Part of me misses Halloween, at least those I remember as a kid.
By Mike Lester, Washington Post Writers Group
Acts of terror are primarily intended to 1) degrade trust by a people in the ability of their government to defend and protect them and 2) deliver blows to the economy and bleed critical resources into protecting against attacks.
It’s an occupational hazard for politicians: succumbing to the temptation to do something, anything, to get on the popular side of a public controversy, even if that means enacting an unconstitutional law. The latest example — one that we hope other states don’t rush to replicate — is a Pennsylvania law allowing victims of any “personal injury crime” to sue convicted criminals for conduct that “perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime.”
Bosnia-Herzegovina this month held national elections, which were still smothered by the heavy political superstructure placed on it by the 1995 Dayton accord ending its war.
Reality has settled in: Thomas Eric Duncan’s fiancee doesn’t have Ebola. Neither do most of the first wave of people to come into contact with the virus’ first victim in the United States.
Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press
From the days of Reconstruction until about the year 2000 the South was still a Democratic stronghold — or, at least, to run as a Democrat was not seen as yearning for defeat at the polls. Most Southern states had Democratic majorities in their legislative bodies.
Deng Xiaoping is back … but only on television.
By Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press
One out of 28 children in the U.S. has a parent in prison or jail, a rate so astonishing, and growing, that “Sesame Street” felt the need to add a fuzzy little blue-haired character, Alex, to talk about his locked-up dad.
With midterm elections so close, it was inevitable that Ebola would become another depressing political point of division. A scary disease, a scare-mongering media and an easily scared American people make the politics of fear its own epidemic.
Stop blaming nurses for the potential spread of Ebola.
If you’ve ever grumbled about paying for all those cable or satellite channels when you only watch a handful, this month brought good and potentially big news. Television networks HBO and CBS separately announced that they plan to offer an online version of their products that would be available to consumers even if they didn’t subscribe to cable or satellite.
The award of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura is well-deserved but for reasons going far beyond those the Nobel Committee cited.
I am a very spiritual person and God has been speaking to me in my spirit as I have been praying lately. He is warning the people of The End.
Last week I heard about a house of worship where one group of worshippers yelled mean and hateful remarks at another group of members. Then I read an article in the newspaper about a group of football fans that screamed at the losing coach, “fire him, fire him.”
I was stunned to see the Oct. 5 issue of Roman Life, a traditional favorite section of the Sunday edition. The sight of so-called celebrity zombies/noted locals was revolting and not worthy of the cause to benefit the cancer fund.
Regarding the column “Frenzied NFL assaults show weird bias of sportswriting elite” in the Oct. 12 Our World section:
On Oct. 10, prior to the Armuchee vs. Model Shrine game, former athletes and students honored me by dedicating the Armuchee track around the football field to me. A very nice marker has been placed at the entrance to the track field.
We are all God’s children, the good, the bad and the ugly. But it seems the ugly, in the freedom of press, the ugly has been showing up lately.