Thursday January 29, 2015
October 9th, 2014
As we fight the Islamic State and other extremists, there's something that President Barack Obama and all of us can learn from them. For, in one sense, the terrorists are fighting smarter than we are.
Lolita Lledo spends all day talking on her cell phone, texting, and checking her Facebook page, though not for the reasons you might think.
As the associate director of the Pilipino Workers Center in Los Angeles, she relies on social networking to keep in touch with home care workers.
When we moved to our Arkansas cattle farm, a friend lent us a book titled "A Straw in the Sun." Published in 1945, Charlie May Simon's beautifully written memoir of homesteading here in Perry County, Arkansas during the 1930s was long out of print -- maybe because the hardscrabble life it depicts is too recent for nostalgia.
In a more innocent time not so long ago, perhaps only a million or so people in this country fell under the government’s suspecting glare. Achieving that distinctively fat FBI file might have required marching against a war or traveling to leftist lands.
There was this at the Senate debate in Iowa on Sunday:
"I will fight hard to protect Social Security and Medicare for seniors like my mom and dad because our Greatest Generation has worked so hard for the American dream for our families," said Republican Joni Ernst.
The 2004 best-seller "What's the Matter With Kansas?" claimed that voters there had it all backward: They were acting against their own interests by continuing to support Republicans whose economic policies favored the rich. Kansans might keep their guns and protect their marriages from gays, but they didn't have jobs.
Who'll be the next attorney general? Washington's favorite parlor game is filling Cabinet vacancies; I like playing as much as the next pundit. (Keep reading!) Still, the more telling question is: Why are we playing this game at all?
When it comes to solving big problems, I believe in reaching for the low-hanging fruit first. What’s the easy stuff we can get out of the way before working on harder challenges?
Right now, many of us can go for the low hanging-fruit in a very literal way: by visiting an apple orchard.
How smart are the American people? Smart enough to be quite skeptical of President Barack Obama's vow to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria without putting American "boots on the ground."
Today would be my mother's 88th birthday, which is not so old, but my mother seemed very old eight years ago, when she died. She did not have a happy life. Her mother died when she was still a teenager, she went to work while her brother went to college, and she was painfully divorced after 23 years of marriage.