Austin Rhodes

Say Hello (Again) to Beau!

Say Hello (Again) to Beau!

As I was doing research for this week’s Spirit column, I searched my database for the term “self reliance” and low and behold, look what popped up. Six years ago, almost to the day. Yes, it was a column commemorating the birth of my son, but holy cow do I agree with the premise and […]

Southern Red States More Diverse Than Yankee Blues

Southern Red States More Diverse Than Yankee Blues

As someone constantly defending conservative ideas and concepts in government and education, one criticism I have consistently heard from detractors concerning “red states” (those that historically support conservative political candidates and causes) is that our collective intellect is suspect, and proof of that can be found in our historically poor education systems. They point to […]