Columbus Day, now celebrated on the second Monday of every October, is the day set aside by Congress in 1937 to commemorate Columbus’ discovery of the Americas in 1492.
Lest you think Columbus Day is only a holiday for white racists in America, it is also celebrated as Dia de la Raza, “Day of the Race,” in many Latin American countries. It has been celebrated in Argentina since 1917, Venezuela and Colombia since 1921, Chile since 1922 and Mexico since 1922.
Critics of Columbus claim that he brought slavery, disease, and death to America, destroying a tranquil and peaceful world in which everybody got along wonderfully with everybody else. Continue reading
It drives anti-fossil fuel agendas and threatens wildlife, jobs, and human health and welfare
Sustainability (sustainable development) is one of the hottest trends on college campuses, in the news media, in corporate boardrooms and with regulators. There are three different versions.
Real Sustainability involves thoughtful, caring, responsible, economical stewardship and conservation of land, water, energy, metallic, forest, wildlife and other natural resources. Responsible businesses, families and communities practice this kind of sustainability every day: polluting less, recycling where it makes sense, and using less energy, water and raw materials to manufacture the products we need. Continue reading
Hurricanes, landslides and other disasters show Africans why we need fossil fuels
I express my deepest sympathies to the people in the Caribbean and United States who have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The loss of life was tragic but has thankfully been much lower than in many previous storms. Buildings are stronger, people get warned in time to get out, and they have vehicles to get to safer places until the storms pass.
I also send my sincere sympathies to my fellow Ugandans who have been affected by terrible landslides in eastern Uganda, near Kenya. Natural disasters often strike us hard. Sometimes it is long droughts that dry up our crops and kill many cattle. This year it is torrential rains and landslides.
This time we were lucky. Continue reading
Skamania County, Washington has a rich and varied history but there are two reoccurring themes that stand the test of time … logging and Sasquatch. In recognition and celebration, several Carson-area businesses have joined with the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce to create Logtoberfest! The brainchild of Kevin Waters with Backwoods Brewing, this event will become a fall tradition in combination with local favorite, Bigfoot Bash and Bounty.
Bigfoot Bash at Logtoberfest takes place Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Gorge-ous Weddings located at Wind Mountain Ranch in Home Valley, Washington from noon until 6pm with free admission for all ages. Engage and experience chain saw art, wooden crafts, vintage logging equipment demonstrations, Sasquatch vendors, autumn plants, pumpkins and more. Continue reading
America’s charter school movement celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. Since the first charter school opened in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1992, the number of charters nationwide has grown to about 7,000, serving three million students.
Charter schools are public schools that operate according to a charter granted by a sponsoring agency (like a school district, a university, or a department of education). In exchange for independence from many regulations applicable to traditional public schools and unionized school staff, charters agree to standards of accountability for student achievement. This allows charters to focus on innovative ways to meet students’ educational needs. Continue reading
I was in the stands at the stadium when the Arizona Diamondback’s contested—and ultimately defeated—the New York Yankees in the 2001 World Series.
Prior to the game, before an audience of many thousands of baseball fans, Mr, Ray Charles sang “America the Beautiful.” When he sang, my daughter and I cried, thrilled by the soul of the magnificent American patriot Ray Charles. Continue reading
February 3, 1959 is the “day the music died.” That’s the day Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper were killed when their plane crashed and burned in an Iowa cornfield, a day immortalized in Don McLean’s “Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie.”
September 24, 2017 will go down in history as the day the NFL died. It died because its pampered, babied, overgrown millionaires showed an utter lack of respect for their country and their flag and insulted every working American who buys tickets to watch them play a game. Continue reading
Today, State Senator Jackie Winters, R-Salem, announced that she has filed papers to run for re-election.
In September we celebrate some serious holidays, such as Labor Day (September 2nd), and U.S. Constitution Day on the 17th. But, we also take time out of our busy, hectic schedules to have some fun while we celebrate National Teddy Bear Day (the 9th), and Fortune Cookie Day (the 13th), along with month-long tributes to Classical Music, Square Dancing, and Little League Baseball. Continue reading
One of the most pernicious distortions of the plain meaning of the Constitution is the conceit that U.S. citizenship automatically belongs to anyone born in America.
A correct interpretation and application of the 14th Amendment makes this clear. This amendment, ratified in 1868, was enacted for one simple purpose: to grant citizenship to former slaves who had been born on American soil. Continue reading