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?
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.
You've heard the definition of an optimist: Someone who lives with a pessimist. My husband of 57 years is the funniest man I know. He's smart, generous and empathic, but he is also a pessimist. And as is often the case with pessimists, he tends to get depressed.
"For everything there is a season..." - Ecclesiastes 3
What do you say when you have said it all before? You repeat yourself, of course, but you better have a new twist or a catchy sound bite.
Report after report tells us the U.S. is falling behind in math and science. How bad is it?
Our world will end, if we don't act May 21, the end of the world according to Howard Camping, came and went, and we're all still here. Of course, doomsday still may be lurking around the corner waiting for us. In fact, I can make a pretty good case that it is - if anybody will listen. But I don't have Preacher Camping's personal charisma.
It is hard enough to do justice to a single news item in 650 words. Today I am going to tackle two. Both are current, both important but apparently unrelated. Nevertheless, I see a connection. More than that, I see them both as a kind of public Rorschach test.
The Lockheed Constellation was a magnificent airliner in its day. Built in California between 1943 and 1958, it saw service in the Berlin airlift, was President Dwight Eisenhower's official aircraft, and carried commercial passengers for several major airlines.
I have a note taped up over my computer that reads: "Be prepared for synchronicity in your life. It grew out of some unnamed force somewhere in the universe. Acknowledge it when it appears. Be grateful and give thanks, for if you think deeply, you will find it is not random at all."
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