Grumbling about federal control of local lands is nothing new. Understanding how the federal government came into possession of land does matter. The US government owns about half of western lands. This is partly due to the fact that much of the territory in the western United States is either mountainous or dry and infertile … More Public Lands for Profit or Public?
America as a democracy struggles intensely. Elected members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives have created an allegiance to a extremist group still claiming the Republican label but essentially a political party divided within itself. The dominant remnant of this group proclaims an extreme right agenda and follows a leader with no … More Life isn’t what it used to be
Many small cities are growing in response to the movement from larger urban areas due to people seeking a less congested life style or perhaps remote workers seeking more affordable housing. Current residents often view this as problematic. Blaming and complaining about growth without accepting the responsibility of providing a solution is not acceptable. Saying you … More Growing Better
Another DC-8 stretch jet accelerating along the runway, the pilot decides all OK to climb, the wheels lift off the runway at Cam Ranh Bay as the sounds from inside echo to those still behind or just arriving. Not a one of us thought this a country we liberated but our year was complete. Heading … More A King of Some Fools
Switching the TV channels late at night sleepy eyed searching for any entertaining escape available has become a regular activity. On the history channel a program on the Vietnam War appeared. Never having been a war buff but it caught my attention. My time in Vietnam ended in 1970. The first Vietnam movie I watched … More Searching For Yesterday
Pandemic seems to be such a scary word. Globalization is a word which creates fear for some people as well. Perhaps the fear of the word pandemic is justified. The fear or perhaps rejection of globalization is based on prejudice to some extent. The concept that we make such and such a product and it’s … More New York Times Is Worth Every Penny
Years ago in college I needed three science credits to graduate. After pushing it off for a couple of years my judgement day was rapidly closing in. Biology, chemistry and the like were not an area where I had excelled in high school. Excelled, hell I barely got through. After studying the college course listings … More Geography 101 to Covid-19
My world, our world, has changed. Perhaps gradually but it seemed so suddenly or perhaps we just didn’t notice it passing. Many things we took as a given aren’t any more. Education or school was simpler. Walk there, maybe dad drops you off, one car families, many moms didn’t drive, as I recollect. After school … More Where Have All The Knights Gone?
Latin was taught in high school not so many years ago. In fact two years of such study was standard. What did we learn and who cares? The study of Latin was in fact helpful throughout my life from language studies to the history of World War II and how the Roman legions provided a … More Remind Me Again, How Did Rome Fall?
Three people, one appointed and two elected, are running the show in Washington. First we have Steve Bannon, the puppeteer, who works the Donald like Howdy Doody. He pulls the strings and the arms and the mouth move. Some may say that’s not true President Trump makes his own decisions, creates his own executive orders … More All For Whom!?