Small Town Girl: Britain's missing royalty
Last week, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, after a 33-year-reign, abdicated in favor of her son, the now-King Willem-Alexander. He is now the youngest monarch in Europe and is the first Dutch king in more than 120 years. One has to wonder how Prince Charles of England felt while attending the coronation ceremonies. After all, he has been waiting to inherit the English throne from his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, for over 60 years.
We the People: Minimum wage is not enough to live on
For folks too young or too unaware what has happened to our economy the past 30 years, here is an answer. Ronald Reagan, G.H.W. Bush and the Republican Party are responsible for what we know as "Reaganomics," an economy that continues today resulting in few "labor unions” and the resulting low wages and lack of worker benefits.
Lion and the Lamb: In the eye of the beholder
The May 5 issue of People magazine appeared with an astonishing cover. It proclaimed in big letters "World's Most Beautiful Woman!" and featured 40-year-old actress Gwyneth Paltrow. The issue also included the facial pictures of over a hundred other American beauties from age 15 to 70.
Tidbits: The value of a community newspaper
I'll be the first to agree the life of a reporter isn't glamorous, especially when you work at a small town newspaper.
Stumptalk: Blowback — for every action...
Blowback (1) — the escape to the rear of a gun of gases formed by the discharge of a projectile (Funk & Wagnalls, 1963). In 1967 I knew a Marine sergeant at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia, who had lost his arm in Vietnam when a 105 mm Howitzer “blew back” on him.
GARY'S WORLD: Sexual preferences are not breaking news
Sometimes when I think about how much the world and society and the media have changed over the past 20 years, it makes me cringe.
SMALL TOWN GIRL: Learning how to dine solo
Dinners are a family affair for me. Unless it’s an extremely rare occasion where I eat out with friends, I eat dinner with my parents every night, whether we go out or stay in for one of Dad’s delicious, home-cooked meals. But ever since my nephew was born five years ago, my parents have been traveling to Chattanooga once or twice a month to stay with my brother and his family, leaving me to my own devices when it comes to dinner.
LION AND THE LAMB: Our nation’s mission
On May 1 ten years ago, President George Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln just off the San Diego coast, and under a banner proclaiming “Mission Accomplished,” gave a speech announcing the end of major combat operations in the Iraq War. There has been some debate about whether the banner referred to the carrier’s 10-month deployment or to the war itself, but it soon became an ironic symbol of our involvement in the Middle East.
WE THE PEOPLE: Confederacy of duds
Thomas Paine wrote, in Common Sensein 1776: “our wisdom, there is a visible feebleness in some of our proceedings which gives encouragement to dissensions.” Our contemporary feebleness includes bucketsful of Distinctions without Differences. Currently prominent among them is: “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Equivalents masquerade as logic in much civil and uncivil discourse. Imagining science and religious dogma to be equally valid tools in the pursuit of measurable reality is another blatant false equivalent.
TIDBITS: Losing sleep over wandering pets
I’ve been losing sleep the last week or so because of the problem of wandering dogs.
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