Viewpoints

Is Reality Optional?

Suppose I declare that I am a king. Should you be required to address me as “Your Majesty”? You say, “Williams, that’s lunacy! You can’t prove such nonsense.” You’re wrong. It’s proved by my declaration. It’s no different from a person born with XY chromosomes declaring that ...

All You Need Is Love

Since the day after Christmas, many have walked through stores and seen the commercialization of the next big holiday which we will be celebrating just eleven days from now. This coming holiday has come to be known as the “Holiday of Love.” Of course, we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s ...

Rural America And The Role of Government

When people run for office, we often hear that their goal is to promote “jobs, jobs and more jobs!” In my own experience of having held public office, there is a limited impact that a single individual can make in government in terms of job creation no matter how good their ...

Answers . . . More Or Less

You know, I still don’t know. Twan Leenders of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute identified my thing pretty quickly as an oriole nest. Photos he rapidly raised on the internet confirmed the shape and size. In his hands, it opened to reveal the nest inside — twigs purposely arranged ...

The Manure-Spreaders Of Media Sensationalism

Here we go again. If you think the manure-spreaders of sensationalism who masquerade as ethical practitioners of journalism learned anything from last week’s MAGA-bashing Covington Catholic High School hoax, I have three words for you: Ha, ha, ha. On Tuesday morning, uncorroborated claims ...

The Farmer’s Alphabet Continued

Last week I began the Farmer’s Alphabet as published year’s ago in “Today’s Education” February/March 1982. I take up here right where I left off. It was written by Mary Azarian, a former teacher from Vermont. Q: Quilt — I have always loved Amish quilts. I know they are ...

Early Epidemic Of Democratic Presidential Hopefuls

WASHINGTON — In the first days of January 1960, Democratic Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts declared his candidacy for president, nearly a year before the actual balloting. This year, at least half a dozen hopefuls have already signed on for what promises to be an exhausting and costly ...

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is The Ultimate Crossover

Move over “Avengers: Infinity War.” For those who know their pop culture, “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” was by far a more ambitious crossover event and definitely the most surprising one of 2018. For one, Marvel owns every character featured in “Infinity War.” It did take an insane ...

Emphasis On Solar And Wind Stresses Electricity Systems

America’s electricity system is quickly losing one of its major strengths — “dispatchable fuel diversity” — due to the rapid growth of problematic solar and wind power and an overdependence on just one fuel source in some states, a trend with dire implications for electricity ...

Cave Vs. Wall

The first thing that needs to be said about President Trump’s decision to sign a measure re-opening part of the federal government without getting money for the wall he demanded is that his experience as a New York businessman was no help. Perhaps he failed to recognize that Democrats are the ...

Shutdown Hit Wall Of Truth

It’s hard to count the half-truths, warped symbolism and abuse of logic that plunged our country into a government shutdown. Sure, blatant lies will do it, but these other players are worse because they are sneaky. Now, President Trump’s reason for the shutdown, a “crisis” at the ...

In Defense Of Assimilation

The worst thought crime is the one you don’t realize you’re committing. So it was with NBC News legend Tom Brokaw, who — for good reason — didn’t understand that assimilation is now a third rail of American politics. He caused a furor with comments on the venerable Sunday news ...

Redistribute The Pain

Next time, they should redistribute the pain. That’s an expression Martin Luther King used — he credited Jesse Jackson — in the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike as he urged boycotts and other forms of economic coercion in support of the strikers. Those men had been suffering alone, ...

The Good Life: Biscuits And Snow: Rowerbazzle!

First, it snowed. Then, near midnight, it rained. Finally, it snowed again, atop the frozen rain. So on Jan. 20, I pondered how to move the ice sandwich that layered our sidewalks, our garage pad, the 30-foot uphill slope from it to the main driveway, and the 200-foot driveway ...

A Childhood Home Isn’t For Everyone

First, I saw the photo. Why, I wondered, was my youngest sister texting a picture of a yellow Kobelco excavator perched on a mountain of dirt and splintered wood? I read her message and felt my own patch of earth shift: “Saying good-bye to 1225.” Our childhood home. Gone. About two ...

Demonizing White Men

Rush Limbaugh’s December 2018 Limbaugh Letter has an article titled “Demonizing White Men.” It highlights — with actual quotations from people in the media, academia and the political and entertainment arenas — the attack on white men as a class. You can decide whether these ...

Campaigns Do Matter And Can Change History

In 1960, when John F. Kennedy was running for the White House against Richard Nixon, winning Democratic presidential tickets still depended on the backing of segregationist party colleagues in the Southern states. In October of that year, when Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and sent to ...

Are People Ignoring Trump Or Just Bored By Him?

It started during the midterm campaign. Democrats stopped talking about Donald Trump all the time. Now presidential hopefuls are doing the same. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, once a relentless sparring partner on Twitter, all but ignores Trump’s goading comments. Is the reason, as some commentators ...

What’s In A Last Name?

Television has introduced us to many memorable characters over the years, and many of those characters are remembered by their character names, but they shared the small screen with some very talented actors who we may remember by their character’s first names, but may not have picked up ...

The Covington Rorschach Test

Sometimes, a three-point celebration is just a three-point celebration. Sometimes, a pep rally is just a pep rally. Sometimes, a smile is just a smile. And sometimes, a hat is just a hat. Only among the most deranged partisans could a universal sports ritual, a common high school activity, a ...