Archive for ‘Opinion’

  • Small World: Lidice and Its Like

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Lidice was a town in German-occupied Czechoslovakia that not too many people will remember now. It was there early in World War II that partisans assassinated the local Nazi commander, Reinhard Heydrich. In revenge, the Nazis executed the community’s males: 173 men over the age of 15. In addition, 184 […]

  • Darkside of the Sun: O, the humanities!

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist What do Americans think about? Money, mostly, and how to get more. If you want to make money, then study money. Become a slave to money. Choose a field in one of money’s approved courses. Money wants you to become a consumer of products made more cheaply someplace else, and […]

  • Darkside of the Sun: On second thought, Reny’s may be open

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist It’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas, you know. But, you say, what do you get for the man who has everything? Whatever you get for me, thank you! You shouldn’t have. Really, I don’t need it. Because isn’t it obvious that the perfect gift for the man […]

  • Small World: Changes coming for America

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist More than 52,000 Hispanic children and another 39,000 women with children have crossed the U.S. border in the southeast. Coming mainly from Central America, they say they are driven out by dire poverty and criminal and police brutality. The estimate is that the number will reach 90,000 by the end […]

  • Uppermost House: The day that nothing happened

    By S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist “Hey!!! Let’s get together!!! I miss you!!!” I typed the words into an e-mail and then clicked the send button, and later in the day came into my inbox the message, “Tuesday could work for me” and that was that; my pal Charlie and I had a date. We’ve […]

  • Small World: Sitting around the peace table

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist The Middle East is a mess. We can all agree on that. But who’s to blame? Some will say fanatical religious leaders; others will castigate selfish special interests. Still others will point at the politicians, generals and security experts who wield such authority. For a change, let’s try to pin […]

  • Henry Precht

    Small World: Iraq — Relearning forgotten lessons

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist The blame game on Iraq threatens to eclipse the popularity of the World Cup — at least among American self-nominated experts on that poor country. Where have we heard those authoritative voices before — Kristol, Pollack, Wolfowitz — even the castigator-in-chief Cheney. Oh, yes. Now you remember. They were promoters […]

  • Mike Corrigan

    Darkside of the Sun: Mike Inc.

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist People often wonder why I don’t just incorporate and get it over with. After all, I have my “brand” and I produce a ton of “product,” most of it horse manure and some of it my own manure. In short, I already fit the profile of most international corporations. All […]

  • Henry Precht

    Small World: The Tea Party drops a leader

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist It may be time to sweep up some generalizations now that the dust and debris have settled from the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the recent Republican primary. He was crushed in the vote by an obscure small college economics professor, David Brat, who raised $206,663 compared […]

  • PeterLewisTreehouseCMYK

    Uppermost House: The man in the middle

    By S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist On a quiet afternoon two weeks ago, I did something I’d never done before, a wonderful something, a something so precious that most men never get to do it. With the late spring sun streaming in the window and a hot cup of coffee in my hand, I sat […]