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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Columns

You can say that again, but not because I can't hear you
By the time you read this, I will have been, for three days, a full-fledged citizen of the Bionic World. I can't say when the first bionic apparatus was applied to a human body in the hopes that life would be better as a result. Perhaps it was the ear trumpet used by hard-of-hearing folks who could get the gist of what you were saying if you shouted into the bell of the trumpet, which was inserted in someone's ear. It wasn't a foolproof system at all...
Harassing veterans is no way to show appreciation
Military.com posted an article from The Associated Press that reported a group of college students from a University of Florida chapter of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity spit at a veterans group at a Panama City, Florida, resort. University president Kent Fuchs called the behavior unacceptable and promised an investigation and appropriate action in an email to Linda Cope, the founder of the Warrior Beach Retreat at Laketown Wharf Resort...
Civil unrest vs. domestic terrorism
Terrorists around the world make daily headlines by using violence against a system or belief with which they obviously disagree. Now, granted, that's a simplistic distillation on the meaning of terrorism. The new world order that seems to be unfolding before our eyes brings so many forms of terrorism and by so many names that it's easy to get lost in this level of violence that has become almost commonplace...
'We will' -- The U.S. and the regional power of Saudi Arabia
Conventional wisdom was that the power of Saudi Arabia, the world's leading oil producer, depended on high petroleum prices and a strategic partnership with the United States, coordinated on all major international issues (other than Arab-Israeli matters). ...
'Tapioca!' And now, the rest of the goofy story
Lots of things change as I grow older. And older. Bad news: I don't jog anymore. Wouldn't even think of it. Good news: My knees are in pretty good shape. At my age, you take what you can get. For a couple of years now, I have noticed -- and so has my wife -- a change in my sleep pattern. For lots of years I would go to bed and wake up eight hours later when the alarm went off...
Environmentalists' shower power
The Environmental Protection Agency strikes fear in the hearts of most Americans because of the substantial regulatory power it wields. The current administration has used the EPA as a tool to make an end run around Congress and implement much of the liberal utopian dream of a green society regardless of the cost or impact of those regulations...
The diary, and why I don't have one, except
More than once in my life I have attempted, with the best of intentions, to keep a diary, a daily journal of anything and everything I might think to jot down at any given time. I thought of my diary attempts -- all failed, of course -- as I tried to remember this week if it's time to put out the hummingbird feeders. I know the migrating birds are sending scouts this direction. It seems like mid-April is the time to begin the sugar-water hospitality campaign...
April a big month in U.S. history
The month of April is notable for events important in the history of our country, and this is only a partial list of those. April 12, 1770: The Townshend Act is repealed by Parliament, removing taxes on goods such as glass and paper, but allowing the tax on tea to stand. This further angered the colonists and led to the Boston Tea Party...
Column: A war of sand; China's island hopping strategy
During most of its history, China has dominated East Asia, intimidating nations at its borders with its size, military strength, economic prowess, and cultural achievements. For many centuries, Chinese emperors expected kings, princes and other rulers to send ambassadors to acknowledge this superiority, accepting Chinese overlordship in formalized rituals at the Forbidden Palace in Beijing. ...
Hillary Clinton's four assets
It's almost obligatory to comment on Sunday's long expected announcement that Hillary Clinton is running for president. Curiously absent from the announcement was her husband. And, for starters, I think that was a mistake because Bill Clinton -- flaws and all -- still remains an immensely popular figure in American politics...
Old Town Cape recognized with Great American Main Street Award
Old Town Cape recognized with Great American Main Street Award Old Town Cape was presented with the Great American Main Street Award in Atlanta, Georgia on March 30. I was privileged and honored to attend the award ceremony presented by the National Main Street Center...
Tips, books and education loans
If you want to get a broad political, economic and international view on issues, I recommend (among others) the Drudge report, Huffington Post, realclearpolitics.com, lucianne.com and johncombest.com. It is interesting the different angles of news coverage on the same subject...
I can't remember ever being able to remember stuff
Forgetting things is what I do best. Little things. You know what I mean. But a bunch of little things can become, rather quickly, a BIG THING. Which is why I'm telling you this in the first place. Let me see. What was I going to say *... ? Oh, yes. Forgetting stuff...
Who runs ISIS?
In an April 4 article, Liz Sly of the Washington Post Beirut Bureau, with 15 years' experience in the Mid-East including covering the war in Iraq, discusses the origins and leadership of ISIS. The rise of the Islamic State or ISIS has caught many in the West off guard with little knowledge about the organization. ...
Waste, fraud and abuse
Politicians of all stripes like to talk endlessly about "waste, fraud and abuse," primarily because it's a popular theme with voters. Granted, the Democrats tend to focus on corporate abuse while the Republicans turn their eyes toward welfare abuse...