How the GOP crippled the Postal Service

September 15, 2011 “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” reads the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service.I guess no one ever thought it would be the Republican Party finishing off the Postal Service when those words were borrowed from the ancient Greek and chiseled in granite over the entrance to the James Farley Post Office in New York City on Labor Day in 1914.Our postal system is quite remarkable if you think about it for a minute.

Humor me

September 14, 2011 We are a nation of information. We watch television, listen to the radio, read the newspaper and yak away the hours on our cell phones. We dissimilate real news, no news and things we hope never becomes news.  Here is some news you can or cannot use.

The facts speak for themselves

September 14, 2011 No matter what the record shows, there will always be the nay-sayers who have no trouble ignoring facts as obvious as the noses on their faces.Monday was the 10th anniversary of the horror we call simply by the numerals that mark its point in time. Anyone who watched the minute-by-minute film record of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center buildings broadcast by cable networks such as Fox, MSNBC and CNN — and had any doubts about what happened and who made it happen — has a serious gap in their ability to process information clearly presented.

Taking rural refuge has perks

September 14, 2011 I’m torn about it, if you want to know the truth.See, the world has been påretty nutty of late. We’ve had an economic calamity that wants to keep on calamatizing.We’ve had hurricanes, earthquakes and more hurricanes.And some are predicting that overactive sunspots could wreak havoc on our electrical grid and computer systems.Sheesh, how far behind can a plague of locusts be?So I am happy to spend most of my time living in Pittsburgh’s countryside, rather than Washington, D.C., where I spent most of the past year and still visit plenty.

Majority rights

September 13, 2011 What part of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America do you not understand?“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”It says nothing about separation of church and state. Go back and read it a few more times and see if you have enough intelligence to understand what you read.

GOP and disaster

September 13, 2011 Dear editor:In ninth grade civics, all us old folks were taught how government operates. We went into things like the three branches and the limitations of each. This was not meant to be history but how our government worked then and now. Since most no longer take civics, they now can’t differentiate between the role of Congress vs. President. The short version — Congress makes all laws; the president enforces those laws.

Thinking about the changes in the last 10 years

September 13, 2011 If you were of age on Sept. 11, 2001 you know exactly where you were and what you were doing when America came under attack that day. Just like our parents and grandparents before us remembered Pearl Harbor, we will never forget that day.I remember I was working at Little Rock National Airport at the time, going about my daily routine when a co-worker said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York.

Sometimes goodbye is a happy thing

September 13, 2011 Sometimes, goodbye is a happy thing.At least that is the case for two longtime residents at the Humane Society of Independence County.

When Roosevelt saved football

September 12, 2011 For more than a century baseball has been called America’s national pastime, and Major League Baseball is flourishing today. However, in recent decades, football — college and professional — has surpassed baseball in popularity and prominence. For many men and some women, fall weekends and football are synonymous. Both the National Football League and major colleges attract huge audiences to stadiums and television sets to watch games, and football fantasy leagues abound.The NFL owners’ lockout and potential cancellation of the NFL season caused widespread consternation.

Day, groceries take hit

September 12, 2011 If I had forgotten the girl behind the checkout counter was the same one months ago whose line I vowed never to find myself in again, it didn’t take long for me to remember the moment she began taking it out on my groceries.I would have never recognized her face. But how could I forget the way she acted as if my sitting the hand basket on the conveyor belt without first taking out the groceries was an inconvenience, then proceeded to grab each thing and jerk it across the scanner?