Lion and the Lamb: Do we want an eye for an eye?
The front page story of The Tennessean on October 25 read: “Death penalty back on track.” This heading was bordered by skulls and cross bones.
We the People: Becoming the Land of Opportunity
Many thousands of years ago, primordial humans migrated across a land bridge between what is now Russia (on the Asian Continent) and our state of Alaska. Part of North America was covered by melting glacial ice. That may be why the immigrants turned south.
TIDBITS: Keep fighting the good fight
As a woman in my mid-30s, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t worry about developing breast cancer. I don’t have a family history of the disease, but many women do not have relatives affected when they learn they have breast cancer.
STUMPTALK: No matter, America is exceptional
America is different than all other nations and has been since the day of its inception. Unlike all other nations before and since America has proclaimed as a self evident truth that all men are created equal. Our Founders wanted to create a nation where no matter who one’s father is the individual could freely choose to pursue his own ambitions without regard to one’s hereditary status or class distinctions. Americans would be free to act and be judged by their merits alone.
GARY'S WORLD: Stop overusing pumpkin and pretzels
I love fall and those who know me well, know it is my favorite season of the year. Not only is the weather cooler and perfect for wearing a jacket, but I also get to demonstrate my love and affinity toward flannel.
Lion and the Lamb: Let’s hear it for the women!
The 16-day government shutdown that has cost our nation an estimated $1.5 billion a day came to an end on October 16. If it had not been for a bipartisan group of women senators that had played a crucial role in sponsoring discussions between warring Republicans and Democrats, we might still have been in a shutdown today.
We the People: Method, not madness
We know that the sun is not a blazing chariot ridden through the sky by Apollo. We know that Norse god Thor doesn’t strike his anvil when we hear thunder. We know that the earth is not flat. Thanks to scientific investigation and experimentation, we know these old notions are just baseless fairy tales.
Stumptalk: What a revoltin' development this is
In the 1940’s and ‘50’s when situation comedy reigned on radio and then TV, William Bendix played Chester Riley, a father and husband who frequently created situations that turned out humorously badly for him, and his famous line was “What a revoltin’ development THIS is.”
Tidbits: Happy fall, y'all
I spotted a flock of birds headed due south Monday morning and I almost called out, “Take me with you!” The temperature had dipped into the low 30s, there have already been a couple of frost warnings and I’ve had to drag out my mittens and scarves to keep me warm on my morning walks.
LION AND THE LAMB: Our nation’s tribulation
Our nation is going through a special time of testing these days. In an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, a program that has already been voted on, one of our political parties has forced the shutdown of our federal government. A number of influential dynamics have been at play in this drama.
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