My parents' generation timed it just right. Born in the thick of the Great Depression, they were taught from an early age how to pinch a penny. Though they were little at the time, they experienced the sacrifices of World War II. My father was drafted and served two years in the Army during the Korean War. By the time my parents married in 1956, America was on its way. Like many couples of the ...
When the end draws near and prospects darken, and polls solidify in the wrong direction, and the base sinks lower than the toenail clippings of a Galapagos turtle, does the practiced political operative give up? No sir, they whip out their secret weapon. Not the candidate's spouse. The real ace up the sleeve -- The October Surprise.
This week marks the 2012 installment of National Newspaper Week, an annual observance that runs through the first full week in October during which newspapers take the opportunity to promote themselves. Print journalism executives across America have sponsored the NNW since 1940.
Even after 30 years of fighting HIV, health experts say that the stigma and discrimination faced by those living with the disease remains one of the most significant barriers to treatment and prevention.
Thinking about his night moves, singer/songwriter/rocker Bob Seger started humming a song from 1962.
Believe it or not, our little corner of the universe has much in common with Tampa Bay, Fla.
HOLLYWOOD – God bless America, and how's everybody? The Ponderosa Fire raged out of control in Northern California Tuesday, threatening forests for hundreds of square miles. It could have been worse. If gasoline were made from marijuana instead of corn we'd all have to bicycle till the forest could be replenished. The USA Pro Cycling Challenge race will be held in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Utah. It's a brutal challenge for bicyclists. Last ...
I had the opportunity Tuesday afternoon to tape a to-be-televised debate between the two 112th District Kansas House candidates. For those of you living under a political rock, this includes Republican John Edmonds and Democrat Steve Muehleisen, both from Great Bend.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? Mitt Romney vowed to end the outsourcing of U.S. jobs overseas Sunday. The practice often backfires. One U.S. city outsourced its suicide hotline to a call-center in Pakistan, and if you call and tell them you are suicidal, they ask you if you know how to drive a truck. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was downsized by NBC Friday and dozens of staffers were fired to ...
Pulling into town soon-maybe where you live-will be the UndocuBus, the so called "Ride for Justice." In a shameless exhibition of United States immigration law flouting, the bus has emblazoned on its side "Sin papels, sin miedo" ("without papers, without fear").
What do you want the future to look like, more importantly what do you want it to feel like?
Go anywhere and strike up a conversation. "How's it going?" "Just trying to stay cool." "Yeah, I'm sick and tired of the @#$%*&! heat." Yes, tempers are as combustible as a field of wheat stubble. The scalding, skin-bubbling, blast furnace heat is the topic that breaks the ice, err, actually melts it and vaporizes it in a puff of steam. Sure, we've been teased with a few drops of rain and my front yard is ...
HOLLYWOOD – God bless America, and how's everybody? The London Olympics opener starred Paul McCartney, Captain Hook, James Bond and the Queen of England. What a show. James Bond was there to protect the Queen and Captain Hook was there to get Paul McCartney off the stage so the games could get underway. South Korean archer Dong Hyun set an Olympic archery record for the most number of bulls-eyes in Friday's qualifying round even though ...
Flowers. Have you ever really looked at flowers? How about kittens, have you ever really looked at kittens? How about dogs, you know, cute, cuddly puppies? Windmills? Barns? Horses? Sunsets? Little kids? Brothers,? Sisters? BFFs? The Royal Gorge? Grand Canyon? The St. Louis Arch? If you've ever judged 4-H and/or open class photography at a county fair, you have – over and over again. As the Barton County Fair gets rolling this weekend, it signals ...
Former President George Bush signed, in 2007, the federal Energy Independence and Security Act that set new energy efficiency standards, reducing our dependence on foreign oil. One provision was phasing out the traditional incandescent light bulb, invented in the early 1800s.
Trust ain't what it used to be in America.
God bless America, and how's everybody?
Back in elementary school when I was hand-writing my newspaper The Lewisburg Snoopy Nose, I never dreamed what sort of tools journalists would be using today.
Clearly, it MUST have been a video produced by America's enemies, a vicious piece of propaganda that was so outlandish it would have brought laughs 10 years ago. No one except indoctrinated citizens of communist countries would ever believe it.
In the week following Halloween, Jimmy Kimmel's stunt involving kids and their candy climbed to over 20 million views on YouTube. But public fascination with the gag doesn't change the fact that it is cruel and sadistic. It underscores the worst elements of mass media and social media, and the incendiary possibilities of combining the two.
God bless America, and how's everybody?
Here we go again. Pointing to a conservative study, Gov. Rick Perry proclaimed, "The discussion's over. The debate's over. The proof is in. Texas wins." And who did we beat? California, of course. It's enough to make you wonder if little Ricky got enough love growing up on the dirt farm. Someone get this kid a 4-H ribbon so the grownups can talk, because we've got some work to do.
I've heard a lot of interesting stories of people trying, and failing, to sign up for ObamaCare, but this one takes the cake.
Ahh. Thanksgiving. Best Holiday Ever! Love it all. The fact that a national holiday falls not on a Monday but a Thursday. How wacky is that? A regular Thursday in dead-solid center fall. Where the weather could be 80 and sunny, or 20 and snowing. Or, in certain parts of the Midwest, both.
Since June when the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization bill, tens of thousands of stories and broadcasts have been devoted to comprehensive immigration reform. Yet only a handful have outlined the bill's most crucial feature, namely that it will in most cases give immediate legal status and therefore work authorization to between 11-20 million illegal immigrants. On top of that, 20 million more overseas workers will be issued non-immigrant work ...
If this column needs a subtitle, let it be "Where The Rubber Meets The Vinyl."
It's been an up and down, rough and tumble, crazy, sad, frustrating year for America the Beautiful so far.
Sure, the country isn't doing so well at the moment, but there are still plenty of reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving.
As I have done at Thanksgiving for many years, I want to proclaim some of the things for which I am thankful on this uniquely American holiday.
It's not every day that Democrats and Republicans get to shake their fist in the same direction. That honor goes to Education Secretary Arne Duncan whose insult against "white, suburban moms" whose "child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were" has sparked outrage from the tea party to teachers unions-not to mention the PTA moms who are heavily invested in their children's schooling. Sec. Duncan is still walking back his remarks, but if a ...