It’s 9 p.m. and getting dark. The road we’ve been following through the desert is getting narrower and rougher, and our shiny, red convertible is getting all dusty. We haven’t seen a sign, house or another road in hours.
Should study of a foreign language be required in high school or college?
I used to think so; now I’m not so sure.
After all, how many foreign-language students go on to advanced study of a language to become fluent enough to use that language in their lives?
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been around in one form or another since 1920. It was founded on the intent and belief that citizens should have an advocate for freedom of speech and constitutional rights of freedom of expression.
DuWayne Paul, Echo Press columnist
, January 16, 2013
How do you resist that face? As you squat outside the pen, scratching the furry back cemented against the chain-linked gate, you know you’ve got to go. But as you stand, he stands with you, mushes his nose against the gate as his backside sways with the momentum of his tail. The dog rumbles a whine at you and stares with watery brown eyes, begging for just one more rub.
When Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, met President Abraham Lincoln in the White House, the great man supposedly said to her, “So you are the little lady who helped start this big war.”
It’s about time the United States pulls out of Afghanistan lock, stock and barrel. Carrying on a “holding-action” war there, after all these years (nearly 12 to be exact), is becoming as absurd as our long involvement in Vietnam. At this point, the Afghan war is America’s longest war.
Just the other day, on the morning of September 11, I was writing a news story on my computer in my office. The television was on in the living room, and as I often do, I was half-listening to the news as I wrote. Suddenly, I heard a news alert. A female newscaster was talking to a woman who had called in on her cell phone. The woman, with a mixture of alarm and disbelief in her voice, was saying she had just seen a plane crash into a New York City skyscraper.
We honor moms on Mother’s Day for their hard work, sacrifices, and ability to shape the next generation. They deserve our praise for all these things and more.
However, we often seem to expect less of dads.
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