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I've always appreciated a library. As a person who loves to read, who wouldn't love a building filled with books? But recently, I've been making more and more use of our fabulous Art Circle Library at 3 East St. in Crossville.
STUMPTALK: Separation of church and state
Secular fundamentalists, secular humanists, moral relativists, and cultural nihilists often rail against an imaginary theocratic threat from sincere Christians, who they say want to impose their beliefs on everyone. First, as to the imposition of beliefs: everyone who petitions the legislature to pass laws about anything is trying to impose his beliefs on all citizens. At this point in the nation’s history, many people struggle under imposed beliefs that violate their religious faith, and also under imposed beliefs about taxes, environmentalism, marriage, and sexuality.
Gary's World: Unexpected stings can be positive influence
It's funny how the little things in life can bring about big revelations.
Random Thoughts: The art of Oldenburg
Last week I wrote about my book of letters but there was one handwritten one I didn’t include. It was written to me by Claes Oldenburg on December 8, 1972 when he was only 43.
Lion and the Lamb: Revising the Second Amendment
Several weeks ago in Crossville I saw a man wearing a T-shirt that proclaimed, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” There was no indication on the T-shirt where that quote came from, but there was no need for one. The intense national debate about the Second Amendment had taken care of that.
We the People: Grandstanding and buffoonery
Winter had gone into overtime, and the days were dreary. Then along came C-PAC, or as Republican campaign adviser Steve Schmidt called it, “the Star Wars alien bar scene.”
Tidbits: Using the SMELL Test
There's no doubt we live in the information age. Thanks to the Internet, information that was once tucked away in various little areas is now out there and available to the masses.
Stumptalk: The presidency of Calvin Coolidge
Enter the Coolidge era of common sense and efficiency. Coolidge’s budget meetings were very demanding. He instituted a “Two Percent Club” for executive branch heads who managed to save two percent of their budgets, and then a “One Percent Club” for those who managed to save more than two percent.
RANDOM THOUGHTS: Fond letter memories
There comes a time when decisions must be made. Do the many autograph and letter memories that have meant something to me mean anything to anyone else in the family? The answer has to be no.
LION AND THE LAMB: Marriage’s long journey
The institution of marriage has had a long and varied history over the years. This is partly due to the fact that as the years go by, we have come to newer understandings about human biology, psychology, and how gender and justice issues relate to that institution. It is partly due, also, to the fact that people marry for different reasons: social, libidinal, emotional, legal, financial, spiritual, and religious. All of these have had an impact on how we view that institution and how it has been molded by custom and law.
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