Now here’s a tip

• Here’s another great clothespin tip: “Clothespin plus dish towel equals baby bib (or Uncle Frank bib, in some cases).” — T.R. in Missouri • “To hand-wash clothes, fill a washer with water and add detergent. Add clothes that you need to hand-wash, and let run in machine 1 minute or less (longer if soiled). Then take the clothes out […]

Holbrooke’s blessing

Richard Holbrooke was a legend, the high priest of what we used to call the “priesthood” (even though they finally did let Madeleine in), the foreign policy elite that played musical chairs whenever a Democrat was running for or elected to the presidency. Arrogant? You bet. Frustrated with those who didn’t get it, wouldn’t do it, didn’t push themselves as […]

The specter haunting Obama

WASHINGTON American decline is the specter haunting our politics. This could be President Obama’s undoing — or it could provide him with the opportunity to revive his presidency. Fear of decline is an old American story. Declinism ran rampant in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Stagflation, the Iranian hostage crisis, anxiety over Japan’s thencommanding economy and the Soviet invasion […]

His father’s saddest victim

Bernard Madoff went to jail for his stupendous financial con. His eldest son, Mark, has gone to oblivion, having hanged himself from a dog leash on the second anniversary of his father’s outing as perpetrator of a $20 billion con. Let us grieve awhile for a 47-year-old father of two who dramatically killed himself during this so-called season of joy. […]

Reader in Philippines needs mechanic

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: I took my 2001 Saab 9-5 2.3L Turbo from Minnesota to the PHILIPPINES. This car has always been like a bad boyfriend — he treats me bad, doesn’t work when I need him to and takes all my money, but I keep him around because he’s so darn pretty. But the Saab is having some real […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years December 15, 1960 Whitesburg had its first major fire in 11 years. Flames destroyed the Combs building in downtown Whitesburg, leaving four families homeless and damaging property owned by five businesses.  The Whitesburg Ministerial Association is seeking money to help buy Christmas food and presents for needy families. […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Handle a potentially awkward situation by warming up your confidence reserves and letting it radiate freely. Also, expect an old friend to contact you. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It’s not too early for the practical Bovine to begin planning possible changes for 2011. A recent contact can offer some interesting insights. GEMINI […]


RECAPS – 12/13-12/17 ALL MY CHILDREN Æ After learning that she was three months into her pregnancy, Madison decided not to tell Ryan and make her own choice about the baby’s future. Ryan asked Kendall to share Christmas with him and Greenlee and the kids, but Kendall refused unless Greenlee was excluded. Jackson was determined that he and Erica would […]

Strange But True

• It was prolific British author G.K. Chesterton who gave the following sage bit of advice: “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.” • When Richard Nixon first ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives (which he won in 1946), he funded his campaign largely with money he won […]

Christmas cantata planned Dec. 19

Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jenkins, will present the cantata “Bethlehem Morning” written by Marty Hamley, under the direction of Lana Shubert, Sunday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Jeff Foster. Everyone is invited to attend.

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