Quick! In five words tell me. What's the difference between Democrats and Republicans? "More government vs less government." Now, in 10 words tell me what government means in a democracy. Think Abraham Lincoln. "... Of the people, by the people, and for the people." Democracy is defined not by how much or how little government a nation has but by who elects the government and how the government serves its people. Who elects our government? ...
Both the Republican and Democratic conventions are behind us now. The two parties have chosen their gladiators, and for the next seven weeks they will battle it out. They'll do whatever they can to win the Presidency. I'm afriaid things are going to get ugly
I'll be 80 this month. At this age I can look back and pinpoint the various times when scientific theories moved from speculation to established fact. For example, I was in the anthropology department at Georgia State when plate tectonics was formally accepted by the world's leading geophysicists.
What are your core values? You're going to be asked this a lot as we approach Election Day. Think carefully before you answer. What motivates you? What do you hold dear? What institutions or beliefs are basic to your life and well being?
There are times when I want to cry. Not just shed a few tears but seclude myself in some quite place and sob for hours.
Have you watched any political ads recently? Most of us have, even people like me who don't have TV. They're hard to escape, but when you ask someone if he or she is influenced by what they see, they say no.
Say what you mean, and mean what you say. Sounds good, but that isn't the way it works, at least not in politics.
When my granddaughter was about 5, I use to entertain her with fairy tales. At each retelling, she and I would think up some new variations on the classics. After a while, the Three Bears morphed into a story about modern bears living in the North Georgia mountains.
When people learn that I'm a columnist, the first question is always, "What do you write about?" My answer: All the things a polite person is NOT supposed to talk about: religion, politics and sex.
What is it about evolution? A teacher in one of our local colleges described the reaction of one of her students when evolution was introduced in a biology class. The girl was visibly upset. She said she was afraid it would cause her to lose her faith. The teacher tried to reassure her without saying the obvious: A faith that could be damaged by learning the basic facts of nature is not worth keeping. And ...
"Why Have Children?" I'm not asking. It's the name of a book by Christine Overall, and it's subtitled, "The Ethical Debate." With all the political brouhaha over abortion, contraception and reproductive rights, it's interesting to find someone posing the question: Should we have children at all? Overall believes we should, but she qualifies her conclusion. There are times when bringing a child into the world is irresponsible. Another author, David Benatar, believes human beings shouldn't ...
The first visit to a new doctor means filling out pages and pages of forms: Name, age, address, and so forth. Then financial matters, privacy issues and, finally, a long personal history. At my age, I can't even begin to remember all my various operations or hospital visits.
I woke this morning, rolled over in bed, and glanced at the illuminated numbers on my clock. After 6, still black outside, but time to get up. I stumbled toward the door, flipped the light switch in the hall, and turned up the thermostat to take the chill out the house.
I wonder if anybody really understands what's going on with America's health care system.
March 11 was the one-year anniversary of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami.
Last week, NPR announced that a bullet had been successfully fired from a plastic gun. The big news is this: The gun came from a 3-D printer. So much for gun control, for background checks and any other measure to reduce the number of easily available handguns in the nation.
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