Dunno which platform you use, on Windows I'd have two recommendations - try Picasa 3 and Paint.NET. Both are freebies.
Picasa is completely photo oriented, it's got a very funky non-standard interface but unlike Gimp, mere humans can learn it. I use it occasionally, works very well in some situations.
Paint.NET is more drawing oriented than photo oriented but if you look under Effects -> Photo there are basic tools for removing red-eye, softening portraits, sharpening and such.
It's very rare that a single application will have all the right features to get everything done. That's a fantasy that software vendors try to sell people on. Sometimes you need a screwdriver, sometimes you need a hammer. There's a reason they don't sell hammers with phillips head bits at the end of the handle. Same applies to software.
(how is it that I just *know* some smartass is going to find some outfit that sells screwhammers or hammerdrivers or whatever