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I’ll have a Sam Adams (and a George Washington)

Were our Founding Fathers a bunch of drunks?
I know that sounds disrespectful, but it seems remarkable that people who by 21st-century standards clearly drank too much ever managed to settle a nation, establish a country and outline the principles of representative government.  Some accounts of the consumption are more than a little impressive.

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Why I hate labels and why I keep using them

I hate labels.  Red state, blue state, conservative, liberal, moderate, tea partier, libertarian, and on and on.  They don’t mean all that much.  Not really, and when journalists are trying to sound sophisticated they go a step further mix them up a little.  Ron Paul is sometimes called a libertarian conservative and Hillary Clinton is currently trying on both the moderate and liberal labels hoping to find a good fit.

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Tale of Two Bibles has impact on writer

A few years ago, in this paper, on an anniversary of D-Day, I wrote an article about the invasion and about all those who prayed in anticipation of the assault.  Not just the soldiers, but all those who knew and cared for them.  As a writer, I enjoyed researching and writing this article.  It was a snapshot of what people were doing and thinking on an important day in our history.  

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Vermont’s Sanders shakes up Democratic presidential primary race

Hillary Clinton, the odds on favorite to be the Democratic nominee for President is in an enviable position.   If she doesn’t make any mistakes, doesn’t get caught up in any big scandals, and runs a decent campaign, the Democratic nod should be hers.  But funny things happen to candidates who apparently have it all sewed up.  Clinton is so well known, that as a non-incumbent it’s almost as if she is the incumbent.  Of the 15 or 17, I’m losing count, prospective Republican candidates, only one, Jeb Bush, comes close to having substantial name recognition.  But if you ask the average person on the street who Hillary Clinton is, they will probably be able to tell you.

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The Triple Crown Watch is on again

Football, baseball and basketball players, as well as boxers and Olympians, have their moments to shine.  And they attract fans, sometimes by the millions.

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Is that Eleanor Roosevelt on the line?

I am not an antique collector.  I don’t know one style of 18th century furniture from another.  What I like is, well, “old stuff,” or what some might less charitably refer to as “junk.”   What thrills me is finding an item, however basic, that represents some unique part of our American experience.  I have a 100-year-old railroad oil lamp, a number of old fountain pens, a piece of early avionics (straight off a cannibalized B-17) and easily the most enjoyable part of my little collection a vintage 1930’s telephone.  

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