Minding the canary in the mine shaft
Most of us have heard about the canary in a mine shaft. The bird was put in the shaft because of its need for fresh air. If the canary keeled over, it was time to get out of the shaft. Today we don’t have to be in a mine shaft to need a canary. Our environment is suffering worldwide and many of the “canaries” have already died. The North Pole is melting. Large parts of Antarctica have fallen into the ocean. Parts of Africa are in perpetual dro...
Nature vs. nurture: Gays have right to their lifestyle
A movie that is popular right now, “Milk,” the story of the assassination of Harvey Milk, a San Francisco city councilman, is really a story of the first openly gay politician in any California political scene. This movie hits the marquee on the heels of the defeat of gay marriage in California with the passage of Proposition 8 in the November, 2008 elections. Actually, I believe history will record the passage of Proposition 8, although banni...
‘Auld Lang Syne:’ Bush’s farewell eight years too late
The year has finally ended. Most of us are grateful we have survived the last year of President George Bush’s infamous political legacy. Many of us are anxious to start rebuilding our lives in the coming year and all of us are ready to drink that cup of kindness for “Auld Lang Syne.” It’s strange how the words and music of “Auld Lang Syne” can remind us of memories from the past. It’s really a folk song written by the Scottish poet Robert Burn...
In self-defense, Israel strikes back
How many times would you let someone shoot at you before you shot back? Once? Maybe twice? Hamas fired more than 100 rockets into Israel, killing civilians, before Israel said enough! We in America didn’t even allow the first shot to be fired against us when we invaded Iraq. Imagine if some terrorists were firing rockets at San Diego from just across the Mexican border. Would we allow even 10 to be fired, much less 100? Would we send our army ...
Resolve to take action in 2009
Well, happy new year to you as well. What’s your New Year’s resolution? Do you have one? Why not? This is the time of year when we all seem to look forward to the new year and decide, in our own individual ways, to make the new year better than last. We don’t all do this, of course, but enough people do that it seems to be a sort of national pastime to make New Year’s resolutions. A lot of people decide that this is the year to shed all those ...
Tribune marks a great 2008
I want to end 2008 with a big thank you to all our readers — both home subscribers and single-copy readers — and advertisers who supported us this year.
Bush: a man in search of a legacy
In the last few months of his presidency, George W. Bush is starting to worry about how he will be remembered. Hopefully, it will be as the worst president in our country’s history and here is why. Let’s start with “Bush the Incompetent.” The worst terrorist attack in the country’s history occurred when he was president due to his “don’t care” attitude. The Clinton administration warned him about al-Qaeda and the imminent threat they posed. In...
Rethinking Christmas: Save a new date
We need to rethink Christmas. Christmas is really a function of the calendar. All we need to do is devise a new calendar and we can then relocate Christmas to a period of time in our year when the weather is more cooperative with things we would like to accomplish. Authorities, whoever they may be, think- there’s a scary thought- that the current date for Christmas is the correct date, but what if they’re wrong? If that should be true, why are...
My own, personal Christmas story
My Christmas shopping is usually one stop. If I can’t find a gift at Meadowood Mall, I just give a gift certificate or cash. The mall was packed with teenagers checking out each other and Christmas shoppers checking out gifts for Santa to deliver on Christmas Eve. And, as I do every Christmas season, I sat in front of See’s Candy and argued with myself over how much of my favorite candy I should buy and how much would make it home uneaten. Dur...
Consume or die
By the end of this holiday week we will know just how frightened we are of the impending fiscal failure, as measured by the gross sales of trinkets and gifts, toys and baubles, bangles and electric shavers.