WASHINGTON — With all of the news about Ebola’s rapid, dispiriting spread through West Africa, you may have missed an encouraging public health development: The continent appears tantalizingly close to fully eradicating polio, once one of the world’s most feared and destructive diseases.
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Writing about rape, as a man, is a fool’s errand, but it’s one I feel compelled to undertake. Men are imprisoned for rape at a 99-1 ratio to women, according the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics. So since men are all-but precluded from suffering the consequences of rape, some people believe they therefore have no ground on which to stand while debating rape-related issues.
The Saudis have lowered the price of oil to undermine ISIS’ ability to fund itself. ISIS controls oil facilities in both Syria and Iraq and is making an estimate $1 million a day. Considering what could happen if ISIS continues its path of conflagration; the Saudis are making a smart move.
Recently a dear friend of my family came to visit. He has been through some tough times over the past five years. He was laid off from a great job with good health and dental insurance. He has spent the past five years working odd jobs to make ends meet. In his most recent job interview, he was well qualified and would have been hired but was told he has to smile for this job and he can’t due to the shape his teeth are in. He has lost his health and his smile because he no longer can afford dental care.
Just a few more days till Thanksgiving; my where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday I was digging out my folder on the Herald Democrat Wish Lists and now it is almost time to start running them in the paper. A few nonprofits have already marked sending us their wish list off their holiday to-do lists. But many more still need to send along their list of wishes and needs so our readers can help them out.
Reflecting on World War I, California Sen. Hiram Johnson famously said: “The first casualty when war comes is truth.”
The next legislative session of the Texas Legislature is set to begin Jan. 13, 2015. The legislature meets in regular sessions every two years, beginning at noon on the second Tuesday of odd numbered years. A regular legislative session lasts for 140 consecutive days.
While listening to a radio interview with novelist Richard Ford, I was shocked to hear him say that his father made a living selling Faultless starch — in bulk, by the railroad carload. Instantly I recalled seeing boxes of Faultless starch used by my mother when doing laundry. Of course, this product is still on sale in stores, but it now comes in aerosol cans. When I looked it up on Wikipedia, I discovered that the company that makes it was founded in 1886 and remains privately owned, which is a rare thing. Its second flagship product, Bon Ami cleanser, has also been around for more than a century and is still a top seller.
WASHINGTON — Most of us who were alive 51 years ago remember exactly what we were doing the moment we heard that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. That day in Dallas significantly changed my perspective on the presidency and American institutions.
In 1981, Mauritania became the last country on earth to abolish slavery. It took until 2007 for it to finally become illegal in that country to own another person. Still, the practice remains endemic, despite the efforts of activists to finally stamp out slavery there.