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Today's Opinions

  • Those were the days, my friend, repairing with black tape

    Recently, a friend mused and asked if the good old days were really that good.

    There’s no easy answer. Comparing what has been to what is depends on where one is coming from and which priorities were set. 

    Hope would be at the top of the list if we didn’t recognize it.

    Can anyone recall growing up with anything but positive prospects for the future?

    Your writer’s birth country was embroiled in war and her adopted country stepped in to help win it.

  • They survived ‘Pearl’ but time takes its toll

    It was once easier to remember Pearl Harbor Day because Dec. 7 was far enough from Christmas that the holiday hubbub had not begun. Like other traditions, it is customary to interview survivors of the “day of infamy” for the issue on or near that anniversary. But the commercial side of Christmas gets an earlier start each season and those survivors are much harder to find. It was 67 years ago and even a 17-year-old serviceman would be 84 by now – and they had to first live through World War II.

  • How many generations

    will pay for this meltdown?

    The default of the quasi stocks and bonds cooked up by investment banks and Wall Street for their real estate interests was the trigger for our current economic collapse. But at the end of 2007 several other record-setting factors were also pulling at its seams.

    Home mortgage debt was $11.1 trillion. Consumer debt for credit cards, autos, student and personal loans was $2.6 trillion. One in every 35 households declared bankruptcy.

  • Will the bailout road ever end?

    Congress has been running around in circles since it handed $700 billion in bailout money to one man, Henry Paulson. The proposal was originally supposed to prop up the crumbling mortgage market that was in a crisis mode, but when he didn’t move funds timely to the banks, they started to buy up other banks and increase dividends to their investors, give employee raises and executives bonuses, instead of loaning the money out to citizens they were supposed to help. There were no strings attached to the funds so it was legal what the banks were doing.

  • Pre-mourning during a long demise

    Our fascination with newspapers began when there were 2,500 dailies and six times that many weeklies in the U.S. Our attachment was instant and has obviously persisted.

    National fascination with newspapers predates even Benjamin Franklin and his Pennsylvania Gazette, which began publication in 1730. The Pony Express carried papers across the continent to illiterate pioneers, who would gather ‘round to hear someone read the news.

  • Stang

    “It’s not hard to meet expenses...

    they’re everywhere!”

  • Auto bailouts to gardening by chance

    Regarding the great motorcar company bailouts; to start with, Chrysler has made it clear that it no longer intends to manufacture its own and intends to import Chinese cars; nothing for them. The general public is so-so about GM’s Detroit “bombs” over the years and wondered if they would ever get their act together. If one has read Delorean’s book about GM, it leaves no doubt about their inability to understand the marketplace and respond to it.

  • Sorry, George – mea culpa not accepted

    A pundit remarked recently that the president looked quite contrite, agreeable and almost worthy of sympathy. Yes we would all like to think he has experienced redemption and, in his new iteration, come to the awareness that he had made mistakes and is truly apologetic and that from now on, we will find a new, gentler Bush.

    Don’t count on it. Bush is a good ole’ get even boy from the Lee Atwater mode: Anything goes to achieve desired ends. The entire family is that way, including sweet mother.