Proud to be an American
As the two major political parties are about to finally adopt their slate of candidates for president and vice president, all the while pushing platforms that are steeped in change, I would hope one result in all this change would be that our citizenry would finally all call themselves Americans.
Presidential race maybe not so silly
Politics is a topic about which I rarely write. I don’t know much about politics and I certainly don’t care much about it. Since starting my column just over a year ago, I have tried to stick to writing about things that excite and inspire me. Usually such things involve alcohol, women, having fun and being generally ridiculous. On rare occasion something that happens in the city or the world inspires me, but not often. If I do write about a s...
Spanish Springs Peak: Wildlife, petroglyphs, vistas
Looking east from the housing tracts rapidly filling up Spanish Springs Valley, the highest mountain dominating the skyline is Spanish Springs Peak, 7,405 feet high. I live in the southeast corner of the valley about 3,000 feet below the peak. I have been on top of it on horseback, and one time my brother Gavin and I hunted deer up there. But I had never started at the bottom and climbed to the top on foot before, so I decided to take the chal...
Mr. Obama, meet Mr. Durocher
“Win any way as long as you can get away with it. Nice guys finish last.” Thus quoth Lippy Leo, manager of the Giants the last time they won a World Series in 1954. Durocher also posted a winning record with the Chicago Cubs. The current Cubs manager, Lippy Lou Piniella, is likewise not noted for diplomacy or shyness. Since he is a long-time resident of The Windy City, I assume that Sen. Barack Obama has gone to few Cubs games. If not, he shou...
Paris brings out the superlatives
PARIS — This is the greatest city in the world. It overflows with priceless art. It abounds in fine museums and famous and historic landmarks. But August is a terrible time to visit. Many Parisians shutter their businesses then, leaving the city to the hordes of worldwide tourists who rob Paris of much of its pleasure. Contemplation of the “Venus de Milo” and the “Mona Lisa” in the Louvre is impossible because of the swarms of people with thei...
No class workers
This holiday weekend moves certain stories off the back pages and features them as illustrative of Labor Day and the workers celebration. As usual the news was couched in the most positive images, with America leading the developed world in worker productivity. The average employee in the United States produces something over $60,000 in goods and services to their employer, almost 10 grand more than the nearest competitors in Europe. In return...
On TV the other night, I saw Harry Truman give his acceptance speech at the 1948 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. The issues that were facing the country at that time were eerily similar to what the country is now facing.
Bush leaves calamitous legacy
"We talk about a representative government. But what a monster of a government is that where the noblest faculties of the mind and the whole heart are not represented."