‘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.
Stalking the perfect storm
It’s early March 2009. Snow is piling up outside and you feel both smug that you don’t have to venture out and sorry for poor louts who must. You also worry about friends and relatives.
‘Tis the season to enjoy the little things
‘Tis the season of “Peace on earth, good will towards men” but unfortunately, the sabers continue to rattle. Some would say to pull our troops all home and let the other idiots battle on but that will never happen. It’s interesting that many of the people who hate the United States have never even been to our country. But then again, people in our country who hate others have never been in those other areas themselves, either. For our troops t...
The legacy of political corruption: Illinois
The state of Illinois seems to be the seat of political corruption. Evidently, it starts at the top and, like Reaganomics, it trickles down to the streets of Chicago. The recent arrest of Illinois top state Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich on federal charges of corruption is just one of many federal investigations and indictments of Illinois politicians, judges and public employees. Orville Hodge, a one-time Illinois state auditor, was accused ...
Who will save Nevada if Gibbons won't?
Finally there is talk at the Legislature about raising revenue to cover the budget deficit. Our governor, with his tunnel vision, has threatened to veto any new taxes but there are enough votes to override his veto. So will someone in the legislature please step up to the plate and start making some proposals? There seems to be paranoia among politicians that anyone who proposes a tax increase is doomed to be voted out of office. With the curr...