After his tenure as president, Mandela acted as a global elder statesman, an adviser, mediator and honest broker in times of crisis. In his later years, he suffered from dementia. As long as he drew breath, however, he was a living symbol of hope and triumph. He will be desperately missed.
How to sum up our diplomancy? Three crises, one president, many bewildered friends.
One of the lingering misconceptions is that state tax dollars fund higher education in Georgia. Not so. Less than 40 percent of the University of Georgia’s operating budget is provided by state appropriations. Tuition and fees provide another 14 percent of the budget. The rest must come from alumni and foundations.
Please. Don’t just think to yourselves, “I’ll do that.” Actually do it. If not today, tomorrow. Don’t put it off. There are dozens of places you can take your toys locally.
In Afghanistan, it is hard to attempt a count because there is an actual war going on, with no agreement on who qualifies as a civilian. The Los Angeles Times wrote recently about a Sept. 7 drone strike in Kunar Province. U.S. officials told the paper that 11 people died, most of them Taliban fighters; grieving local residents, however, insisted that 14 civilians had been killed. When does a village cease being a village and become a “Taliban stronghold”? When we say so, apparently.
It’s shameful that US leaders aren’t doing more to pressure North Korea to release 85-year-old war veteran.
Potential is a tricky word. When it is used, it typically identifies something as a fact or a sure thing.
There are some people who doubt that family dinners are all they are made out to be. After reviewing seven years of reports from Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Carl Bialik, The Wall Street Journal’s “Numbers Guy,” noted that there is a correlation, but no firm causal link, establishing that teens who eat dinner more often with their families were at a lower risk of using illegal drugs.
We in America have gotten used to vast gaps between blacks and whites on test scores. But this was not always the case, in places where there was anything like comparable education.
If things satisfied, wouldn’t Americans be the most satisfied people on Earth? We have more stuff than any generation before ours. The overflow we deposit in rented public storage units. The stock market is up substantially, but we want it to go higher with no bursting bubble this time. Then what?
I like the Christmas pre-season. It is like having a tailgate party before the game. There are parties aplenty, and socializing is as important as the long-awaited time when everybody gathers around the fire to open the presents.
After making the family connection, David Sumner, now a journalism professor at Ball State University, became enthralled with his ancestor’s history. Two years ago he published a short book entitled “Railroad Man” — which the city of Norcross now distributes at its welcome center.
At rallies, Obama routinely says he has important things to do and he’s not going to wait for Congress. Well, amending a statute after it’s been duly enacted is something a president may not do without Congress. It’s a gross violation of his Article II duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.
When I tell children that they are far too dependent on their gizmos, they do not deny it, but they really don’t care. This is their real life: texting about trivial things, listening to numbing music on their private headphones. The machines block everything out; you create your own little trivial world.
Profits may take a short holiday, but the reward of living in a culture that values human connection and appreciates, in Washington’s words from the proclamation, “the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed” — is beyond measure.
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