With the new legislative session upon us, our state leaders are listing their priorities.
California parents are refusing to vaccinate their kindergartners at twice the rate of seven years ago.
Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: "RICH BASTARDS."
Sam likes to see how high the water is down at the spillway, if it has any "color," and who's fishing -- so we took a drive.
Republicans who want to stay in office in Mississippi this election year have no worries -- if they are conservative enough.
Whew, that was quick. Another year gone. Resolved for '15: to be kinder and more patient. As we age, we trend toward kindness. So says the writer George Saunders. Here's an excerpt from a convocation speech he gave to the class of 2013 at Syracuse University where he teaches:
Blockbuster books like "Wild" and "Gone Girl" get so much attention that we forget other authors are out there busting their blocks trying to sell a few stories written without murders and mayhem. I received a couple of quietly wonderful books as gifts, and I have to share the news in case The Times neglects to review them. They deserve attention, too.
A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punch lines. Life isn't a comedy. It's a joke.
It's one of the best-known lines of any English-language poet -- Robert Burns' reflection on the upper-class church lady who doesn't realize there's a louse crawling around on her bonnet. "O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us, To see oursels as ithers see us!"
The Starkville Board of Aldermen has slowed down the Cadence train, but it remains on the tracks despite all the evidence that it should be derailed.
I wanted to do something for my country during the holidays, so I went to the movies.
Clearly, the college football season is far too long.
The New Year has not yet arrived, although we can see it poking its head up just beyond the horizon.
One outcome of and proof for ideological polarization is the way it has made stalwarts appear like centrists.
Tomorrow will be the last day of 2014. How you view the year depends largely on what happened on a personal level.
It's not unfair to say good government supports law and order, is it?
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