The situation in Egypt put the U.S. squarely between its interests and its ideals. U.S. interests were with Hosni Mubarak. He brokered and maintained peace with Israel. Without him, that peace might fall apart. It still could. On the other hand, American ideals were always with the Egyptian people who want nothing more than to control their own destiny. A similar situation exists in Georgia today, only this time our ideals and interests are on ...
In 1584, an Italian philosopher named Giordano Bruno said the universe was infinite and contained a countless number of suns surrounded by a countless number of earths. For this and other heresies, the church had him burned at the stake.
A recent column in the Times began with the almost obligatory bashing of the Obama administration and continued in the same vein to include the Georgia legislature and the governor's office.
All politics is moral. Really now! I think a lot of people would dispute that statement. They'll tell you politics is anything but moral. Of course, they don't think their own political beliefs are wrong, but politics is about money and power and therefore basically corrupt. True, money and power corrupt, but politics is first of all about values. A political party looks at the values held by various members of the public and attempts ...
Wikipedia describes David Blume as a permaculture teacher. I knew next to nothing about David Blume and nothing at all about permaculture when I attended his daylong seminar at the Sautee Nacoochee Community Center a couple of weeks ago.
Words are wonderful things, a little like snowflakes. Snowflakes? Yes, because no two are exactly alike.
Economics is not called the dismal science for nothing. Brandon Givens had an excellent column in The Times last week, but I wonder how many people read it all the way through. Givens' numbers, his comments on Keynesian economics, his history of taxation in the U.S., are all educational, but they don't exactly make for fun reading.
What is "the common good"? Glenn Beck says "the common good" leads to death camps. I've seen too many quotes taken out of context, so I tried to find out what he was talking about when he made this statement. Apparently, he was urging his audience to put God, not political philosophy, first. OK, but this still leaves a huge disconnect. Whose God is he talking about? Could God possibly work for anything other than ...
Oh I know people are angry - angry about the recession, angry about unemployment, angry about taxes and bureaucratic regulations. But all this anger seems a bit unfocused to me.
I just turned 78, and my husband of 56 years is 82. Old age isn't for sissies. In fact, it sucks. Say this out loud, and someone will reply sweetly: "But it's better than the alternative."
This oft-repeated piece of wisdom is attributed to Deep Throat in the 1976 movie All the President's Men. Surely it's older than that. Money has always been a prime mover in man's machinations.
Back in June, I wrote a column explaining why life is better today than ever before. I provided facts and figures, suggested a book called "The Rational Optimist" by Matt Ridely, and even quoted Adam Smith who believed that international trade (globalization) promoted benevolence and, thus, a healthier society.
"And now ... (long dramatic pause) .., for the rest of the story." Most readers will remember the voice of Paul Harvey. His career in radio spanned seven decades. Today we call his type of narrative a "back-story," additional information or the story behind the story. The following is "the rest of the story" about a recent Associated Press article. Its headline, "Older, younger crowds team to fight nukes." The piece was picked up by ...
Humankind is a strangely conflicted species. We are saints and sinners, killers and healers, rational and emotional. We love and we hate without really understanding why.
Everybody has opinions. Some opinions are just that: opinion. Others go deeper. They become convictions, part of a personal belief system that resists change regardless of fact or circumstance.
The first mistake was calling it Obamacare. Apparently that moniker was coined by Hillary Clinton back in 2008 when she ran against Barack Obama in the primaries. She called her own plan Clintoncare. We're talking about national health coverage. Why not call it that? Because the name is politically neutral -- neither a rallying cry for one side nor a cudgel for the other.
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