Whether I was a preschooler hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a young adult spelunking in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave or a father introducing his son to Shiloh National Military Park, I always felt I could enjoy America's treasures without too much intrusion from Madison Avenue.
Growing up, Larry Keenan didn't have a lot of rules. He didn't need them - a simple stare got his point across. But one thing all my siblings understood was this: Getting a job was a top priority. Dad's expression, forever burned in my brain, was "You need to learn the value of a dollar."
On NBC News the other night, anchorman Lester Holt reported that Donald Trump was pivoting to a more presidential image. In the measured tones that we commonly associate with "objectivity," Holt said: "Trump's comments appear to signal a more moderate shift..."
In a recent interview I was asked why Bernie Sanders, a self-described "democratic socialist" had seemingly attracted so much support among young people. In fact polls suggest Sanders is the most popular candidate among people aged 18-29, and 51 percent of that same age group appears fed up with "capitalism in its current form," according to a recent Harvard study.
Most of us don't normally associate tow truck drivers with humor. Anger, outrage, despair and generalized hostility, yes, but humor, no. That's why the story from Fox News in Asheville, N.C. is so interesting.
Oh dear. Not pretty. The upcoming presidential campaign is ugly now and destined to ratchet up to epic uglier as soon as Bernie Sanders decides to bow out. Which is imminent. Not soon enough for Hillary Clinton, but not long.
The biggest victory for taxpayers in the Obamacare fight so far was the enactment in late 2014 of language prohibiting the Risk Corridor program from being transformed into an open-ended bailout for big insurance companies.