and diagnosed an […]

I was a hornblower

Mama always told everyone that I couldn’t keep a secret, and if there were any family secrets, don’t tell me because I’ll tell everyone. Lately, I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut. But a few years ago, that wasn’t the case. I was in the Air Force from 1955 to 1976. During that time, I was stationed on the Pacific […]

Strange BUT TRUE

• It was British mathematician, historian and philosopher Bertrand Russell who made the following sage observation: “If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.” • Do you know why camels are artiodactyls, while humans aren’t? […]

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