The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?
Congress is unable to do its job. It displays neither competence nor responsibility. It lurches â€” reeling from crisis to crisis, each one self-manufactured in an effort to postpone the reckoning from some earlier crisis. It shut the government down over a temporary budget. Now itâ€™s threatening the financial credibility of the U.S. government and the security and safety of the American people. Three years of last-minute spending decisions have culminated in a television standoff with no actual negotiations.
As newspaper executives struggle over whether the news should be digital first, tablet first, SMS first or print first, readers know exactly what they want their local newspaper to be â€” community first.
Reading a newspaper is not like reading a novel, a magazine, a history book, poetry, prose or any other type of literature.
Newspapers are not about what has happened in the past, what is happening some place else, or what happens in an authorâ€™s imagination.
Newspapers are about us.
I had an epiphany Sunday. I was at church, although Iâ€™m not sure that had anything to do with it.
Iâ€™ve been watching the jockeying the Republicans and Democrats have been doing over the Affordable Care Act. The Republicans seem nearly rabid on the subject of stopping it from taking effect.
It finally dawned on me why.
What a delight it has been to escort our friends and neighbors through the new Patrick Lynch Public Library, recalling as we do the many generous individuals and groups that have made this outstanding facility a new and permanent part of the Poteau landscape, available to not only this town, but the surrounding areas, offering so many expanded services. We will discuss these more in a future time together, but to learn more now, come in and explore the Lynch Library on your own or ask for a walk-through from an employee.
General Petraeus is telling us action is necessary in Syria, but was unwilling to use force against Islamist in Benghazi, Libya, while Americans were being murdered. Petraeus, while CIA director, also participated in the fabrication of talking points to mislead (lie) Americans about the Benghazi debacle. Can anyone explain to me why Petraeus can be trusted to give advice on any issue?
With yet another tragic shooting in our midst, I have to wonder why people seem to blame everyone except the shooter. Gun control will again be the main issue for a while. Video games, movies and music always come up. And blame needs to lie somewhere so people always question the upbringing. And lastly, mental health is under fire when we have these circumstances.
I was sitting on my porch having my third cup of coffee and wondering, â€śHave I lost it?â€ť Have you ever had those occasions when you wonder whether or not you have lost it?
Are you wondering just what is lost? Well, let me give you an example. Some weeks ago I was in Oklahoma City and needed to drive south to Waurika. It was a Saturday and I needed to be in Waurika by 9 a.m. so I left the hotel where I was staying around 6 a.m. I would much rather arrive at my destination early rather than late so I left before I had any breakfast figuring I would grab a bite on the way.
I had a long discussion with Konner this weekend. While I have many long discussions with him they usually are about Thomas trains, track dimension, Minecraft issues, zombies or something else that interests him, but I have no idea what they really are all about. I wish I could tell you this conversation was different, but it really just ended up with the same subjects.
Unable to fathom what I was seeing, reality slowly sinking in with fear and sorrow for company, I watched the plumes of smoke billow into the air like a black flag signaling the forthcoming death toll.
Beam by beam, brick by brick the walls of the Twin Towers came down, to slumber as a tomb encasing more than 2,700 people. It was truly one of the most horrific things to ever occur before my eyes as, like many in the world, I stood glued to the television on Sept. 11, 2001.
The advice of The New York Timesâ€™ thoughtful and sometimes controversial foreign affairs columnist Tom Freidman became a matter of discussion between Secretary of State John Kerry and a conservative Republican congressman during House committee hearings on President Obamaâ€™s proposed strike on Syria. Friedmanâ€™s advice was, instead of military strikes, the U.S. should arm the rebels and shame Syrian President Bashar Assad.