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Posted By Heywood on 2012 Jul 24 - 12:19pm

Gitmo and golf provide case studies in the processes of the republic.

Some things never cease to bewilder. Our government is one of them. It has suddenly decided that the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay need nicer accommodations. That’s right. The federal government is planning to spend millions on renovations, which will include better housing, cable TV and a...

Posted By Heywood on 2012 Jul 2 - 11:56am

The most disturbing sentences always seem to start with either “In Dallas today …” or “Studies have shown …”

Unfortunately, although it’s my favorite holiday, studies have in fact shown that the Fourth of July is the most dangerous of the year. But as potentially hazardous as the Fourth may seem today, it doesn’t compare to some of the reckless behavior deemed fairly normal when I was a kid...

Posted By Heywood on 2012 Jun 4 - 11:14am

Babysitting brings thoughts of how very similar the bookends of life are.

Well, my granddaughter turned 18 months a few weeks ago. Yep. Riley’s a real cutie. And now that she’s getting a little older, my daughter, Cally, is beginning to let me baby-sit every so often. She thinks we play well together. After all, we’re almost on the same reading level,...

Posted By Heywood on 2012 May 10 - 5:18pm

Survival gear should always include floaties.

illustration by Charles Marsh Let’s see, where should I begin? OK, first the good news. I am now a charter member of the River Crest Yacht Club. You’ve probably never heard of it. Perfectly understandable, because I just recently founded it one stormy day a few weeks ago. But it’...

Posted By Heywood on 2012 Mar 5 - 2:51pm

When is a lie not a lie? When it’s a spin.

I read the other day that every one of us, on average, tells four lies a day. That number is quite a bit higher if you’re a politician or under age 5. Of course no politician wants to be accused of lying, so over the years campaign managers came up with a term that was more acceptable to the...

Posted By Heywood on 2012 Jan 25 - 11:01am

I don't think many people would be too upset if we did away with the month of February. Seriously.

To put it simply, if you can visualize life as a yearlong road trip, then February is the gas station bathroom. It is the red-headed stepchild of the calendar. Mercifully, it is only allotted 28 days, but occasionally it swells to 29. And to make it even more annoying, whoever invented February...

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