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The Children are in Charge ... One of the indicators of maturity is the ability to put off immediate gratification for long-term gain. Thus, while a baby or young child will simply eat until full, or later, spend everything in his pocket on candy, as he grows older he learns to set aside food (save that apple), or set aside half the change in his pocket so that he might someday buy a new baseball glove or video game. Eventually, this leads to such concepts as saving for college, saving for a car, putting money aside for a house, even saving for retirement. (See Page 6, July 17, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
The Political Storm ... It looks to me that domestic politics are changing before our very eyes. Therefore, our strategies may need to change as we try to maintain our tradition of liberty. (See Page 6, July 17, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Love, Justice, and Law ... It seems he believed the natural world was like the human societies we all experience. "Love” attracts us together, and "hatred” divides us. In our human societies, there cannot be too much "love”, or we will force all to be one, regardless of individuality. On the other hand, if there is too much "hate”, there would be no living together in community. Justice within society - giving to each person what that person is due - depends in part on the right amount of attraction and separation between the individual members. (See Page 6, July 10, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Ethics, Loyalty, and Nuremburg ... Imagine you hire a tutor to teach mathematics, hoping to improve your child’s grasp of math. The first criterion for such a tutor is a sound knowledge of mathematics. Wouldn’t you be a bit worried if a highly regarded tutor arrived at your house and, lo and behold, didn’t know the fundamentals? (See Page 6, July 10, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Celebrating the Fourth, Who Will Keep America Going? ... We live in an interconnected world. Energy, cars, televisions, clothes and much more are traded among the countries. There are positives with global trade. If we can’t get a good price at home then we can shop elsewhere. Shopping is as easy today as clicking on a computer webpage. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
To Be An American ... In the midst of this months celebration of someone else’s month (everyone must have a month) the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, opined that: "Diversity is at the heart of America’s Strength.” I take issue with the Secretary of Defense and his understanding of this nation and its strengths. The motto of the US is not ‘diversity makes us strong,’ the motto is ‘E Pluribus Unum’ - ‘One out of many.’ It is our similarities not our differences that are glue; is it a common acceptance of a new nation, one dedicated to principles best developed in four separate documents: the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
The Fireworks In Our Minds ... When I look up at red, white, and blue in the July 4th sky I think of all the 88 soldiers that had to die At The Siege Of Yorktown so we could live free. Although those soldiers didn’t get to live and be or see all the things they wanted to see, and all those fireworks tend to remind Us of the fireworks in our minds. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
The Unraveling ... In the last week ISIS moved further into Iraq, took control of several more cities, moved south of greater metropolitan Baghdad, increased their hold on elements of the oil infrastructure, threatened one of several huge military bases, and engaged in raids across the border into Jordan. They also continued to terrorize those cities they hold, and consolidated their hold on key pieces of Iraqi infrastructure (water, electric power, oil) and key lines of communications. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
The Cardinal, Jenga, and President Obama ... Best – and falsely – known to the modern world as the evil, conniving cleric in the ‘Three Musketeers’ novel and movies, Armand du Plessis Cardinal de Richelieu is a man who should be on our minds as we study what to do in Iraq and the Mid East. By 1640 Cardinal Richelieu was old and could see his life winding down. However, in his last few years as King Louis’ First Minister he set the table for what became the Treaty of Westpahlia. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Iraq Again, Hell Never Ends ... Iraq - now we know where hell is. Hell is supposed to be a place of torment reserved for some people after death. Unfortunately, too many have ended up there before they died. Is there no end to the turmoil in Iraq and Afghanistan? We will never see peace and quiet in either of these two countries. Hell never ends. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
"A Sad and Corrupt Way to Govern” ... Dear Crier/Post Editor, On this past Tuesday evening, my wife and I spent 3 hours watching the live Board of Supervisors (BoS) hearing on the R-33 and York Point rezoning. The shallow approach to this serious issue by the majority on the BoS was a severe disappointment...but not a surprise. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
A Brit, a Frenchman and a Line in the Sand ... Take a look at a map of the Mid-East; you’ll notice that many borders are straight lines. Given that nations have been rising and falling there for 6,000 years, that should strike you as odd. It is. Many of those lines are the result of the efforts of two men: Colonel Mark Sykes, British Army, and Francis Picot, French diplomat. Sykes, from the British War Office, and Picot, from the French Foreign Ministry, met in 1916 and drafted a proposal that described how the Ottoman Empire would be partitioned once the World War ended. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
What Good is it All? ... What good are all these computers if we treat our fellow humans the way we do and drop fear and hate and hurtful words and our souls are just not true why do we even rise and even fall what good is it all. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Bowe, Bergdhal, and Blaise Pascal ... Blaise Pascal, the 17th century mathematician, famously warned that we must never confuse the probability of an event with its consequences. If there is a low probability of something happening, but the consequences are exceptionally dire, we must respect those consequences, not ignore them because of low probability. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Big Ships, Bad Money, Poor Health ... Perhaps you heard about the latest economic figures. Before we discuss them, a brief word about process: when the government releases a figure, the numbers released are always referred to as ‘preliminary;’ the initial numbers are based on collection of data from the period covered and in virtually all cases the data collection is not complete. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Stop the Mass School Killings, We Must Change How We Are Raising Our Children ... I sold Grit newspapers when I nine years old. It was always a great day when I had sold my last Grit for the week. The profit was five cents per paper. Some weeks I made as much as two dollars! I lived in a very rural area so bicycling up and down the road and knocking on doors took time and was a workout. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
The Ship of State ... A nation is like a ship; small nations, like small vessels, often hug the coastline, seeking safety in an island’s lee. Larger nations, like ships, are able to chart a course in open sea under all but the worst conditions. But great nations, like great ships, chart their own course, pressing ahead despite weather and sea, headed toward the destination of their own choosing. Around them, smaller nations, like a fleet of small fishing boats, will find their nets caught up by the great ship, and they will be dragged in the direction the great ship – and great state - is headed. That is the history of great states. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)


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