To hear tell, the mean ol' GOP is waging war on Michelle Obama and, brace yourself, America's children. Got it? The newest war on women and children relates to the first lady's well-intentioned but disastrous school nutrition program, otherwise known as the Dumpster Derby.
Elbert came in the back door shaking his head. "You ought to go see that cabbage; it's as big as a tire." Elbert Ellis is the maintenance person here at The Dispatch. He doesn't get excited easily. "Down at the Shell station," he said, pointing east.
Real estate mania lives on at the HGTV cable channel, where house shoppers still holler for granite on their kitchen islands and his-and-her sinks in their en suite bathrooms. But in the non-TV reality of middle-class America, the bloom is definitely off the real estate rose.
Benjamin Franklin was right, of course: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The concept of an apprenticeship has always made absolute sense to me. I can actually remember when such skills as blacksmithing or carpentry came from a history of family work.
You've got a Nunn running in Georgia, a Pryor in Arkansas and a Landrieu in Louisiana.
During its May 20 meeting, the Columbus City Council voted to table a proposal to pursue $5 million bond to improve the city's infrastructure, money used primarily for street paving, drainage and sidewalk improvements.
"These are the times that try men's souls," Thomas Paine wrote two days before Christmas 1776. America had declared itself free of England six months earlier, but the British army was mighty. Many rebels were feeling, well, less rebellious.
A recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the use of food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), has revealed an interesting paradox in Lowndes County.
I am running out of words.
Nature is remarkably active in the mornings. Taking some time for quiet meditation, I noticed nature has not done the same.
Random thoughts on the passing scene: Will the Veterans Administration scandal wake up those people who have been blithely saying that what we need is a "single payer" system for medical care?
Just when you thought American higher learning couldn't get any more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of literature.
Much has been written about, and many towns have claimed to be, the birthplace pf Memorial Day. The U.S. Veteran's Administration reports that more than 24 towns claim to be the birthplace of this weekend's celebration.
Some stories are so tender, so close to the bone, so rich in human emotion, the teller entrusted with them feels daunted by the responsibility that goes with the retelling. This is one such story. By any measure Lee Frederick was a brilliant child. Brilliance, in most cases, comes with obsessiveness. Lee had plenty of that too.
Mel Rosen is a liberal Jewish Democrat from Brighton Beach, New York, who in 1955 arrived at conservative, football-obsessed Auburn University in the segregated Deep South. He was hired to teach gymnastics and assigned seven daily classes. His dream was to coach track.
Former president George W. Bush once said, rather proudly, that he didn't read newspapers. President Obama, a confirmed newsie, has claimed to read the major papers, perhaps to learn what's going on in his own administration.
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