In the movie The Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher's daughter is worried about her mother's mental state. Mrs. Thatcher is no longer Prime Minister of the U.K. She has lost her husband to death, her son to distance, and her position as head of the government to the opposition. The daughter insists Mrs. Thatcher see the family physician.
Abortion is about as old as history itself. The Greeks did it. The Romans did it. Even the Catholic Church accepted abortion at one time. St. Thomas Aquinas did not believe the soul entered the body until quickening, the point when movement could be felt.
One of the Republican candidates - I don't remember who - said in answer to a comment for the audience, "No one in this country need go without medical care."
This is the year I turn 80. I've written hundreds of columns for this paper, but this could "push the envelope" and may upset many people.
Christmas is over. All the celebrations and good feelings will end New Year's Day with bowl games and a few New Year's resolutions. Then it's back to the same-old same-old. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, there's a very good chance you contributed to either a food drive or one of the many programs that provides Christmas gifts for underprivileged children.
When the movie "What the Bleep Do We Know" came out in 2004, I drove to Atlanta to see it. Its theme, the connection between spiritually, quantum physics and human consciousness, fascinates me.
Dear Lord, save me from modern technology and new and improved products. Every time I find a cleaning product or a cosmetic I like, the manufacture improves it. Every time I think I know where the grocery store stocks their seasonings or dried fruit, they move it.
The news about the four old codgers who were accused of wanting to bomb government buildings and kill a "bucket list" of people, including media personal, broke on a Tuesday. The story of their arrest was on the front page of The Times on Wednesday, and by Thursday it was in the New York Times.
The United States was established as a representative democracy: The people elect the government. Today, we increasingly frame ourselves as a participatory democracy: Citizens participate in government decisions.
After a certain amount of friendly persuasion, my husband and I agreed to accompany our cousins on a trip to the Dordogne Valley in France.
Less than 40 percent of the American public approve of the way President Barack Obama is running the country. Nevertheless, he'll probably run for a second term, but right now there is little indication that he can win.
September is my birth month. I'll be 79, a prime number, a number that stands alone, indivisible by any integer other than itself and one. Primes have fascinated mathematicians since the time of the early Egyptians and have been the subject of many theories and much debate. We think there are an infinite number of them, but maybe not.
If one picture is worth a thousand words, one good cartoon is worth even more. "Zits," a comic strip that appears regularly in The Times, says more about living with a 15-year-old than any parenting column, and a single panel of Gary Trudeau's, "Doonesbury" packs more punch than most political columns.
When is a tax not a tax? When corporations and public officials take money out of your pocketbook and call it something else, like risk sharing. The tea party folks have chanted "no new taxes" ad nauseam but not one word about policies that extract money from the public in other ways. For example, the deal Georgia Power Co. just got from the Public Service Commission. Georgia Power wanted to build two new nuclear reactors ...
Every society cares for its vulnerable. To do this humanely is a mark of a civilized people. Those who can't or won't care for their weaker members have fallen into barbarism.
As of this writing, six world powers have reached an agreement with Iran that would prevent that country from developing nuclear weapons.
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