The Board of Directors at Goshen College, a private, pacifistic liberal arts college in Indiana, asked President James E. Brenneman to find an alternative to playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at sporting events.
If we are stressed about money while we are healthy and able to work, think what it will be like to try to support ourselves when we are older, not so healthy and not able to work as much as we have in the past. We need to change our financial habits and get a handle on our debts.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will officially announce his candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination today in New Hampshire. According to The Associated Press, which obtained excerpts of the speech, his announcement speech will include a fiery indictment of President Barack Obama’s economic policy: “Barack Obama has failed America.” “A few years ago, Americans […]
Dancing in the Jefferson Memorial last weekend got a group of people arrested, so now they’re planning an even bigger dancing event for Saturday as a point of civil disobedience. The group claimed to be protesting a recent court ruling that says expressive dancing is considered the same as picketing, marching and public speaking, all of which are banned in certain areas of national memorials.
When’s the last time you heard (or better yet, sung) the lyrics to George M. Cohan’s marvelous tribute to the country he loved? The song “You’re a Grand Old Flag” has a fascinating history.
I am old enough to have a vague memory of clothes so white they were called bright. This happened despite the absence of additives — the ridiculous varieties of sprays, bottles and packets that fill our cabinets today and that we throw into the wash to try to boost the cleaning power of our pathetic machines and increasingly useless laundry soap.
A spider web is a work of art. If you doubt this, gaze upon the freshly made web of a garden spider covered with early morning dew. Each strand is placed purposefully, and its design is almost perfectly symmetrical. Not so the webs of intrigue that infest government at all levels.
In the spring of 1775, silversmith and patriot Paul Revere rode into the cold night to warn that the British were coming. A century and a half later, America helped defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan — two nations bent on world domination and extinguishing individual liberty. The world has changed, and the war at home rages. Geographic borders no longer demarcate the saintly from the sinister.
Today, all across the United States of America, we take time to honor our fallen soldiers. We honor them because they chose to defend us, and they died in that defense. We honor them because they chose to serve, even if it was unpopular or dangerous. We honor them because their blood purchased our freedom.
Some of the more emotional reunions I have ever witnessed occurred at airports. Few can match the joy of wives (and, sometimes, husbands) and children as they welcome a service member returning safely from overseas. This past Saturday, such a reunion took place at Baltimore Washington International Airport. But in this case, the highly decorated veteran wasn’t returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. Instead, he had just been released from military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.