As I recovered from a knee replacement surgery in the beautiful north tower of our Northeast Georgia Medical Center, and later in a week in a rehabilitation facility and then my home, I had lots of time to think about the health care insurance proposal from President Barack Obama now being considered by the House of Representatives. I realize we also need to see the version to be considered by the Senate that should appear soon.
September 07, 2009|
I believe that family structures are the building blocks for all societies, here and in other countries as well. We live in a fast-changing world with so many things in our lives that seem to be just happening beyond our ability to control or avoid. Families give us an anchor that can tie the present with our personal history in the past.
August 24, 2009|
During congressional hearings concerning Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to be a justice on the Supreme Court, we had an interesting exchange of ideas over lunch. Two of my friends were very concerned that Sotomayor might rule in future cases based upon her personal values and not the law itself. That is a valid concern. After all, justice is supposed to be blind.
August 10, 2009|
Recently on our way back to Gainesville from the gymnastics camp in Athens, my granddaughter asked me, "why did the U.S. get involved in the Korean War?" In her history class, she had studied other recent wars fought by our military, but that study did not include Korea.
The United States' oldest overseas military post, Guantanamo Naval Base (or "Gitmo") on the southeastern coast of Cuba, does not rest on property belonging to the United States. The actual owner of that territory legally is Cuba. We rent it from Cuba at a cost of $2,000 per year, according to the Lease Agreement signed in 1903.
On May 30, 2000, my younger sister, her husband, and I drove into Gainesville. My moving van coming down from Pennsylvania had not arrived. So the three of us spent our first night in Gainesville sleeping on air mattresses in an otherwise empty home that I had bought the year before when I saw a house with two good features.
A country has sovereign powers to govern by law the land of its territory, the airspace above that land, and the seas along its coasts out to a limit of 12 nautical miles. Earlier the sea limits were set at three nautical miles because that was the distance a cannon on the beach could fire.
The main symbols of the two political parties in the U.S. are the donkey for the Democratic Party and the elephant for the Republican Party. Both appear to have been made popular by political cartoonist Thomas Nast in the 1870s.
It is easy to start a war by invading or dropping bombs, as the Japanese did on Pearl Harbor. Ending a war is more difficult. A country may choose to stop hostilities and retreat, but then the other side can claim victory. Perhaps the best way to end a war is to negotiate a peace treaty, but that can be difficult and have unintended results.