Huff and Puff to keep your house standing, for the Common good
It was 1811 and Amos Burdine had just moved his wife Jennie, their boys and newborn daughter, Susannah, to Missouri. The family had settled on Dog Prairie about a third of the way up the Mississippi River toward Hannibal from St. Louis. Tensions between the U.S. and England had never been resolved. Native American Indians from the northeast had been displaced and pressured to move to the area. Wild animals and all types of scoundrels filled the woods. Danger lurked everywhere along the river.
Tea Party games about power, not people
We all had that one friend in the neighborhood growing up who, upon realizing they had no chance at winning a game, would proceed to upend the game board, throw the ball away, or simply say "Forget you guys, I'm going home."
Global positioning for The Common Good
According to translations of Plato’s Republic, the proverb, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention,” may well be ascribed to the philosopher. Plato observed that under normal conditions, a problem will pre-exist a solution. For instance, why would a person need a ladder if they did not need to perform a task that was too high to reach from the ground? His reasoning makes perfect sense. Fortunately, Plato never saw all of the “solutions looking for problems” proposed by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Dorman enjoys birthday celebration
If you have been keeping up with the news, the petition for creating a $500 million bond issue to help local schools build storm shelters was officially filed.
Recent actions by Congress show disregard for voters
I typically don't like to comment on national issues in the paper. There are enough editorial voices floating around the media sphere offering a variety of opinions, so typically I reserve mine for local affairs.
BLOG: Putin's hypocrisy is unbearable
It strikes me as odd that of all countries, Russia is the one advocating "dialogue" and "peace" when it comes to the Syrian problem.
Dorman addresses shelters further
I want to start off this week by apologizing for something inadvertent that I did this past week. I have been working with a group of citizens called Take Shelter Oklahoma to secure an initiative petition to get storm shelter funding for schools in Oklahoma
An unthinkable 9/11: contemplating war in support of Al-Qaida
Back in 2004, when a NYFD chief reminded the 9/11 Commission that it was never in "anyone's consciousness" that the Twin Towers would fall, he underscored a terrible truth. After 9/11, we entered the Age of the Unthinkable. Seared into our collective consciousness is that the Twin Towers could and did fall. So could the U.S. Capitol, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Superdome. Our children know that which we as children never before imagined -- passenger planes may become guided missiles, and skyscrapers may turn into smoking, twisted rubble. This age of Islamic jihad against the West has indeed expanded our consciousness.
To tell the truth for the Common Good
During the infancy of television, when those who had sets in their living rooms were outnumbered by those who did not, networks struggled to create programming for this new media. Many radio soap operas and variety shows were adapted to TV, but the genre that went through the roof was the panel game show.
Fightin' Words: Fans can change college football culture...if they want to
Back in the 1970s and 80s, Italy saw remarkable economic growth and everyone was happy.
This is probably why for the longest time, no one took an opportunity to remove the glittered golden veil and uncover what turned out to be a boom fueled by corruption, back room deals and shady dealings with the mafia.
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