American values target of terrorism
Exactly 11 years after the September 11th attacks, the tragic and troubling events in Libya and the greater Middle East are a reminder that freedom and American values remain a target for violent extremists.
Parental growing pains
Over 37 years ago my parents stood in a tiny room in the back of a church with my wife-to-be just minutes before she was to walk down the aisle to join me in saying “I do.” It was a joyful moment of pre-marital bliss, for my wife-to-be, that is.
Keeping up appearances
If you own a business or a building on Main Street, when was the last time you came in through the front door? Most business owners know the importance of parking in the back, but once in a while, it is necessary for a proprietor to get the same perspective as the customer.
National debt tops $16 trillion
On September 4, the United States economy reached the latest in a long succession of troubling milestones when our national debt topped $16 trillion for the first time in history. Just as alarming as the staggering magnitude of the debt is the fact that we didn’t arrive at this level gradually.
Failed energy policy equals high gas
The media may no longer be paying attention to gas prices, but the American people are fully aware that fuel costs are on the rise again. The $3.72 national average gas price recorded on August 20 was the highest ever observed on that date. Prices have risen 9 percent over the past few months, making 2012 the most expensive year ever for drivers. According to USA Today, industry experts predict average prices could rise as high as $3.90 and remain above $3.00 even into autumn.
The whole universe was in a hot dense state
Those who know me best can assess the truth of the statement that I am a little bit obsessive. A psychiatrist of my acquaintance says, “Of course you are obsessive. You have a PhD.” (I number several psychologist/psychiatrist among my friends; I think they like to study me.) His point is that anyone who spends a lot of time studying about a single topic with such intensity is not “normal” some ways.
Getting rid of ‘stuff’ is painful chore
I’ve never thought of myself as a materialistic person, but I have been appalled at all the things I have accumulated in the course of a lifetime. Following an attack of Guillian Barre’, an auto immune disease of the extremities, and six weeks of hospitalization at Hot Springs, Ark., we realized I could no longer live alone, and I moved into a one-bedroom apartment at Baptist Village.
One step closer to tax reform
'One day after voting to prevent a massive tax hike from hitting small businesses and families, House Republicans also took action to reform the entire tax code. It’s not just high tax rates that discourage businesses from growing. The very structure of the tax system is so complex, inefficient, and unfair that the United States is becoming one of the worst places to do business in the developed world.
An Okie nav system
Back in the day before I had a GPS, I had a Jean-PS. That is to say, my wife, Jean, would position us on our way. Back in those days, my car was a Ford F-100 pickup truck without any air conditioning other than our rolled-down windows.
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