“We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident: That all Men are Created Equal”

I'm not so old that I can't remember my elementary school education. In school, kids are taught "English" - which includes spelling and vocabulary. They learn that there is a correct way to spell and use words, what their meanings are, and how to use them so that people can communicate easily, without too much…

The Failing Fourth Estate

You may not be old enough to remember when there was a limited amount of news reporting on TV. The hour-long "nightly news" was our source for world and national news. Of course, if you wanted more in-depth reporting, there was the New York Times and the Washington Post. Back then, we had broadcasters who…

I Can’t Believe They REALLY Said That!

Sometimes we say things we don't mean, and sometimes we say things we didn't mean to say. There's been a lot of that from our politicians. The speakers are often forgiven as simply ‘mis-speaking’ but I believe that many of these are reflections of what they really believe, deep down inside.  There’ve been so many…

My Old Kentucky Home

We recently watched the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby.  The race itself was as exciting as ever, even though the favorite didn’t win.  The Derby has been run every year since 1872, through two World Wars, the Great Depression, and extreme racial and civil unrest, but has been postponed only twice – once in…