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Otherwise get out of the way

Our tour guide nailed the problem. And he shut up a talkative Canadian woman. He was driving us through the mess caused by Katrina in New Orleans. He drove us past the ruined... read more...


The gift of adversity

Do you see that guy shaking his fist at the sky and cursing his father?   That was me.  My mantra was “You no good s.o.b.!”  You see, my father grew addicted to gambling.  Un... read more...


Experienced, gutsy Americans

Did you read Jesse Jackson’s accusation that Barack Obama is “acting white”? He made this slur while championing the cause of some black kids accused of assaulting a white kid... read more...


Are they sincere?

Are they sincere? Or are they merely political? I ask that question whenever some group organizes big time protests. For instance, I ask it when I see the latest blitz from ... read more...


Bottled water Nirvana

The latest news about bottled water reminds me of something we ought to remember from time to time. Americans know how to sell. Consider how we sell professional baseball. An... read more...


Help usually hurts

There is something fascinating going on in Africa that strikes close to home. James Shikwati, a Kenyan economist, is making headway with this idea: Countries like ours should... read more...


Bundles of cash in his freezer

Why is it we hate Congress? Polls tell us we like it as much as oil spills and leprosy. Only 32 percent (and rising) of us approve of our president. But a mere 18 percent (and... read more...


Revoltin’ development

As comedian Jimmy Durante used to say “Wot a revoltin’ development dis is!” The greens and lots of others call for more ethanol, more ethanol. They have pressured politicians... read more...


There are none so blind

I doubt whether many of the people who lived in various “golden ages” realized what was going on. I doubt that many proclaimed during the Renaissance “Hey, ain’t this era wunn... read more...


The Annual Head in the Sand Award

Our politicians are showing they know less about economics than kids who run a lemonade stand. If you tell the kids you are going to tax them for every pitcher of lemonade th... read more...


Why do you suppose this is?

When Americans are asked whether they are doing all right financially, they answer yes. Huge majorities answer yes. There have been several polls asking folks whether they hav... read more...


There is no joy in Metville

What ever happened to baseball? Took in a ball game in Binghamton, N.Y. a few weeks ago. And nearly fell asleep. This was one of the Mets’ farm teams. They are typical of far... read more...


Maybe a billion souls

Forgive me. I steal a few thoughts from an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. I do so because they concern a man who may have saved more lives than any man in history. And ... read more...


Sleep on it!

Help me out here. I am having trouble following the various solutions. The solutions to our "energy crisis". We’re burning too much oil and gasoline, critics tell us. Soon we... read more...


Zero to whine about

Democrats. May I suggest you deep six your idea of recreating the “fairness doctrine” for radio? Many of your leaders have been pushing for this. It is not good for your image... read more...



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