Monthly Archives: August 2017

Politics Corrupting Money, not the Other Way Around

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington


“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” — James Madison, Virginia State Convention, 1829 —

It’s an interesting thesis former Wyoming Republican Senator Alan Simpson puts forth in his recent column, “Money’s reign in politics nation’s No. 1 problem” (WTE, Aug. 9) — but it’s a failed thesis that needs challenging.

“Money’s dominance over politics,” Simpson says, “is the number one problem our nation faces. It is a growing crisis that prevents us from tackling anything else … Either we are a country that makes decisions based on the common good, or one where the size of your wallet determines the worth of your ideas.” read more

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Stars Don’t Determine Fates

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington


“Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.” — Isaac Asimov, “The Deadly Misinformation,” 1982 —

After I ran my astronomy piece last week (“My Friends Up in the Sky,”), a good friend of a reader was joking with me and asked me if I’d cast him a horoscope.

I shuddered before I replied:

“While ASTRONOMY (i.e., the study of the nature of celestial bodies and the manner in which they interact) is a legitimate science,” I said, “ASTROLOGY (i.e., the belief in the supposed influence of the stars and planets on human affairs and characters) is certainly no such thing.” read more

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In Perilously Short Supply

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

We’re reminded routinely that silver is severely limited, and that the big banks are buying it in enormous quantities. “Buy now!” “The good news,” they insist, “Silver’s set to go to $200 an ounce.” Don’t hold your breath. One lady posted, “Men are like parking places; the good ones are all taken.” U.S. Coin Guide informs us that the 1914D Lincoln Wheat penny, is quite rare, and the 1922 “Plain” Wheat penny is rarer yet, and valuable. Whether it’s silver, good men, or rare pennies, when in shorty supply, the value rises. Supply and demand. Often those things that are rare, such as elements in the earth we’ve never heard of, the impact on the common person is negligible. However, there’s one commodity that’s in short supply that has nearly bankrupted our society, and the future prospects aren’t hopeful. In fact, according to an Unknown Author, he or she has written its obituary. One has likely read a poem, story, quote or column, in which one remarked, “Sure wish I’d said that.” Columnists understand. Consider the following words that are simple, yet profound. It’s worth repeating, remembering, and passing on to others. Sooner rather than later. read more

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Ignoring The Calamitous Outcome

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

The clash in Charlottesville this past week’s a reminder that unbridled hatred has consequences. This wasn’t a protest. It was a war zone. Some may recall the Kent State University “Massacre.” On May 4, 1970, students protesting the Vietnam War, clashed with Ohio National Guardsmen on the Kent State campus. The prior evening several incidents occurred, including rocks and bottles hurled at the local police, and lighting bonfires. Eventually, students, other activists, and common criminals, began to break windows, and loot stores. The Mayor of Kent declared a state of emergency. The governor sent nearly one-thousand Ohio National Guardsmen, on May 2nd, to “maintain order.” On May 4, a Monday, anti-war protestors scheduled a rally for noon on campus. University officials attempted to ban the gathering, but were unsuccessful. Firing tear gas, due to the wind, proved ineffective. Few predicted the deadly outcome. read more

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My Friends Up in the Sky

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington


“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” — Isaac Newton, “Memoirs of the Life, Writings and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton,” 1855 —

I’ve mentioned before that I was an astronomy freak when I was a kid — and, with a total solar eclipse heading our way on Aug. 21, I can’t help but want to share a few thoughts on those topics. read more

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