Posts Tagged ‘states’

The Twenty-Nine Bombs

Though laudable in concept, J.M. Richardson’s debut novel sags in execution.
STEVE STEWARD
Assailing the evils wrought by corporate greed and government cowardice is a noble — if not original — intent. But just as the protester who looks like she’s been at a rave all weekend makes it hard for conservatives to t...


Leaving Afghanistan

GWYNNE DYER
It’s beyond satire. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, telling The New York Times what he had learned during his long tenure, explained that “I will always be an advocate in terms of wars of necessity. I am just much more...



The Emperor’s New Budget

Maybe Perry’s school didn’t have money to teach math.
DAVE McNEELY
It’s time for the state to tighten its belt, wrote Talmadge Heflin, former chair of the Appropriations Committee of the Texas House of Representatives, back in February.


Car-Buying Caveat

John Q. Reader
To the editor: Regarding the Metropolis article (“Treading on Trouble,” Jan. 26, 2011), I have a similar story: I bought a new 2005 Altima from a large local Nissan dealer. I didn’t want the after-market wheels/tires on i...



Why So Serious?

There is a happy land … .
Gwynne Dyer
Surely there can be few things less useful than a World Map of Happiness. If you live in one of the unhappy places, there is little chance that you’ll be able to move to somewhere happier — even if you could be sure you’d...


Afghanistan: Back to the front for the Weekly

DON JONES
expectation ek-spek-tay’-shun noun. A strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future : Reality had not lived up to expectation.



Save the Economy: Grow Dope

Static
The way Static sees it, the only madness about reefer is the extremes to which the federal government has traditionally gone to police its use among the approximately 100 million Americans who occasionally relax by puffing the ...


The Binge Conundrum

DAN MCGRAW
When I started college, I was 17 – had to wait three months before I could drink in bars near our campus in Chicago. Not to say we didn’t drink before we were legal, but we did change our habits once we hit the magi...