Another World War II vet gone
His prized possessions were a Stetson hat, a portrait print signed by Kentucky’s Col. Harlan Sanders and a putter shaped like a hot dog and autographed by Bear Bryant, though three of his children had graduated from Auburn and he never played golf.
How we got to shutdown
This is not the most acrimonious period in American political history. In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr killed his longtime rival, Alexander Hamilton, in a duel. Fifty-two years later, Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina assaulted Sen. Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with a heavy cane.
Republicans poor communicators
If the continued existence of mathematics depended on the ability of the Republicans to defend the proposition that two plus two equals four, that would probably mean the end of mathematics and of all the things that require mathematics.
Memories of Sonny Montgomery
As the government shutdown and the subsequent rancor and gridlock reached new depths, I couldn’t help but think about the late U.S. Rep. Gillespie V. “Sonny” Montgomery.
UAW using Canton as pawn
As noted in prior columns on this topic, the United Auto Workers is digging in for a global battle for the survival of the declining union and the epicenter of the fight is Canton, Mississippi’s Nissan plant.
Obama gives democracy a chance
Regarding the Obama administration and Syria, preliminary thoughts about a rapidly evolving situation:
Fall feels different this year
Fall feels different this year. For one thing, so far I’ve spent too much of it inside.
Year of real, made up crises
September is just about over, and even though we have most of fall and a small part of winter to go, for some, the end of the year is nigh. For baseball and its fans, for instance, the year ends in October. And for my Jewish friends, the old year ended a few weeks ago and the new year is already here.
Feds continue fight over voter ID
On the battle over the government shutdown, the Obama administration narrative continues to be that Republicans shut down the government because they didn’t get their way on Obamacare. There may be some truth to that, but if so, Republicans don’t have the market cornered on playing hardball for do-overs on public policy.
In shutdown battle, Republicans right
Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans.
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