Elvis Presley, I’ve heard, used to take a gun sometimes and shoot out his TV screen when something on it irritated him. My “gun” is the mute button on my TV remote. I can zap any commercial into sweet, silent oblivion. TV commercials are my biggest pet peeves. They are a relentless barrage of noise and nonsense. Some of them
Many Americans are finding themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to becoming thriving members of a middle class. Study after study shows the American middle class has been shrinking, forcing more and more people into a reliance either on sub-standard wages or dead-end jobs. There are many reasons for middle-class shrinkage: a more or less
by Ann L. Carrott District Court Judge You may be called to serve on one of two types of juries: a petit (trial jury) or a grand jury. Most people understand the purpose of a trial jury but few have ever served on a grand jury. The purpose of a grand jury is very different. The prosecutor can request a
A recent offer by Russia may be a ray of sunshine, but then again it may be nothing but a cynical ruse. On Monday, Russia announced it would be willing to help Syria gather up and dismantle its stockpiles of nerve gas, the same kind of gas the Assad regime used to slaughter more than 1,400 people, including 400 children.
At first, out of the corner of my vision, I thought the woman sitting to my right was praying, her head bowed solemnly as she sat at the big round breakfast table. It was during a large gathering at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn – a recent kick-off breakfast for the ongoing fight against breast cancer. The master of ceremonies
Joyce Sauer Brenny, President Brenny Transportation Inc., St. Joseph Truck Driver Appreciation Week is Sept. 15-21, which is the perfect time to recognize a friend, a hero and a true legend of the trucking industry. Our community should be so proud that Eddie Supan, a lifelong resident of St. Joseph, lived within our midst. To say the least, Eddie was a trucking
It’s sometimes said the biggest crime of the 20th Century was silence. Silence when millions of Jews were put to death, silence when the Turks perpetrated genocide against Armenians, silence when the Pol Pot regime tortured and butchered Cambodians, silence when rival ethnic groups in Uganda went on murderous rampages. Silence – the turning away from such atrocities – amounts
The only solution to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. So said Wayne LaPierre, smug vice president of the National Rifle Association, in the wake of last year’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. In that monstrous crime, a madman armed with an assault rifle slaughtered 20 students and six staff members. Last week,