Bigglyness and weeniness

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

I am surprised, in a kind of fearful way, when I see the faces and hear the tenor of the voices at a midterm “rally.”

These faces and voices belong to people whose chosen candidate won the prize, and they are this angry? They are hateful in visage and voice. What would they be like if they had lost? Continue reading Bigglyness and weeniness

Are you a tiny-house person?

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Upon visiting a house advertised as a “tiny house” in a neighborhood near me, it dawned on me that long ago my husband and I had become tiny house folks without knowing it. The term wasn’t around when we started out, so we thought of ourselves as merely living in smaller houses than most people we knew. We liked that there was less housework and maintenance, the places were cozier, heating and cooling them was less expensive and living the simpler life was a creative challenge. Continue reading Are you a tiny-house person?

The press and the prez

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

“There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed.”

This is a quote from Robert F. Kennedy in 1964, speaking to the fact that his brother Jack had been assassinated the year before by someone who was trying to stop history. Continue reading The press and the prez

Teens brave the status quo

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

“Here are the rules,” said the teenager at the podium. “No rudeness. No backstory of your own. No revealing of your party affiliation. Questions only.”

So started a town meeting conducted by students from Lakeland, Florida’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on the subject of gun laws. On Valentine’s Day, a shooter entered that school and killed 14 students and three teachers. Continue reading Teens brave the status quo

Letter to the editor – Bruce Banister

To the editor:

We didn’t elect “Crooked Hillary” but, instead the people chose “Traitor Trump”. It is obvious that he is in “Thug Putin’s” pocket. Devious Donald prefers to take Putin’s word over the facts from our own intelligence agencies.

Iowa Senators Grassley and Ernst issued weak, cowardly comments. They are terrified to stand up to the liar-in-chief. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Bruce Banister

Who’s got the answer?

~a brief column by Colleen O’Brien

Is there a way for the world to come to and pay attention? It seems most of us need to be led and there are just enough among us who get off on leading. Mutual agreement would be a pleasant solution, but that’s difficult to establish even in small groups like families, book clubs, perhaps even polo clubs. Continue reading Who’s got the answer?

Why I’m Running as a Libertarian

Thomas R. Laehn

~by Thomas Laehn

This November, I will be a candidate for Greene County attorney. And, against the advice of family and friends, I am running as a Libertarian. Many people for whom I have great respect encouraged me to run as a Republican or a Democrat instead. To run as a Libertarian, they argued, all but guaranteed an opponent, who would automatically gain the support of one-third of the electorate based solely on his or her party affiliation. However, despite their sound advice and legitimate concern for my electoral prospects, I sought and obtained the nomination of the Libertarian Party. Continue reading Why I’m Running as a Libertarian