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The Roman Weslowski Bulletin Board

The ghost of Roman Weslowski took a few bows the last few weeks. Roman owned the supermarket I worked in as a kid. He beat the pants off chain supermarkets that tried to compe... read more...


Get out of the way

“Now wait a minute, lady.” This was the man who delivered the commentary. When I recently toured the parts of New Orleans that were devastated by Katrina. In the worst-hit a... read more...


Gobbled up!

Price gougers! Conspiracy! Crisis! In January they were charging just $2.10. By the end of October they were gouging us for $3.47. That is a massive increase. Just since mid-... read more...


Veterans’ Day evokes powerful memories

Veterans’ Day stirs up three memories: A boy tugs open a dresser drawer to talk to his dad. A man named Bucky beckons from a photo on a wall half a world away. A strange man t... read more...


A speck of an island

Looking out at the sea from the shores of a speck of an island (St. Eustatius) in the Caribbean, I think of the many ways life is improving. For the islanders. For us in Ameri... read more...


And that is no fairy tale ...

When you hear the economy created 150,000 new jobs in a month you hear a fairy tale. Once upon a time, your economy created...and they all lived happily ever after. This is a... read more...


The advertisers’ referee

You have seen film clips of football games from the 30’s. Can you imagine one of those games - at a critical point - screeching to a halt. So that a car maker could drive his ... read more...


There’s a pattern Mrs. Shook!

People who lay awake with worries about running out of oil, or gas at $5 a gallon or somesuch bring Mrs. Shook to mind. She was our neighbor when I was a kid. She had no tele... read more...


Consider the source

“Consider the source.” If my grandmother was alive. And I told her about the shenanigins that went on at the UN recently. She would have advised me: “Consider the source.” M... read more...


Off With His Head!

So now the Pope has to apologize. To savages. I hope he knows the Latin for “Stuff it in your ear, dimwits.” I’m sorry if my words offend you. They no doubt will upset the s... read more...


Stowed away with Diana and Elvis

If you buy into these conspiracy theories, I apologize to you. If you believe 19 young men did not steer two planes into the World Trade Towers on 9/11, forgive me for laughi... read more...


Leave it for the night crew

Stand by... for higher taxes. Really higher taxes. And reduced benefits. There is an old joke about a boy who grows angry over his oversized toy truck. He tries to park it be... read more...


Turgid communiques

How would you like to have a job writing communiques? You know, from these big confabs between world leaders. How about making a career of writing UN resolutions? I think of... read more...


Killing inflation

The Fed is making a bet. Perhaps the biggest bet in the world. Many people wonder what the Fed does and why it does it. And what happens if the Fed makes the wrong move. As ... read more...


Ignoring news?

So now we learn that some of the photos you see in newspapers and magazines are doctored. Some of the photos you see in tv news are faked. Perhaps many of them have been. Blo... read more...



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