Labor Day weekend provides us an annual three-day break before summer fades into fall. School and football are back, and though it's still plenty hot, the days are growing shorter and the leaves are crisping up for seasonal changes to come.
August 31, 2014|
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Polls are, at best, a snapshot of how the public thinks at any given time and we can take or leave them at times. Yet a couple of recent studies by the Pew Research Center show an interesting peek into the American psyche.
Last week's Supreme Court ruling that family-owned corporations cannot be required by the government to provide insurance coverage that includes contraceptives, if doing so violates the owners' religious beliefs, came at an ironically fortuitous time.
It's good to know our nation is in such solid standing around the world, economically and socially, that our government's priorities can be redirected. What evidently matters is not merely unrest in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria or Ukraine, a rising national debt and entitlement tsunami, the flood of refugee children across the U.S. border or the battle over national health care.
When it comes to Washington politics, the old rules of cause and effect don't seem to apply, at least not in a logical way. They never really did, to be honest, but the rules of engagement keep bending ever further from the pull of common sense.
America's lengthy roster of war dead began with 25,000 lost establishing our nation in the Revolutionary War, the first believed to be Crispus Attucks in the Boston Massacre of 1770. That was followed by 20,000 in the War of 1812 and 13,000 in the Mexican War in the 19th century.
It's that time of year when proud young men and women don the odd yet traditional attire of colored robes and a square hat with a dangly tail, walk across a crowded stage to much fanfare and clutch a piece of rolled-up paper that says, in essence, "You have reached the next level. Move ahead one giant step."
Broken families. Neglectful parents racked by poverty, addiction or poor personal decisions. Abused children denied a normal upbringing. Government agencies short on resources and personnel scrambling desperately to keep a bad situation from getting worse.
October 19, 2014|
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