TIDBITS: The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat
The eyes of the world have been focused on Sochi the last week or so as the winter Olympics enthralled us all. Out of the games come some memorable moments.
STUMPTALK: Obama’s speeches are factually empty
“Lies, damned lies and statistics” is a quote often attributed to Mark Twain. It should be a required quotation printed at the top of each government report and on the TV screen during an Obama speech.
Lion and the Lamb: Living in different worlds
Oxfam is an international alliance of 17 organizations that are working in 94 countries to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. Last month, on January 20, Oxfam released an astonishing report: the 85 richest people in the world now have as much wealth as the world’s 3.6 billion poorest people who comprise about half of our planet’s entire population.
We teh People: Our attention-deficit Congress
Some citizens in our country hate the government. At least they say they hate the government. It’s not always clear what they mean by the “government.” Most don’t hate soldiers and sailors. They don’t hate the checks the government sends them. But they don’t want bureaucrats and politicians raising taxes to help fix a few things.
Stumptalk: Should the minimum wage be raised?
There is no constitutional authority for the federal government to establish a minimum wage for workers in private industries. Of course, not having the authority doesn’t seem to stop the federal government from violating the constitution.
GARY'S WORLD: A 'Look Back' at the social network
Facebook celebrated its 10th anniversary this past Tuesday. In fact, it's celebrating all week long. The king of social networking websites first launched Feb. 4, 2004, at Harvard University, connecting students through a network at the school.
WE THE PEOPLE: Spinning out of control
Some “anti-government” folks have gone so far out on the right wing that they are causing us to spin out of control. They promote policies that actually take away personal choices. They frame social issue arguments to the point of absurdity. They show blind adherence to groups that couldn’t care less about them. And… they may take us all down with them.
LION AND THE LAMB: Pete Seeger’s gift to us
The past decades since the 1940s have brought us a golden age of folk singers. These have included Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary, New Christy Minstrels, and Bernice Johnson Reagon (and her Sweet Honey on the Rock group). But the most influential of all has been Pete Seeger who died this past week on Jan. 27 at the age of 94.
TIDBITS: Surviving the winter weather
I demand a recount, a do-over, a mulligan — something that will give that furry little weather forecaster up in Pennsylvania an opportunity to change his mind on his prediction. I just don't think I can handle another six weeks of the bitter cold winter weather and I'm sure he got it wrong.
STUMPTALK: Some things just aren’t right
Some things aren’t right, for example, aluminum baseball bats. The people who introduced aluminum bats should be prosecuted. As one who grew up hearing thunderous zocks! from wooden bats hitting baseballs, I cringe every time I hear the effeminate poink! of an aluminum bat. No wonder fewer children now play baseball. Who wants to listen to that?
- More Opinion Headlines
- TIDBITS: The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat