Constraints on taxation removed by 16th Amendment
When discussing - and griping about - income taxes, many Americans cite the 16th Amendment as the contrivance which makes possible those federal withholdings from their paychecks.
That is not entirely true. Income taxes existed and Congress possessed the power to tax before the 16th Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution, but the measure nullified the constitutional requirement that direct taxes be apportioned among the states or according to Census figures.
Cookson Jubilee: ‘39 and Holding’
The Cookson Jubilee, Cherokee County’s annual lakeside celebration, is just around the bend – and if you don’t know jack about it, this is your chance to learn.
Arts and crafts, entertainment and family fun are the highlights for the 39th annual event, slated for June 20-21. This year’s theme is “39 and Holding - Don’t Know Jack!”
The Jubilee takes place on the Tenkiller Area Community Organization grounds, 32247 S. 540 Road, next to the Tenkiller Airpark.
‘Yarn bomb’ pays tribute to late professor
Clusters of color in the trees have probably caught the eyes of many people traveling past the corner of College Avenue and Delaware Street.
The garden area of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tahlequah has been “yarn-bombed.”
Birdhouses a highlight of Habitat fundraiser
Tahlequah Area Habitat for Humanity volunteers are working on five projects around town, and they’ll be raising funds with a spaghetti dinner and birdhouse auction this Thursday at the Cherokee County Community Building.
For Baughman, food security is a priority
It is a challenge for many in the community to have enough to eat, especially children and elderly.
For 23 years, the CARE Food Pantry has offered assistance.
CARE Food Pantry Manager Becky Baughman, also a volunteer, is retired from Northeastern State University in sociology and criminology, and from the U.S. Army Reserves where she was a criminal investigator.
Voting rights extended by 15th Amendment
With passage of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the right to vote was supposed to be extended to all citizens of voting age - as long they were male.
A constitutional protection for women to vote was still decades away, but the 15th Amendment was an important extension of voting rights, even if federal application was desultory for much of the next century.
Young artist stretching her wings in oils
Art is part of everyday life, even for people who don’t think of themselves as artists. For her part, Erin Owen started as a dabbler.
“There are a lot of artists in my family, so I’ve always been encouraged to make art, but it took a while before I took a personal interest in it,” said Owen.
Eventually she realized art can be whatever you want it to be: “therapy, communication, expression, a story, a career, a lifestyle, a conviction. So, of course, I got hooked.”
Court battles fought over 14th Amendment - It’s about more than race
Of the three Reconstruction Amendments to the U.S. Constitution - or any amendment, for that matter - the 14th is the most litigated.
Passage of the amendment was traumatic. States of the defeated southern confederation realized the 14th Amendment was a federal encroachment on state powers, and except for Tennessee, they refused to sanction it. Southern states were placed under martial law until the 14th Amendment was ratified.
The Reconstruction Amendments were meant to end slavery and address issues for former slaves, and the 14th deals with equal protection and citizenship.
CN ‘Removal’ riders embark on journey
Wednesday morning, the clouds broke over Tahlequah just long enough for a dozen Cherokee Nation youth to embark on a 1,000-mile journey, retracing the paths of their ancestors on the Trail of Tears.
Taylor’s congregation hungry for the word
When Joe Taylor took the post as pastor at Barber Baptist Church a little over five years ago, he was most impressed with the congregation’s hunger for the word, their love for one another, their outreach and their respect for the office of pastor.
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