Last Updated: Monday, November 24, 2014 7:49:49 AM
"You've got to be taught to hate..." (Oscar Hammerstein, "South Pacific")
The murder last Tuesday of five people and the serious wounding of several others while they were praying at a synagogue in Jerusalem is only the latest in a continuing patte ...
Last Updated: Monday, November 24, 2014 7:49:48 AM
It's bound to happen at Thanksgiving tables across America: A progressive liberal Democrat discovers he's sitting next to a conservative Republican.
There's no need for mashed potatoes to fly.
Harry Stein, an author, columnist and contributing ed ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 22, 2014 4:08:31 AM
When a recent announcement came out of a former mayor's son announcing his candidacy to run for mayor of Amsterdam I immediately thought of how political families have sort of become a standard in today's political landscape. Of course, this type of ...
Last Updated: Friday, November 21, 2014 8:12:00 AM
Today is the day the turkeys raised here at Northview will leave the farm to become Thanksgiving dinners for several of the kids' friends, and probably us too. There are six and they are large. Volkswagens come to mind.
When the kids got them they ...
Last Updated: Friday, November 21, 2014 8:11:58 AM
Illegal immigrants are the perfect Republican foe. They're easily exploited as low-cost workers benefiting business and easily maligned for being "lawless" benefiting politicians. They're a foreign other with a tendency not to speak English so suspic ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:55:11 AM
By JOSHUA GRAFF ZIVIN,
MATTHEW KOTCHEN and ERIN MANSUR
Los Angeles Times
Long thought a thing of the future, electric cars are becoming mainstream. Sales in the United States of plug-in, electric vehicles nearly doubled last year. Credible ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 8:17:15 AM
By MICHAEL SMERCONISH
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Last week, the nation first heard Robert O'Neill's personal account of the SEAL Team Six raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. But in June in Philadelphia, a lucky crowd of ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 8:40:56 AM
President Obama is soon expected to issue an executive order that would make it possible for some illegal immigrants, many of whom are the parents of children who are American citizens, to live and work in this country without the threat of deportati ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 8:40:55 AM
Did you hear atheists are suing God? According to Fox News' for-profit preacher Mike Huckabee they do it all the time. "Dear Lord." he tweeted last week, "Atheists are suing God AGAIN."
Never mind the spurious premise of a group of people suing the ...
Last Updated: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:55:06 AM
By JASON STANFORD
Cagle News Syndicate
Apparently, you're pretty busy. I'm a little surprised that you have time to read the paper, frankly. And you're not alone. Only 36 percent of our countrymen bothered to vote in the midterm elections. A l ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 15, 2014 4:08:36 AM
A Few Points on This and That
(Don't let anybody stick you with 'em)
The doll is the oldest toy known and the most remarkable collection is owned by a Londoner, who has one that is estimated to be 4,000 years old. (Some of the local playboys h ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 15, 2014 4:08:37 AM
By DUSTIN SWANGER
For The Recorder
Too often we hear negative messages about our area; these messages come mostly from ourselves. Frequent comments are: "There are no jobs here;" "nothing is happening in our area;" "why would you move here?" a ...
Last Updated: Friday, November 14, 2014 6:27:04 AM
While other months glow like the pages of a child's coloring book, November is a grumpy old man glaring from his porch, warning you to get off his lawn, and muttering dire threats under his breath.
November is nobody's buddy.
Still, like that cra ...
Last Updated: Friday, November 14, 2014 6:26:02 AM
I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days. But changing fashions and the results of the recent election may offer them hope.
Cigarette smoking used to be fashionable. Actors like Steve McQueen and Sean Connery made it loo ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 13, 2014 9:06:50 AM
By ABIGAIL R. HALL
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
When the new Congress begins work after the holidays, we'll see if all those promises to end wasteful spending were hot air or really meant something.
A good test case might be Lifeline, the ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:17:29 AM
At a dinner sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation last Thursday (I am an unpaid national advisory board member), there was a debate about wealth redistribution. A team of Canadian students who think government should "spread the wealth ...
Last Updated: Monday, November 10, 2014 6:44:43 AM
Having missed a July deadline for reaching an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the six world powers party to the talks -- the United States, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom and Germany -- have set Nov. 24 as their new deadline.
Last Updated: Saturday, November 08, 2014 4:08:54 AM
By MARK KILMER
For The Recorder
Since my deadline for this article falls 24 hours prior to Election Day, I have no idea who will win or lose at the time of this writing. But that is really not an issue since my topic, and my pleas to the voter ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 08, 2014 4:08:55 AM
Found in Some Wastebaskets
Dear Mr. Wilkie: When are you going to come after that bull purchased of us recently? We have been expecting to hear from you since that other time you were here with the truck that w ...
Last Updated: Saturday, November 08, 2014 1:42:42 PM
Just prior to the recent elections I happen to notice a survey that was taken with regard to how people feel toward the direction our country is heading. Sorry to say the survey did not sound promising. Upon thinking of this survey I thought to mysel ...
Last Updated: Friday, November 07, 2014 6:47:01 AM
A beautiful red tsunami swept across America Tuesday night.
Liberal pollsters and liberal pundits on TV refused to see the Republican wave coming and still can't believe it came.
But the S.S. Obama and its cargo of bad ideas sank like a rock, dra ...
Last Updated: Friday, November 07, 2014 6:46:59 AM
During the weeks leading up to Halloween a number of harsh events took place in the world of agriculture. Some were accidents, others acts of senseless greed, and some were brought about by just plain evil.
First, a fire claimed 11,000 sows and pig ...
Last Updated: Thursday, November 06, 2014 8:29:00 AM
By REKHA BASU
Des Moines Register
One day before Chris Christie was to return to Iowa for the second time last week, a protestor showed up at a Belmar, N.J., event where the governor was marking the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 05, 2014 9:00:55 AM
By MARK ZANDI
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Seemingly overnight, gasoline prices have plunged. Regular unleaded is approaching $3 per gallon at my local Wawa. That's the lowest price since just after the recession ended.
Since nothing makes Amer ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 04, 2014 7:51:57 AM
By MARKOS KOUNALAKIS
The Sacramento Bee
Ballot propositions and congressional races are sucking up all the political oxygen in the run-up to today's elections. They should. Informing ourselves and getting out the vote is critical for the healt ...