Archive for ‘Opinion’

  • Small World: Obama and his discontents

    By Henry Prect BN Columnist Every American president since World War II has, if I am not mistaken, ended his tenure of one or two terms at a lower level of approval than he had earlier reached. It is certainly true so far for President Obama. Why the recurring slumps? And why specifically the downturn […]

  • Darkside of the Sun: Dems vs. Pubs — Dumb, dumber

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist The Republicans would like to impeach President Obama. In fact, this is National Impeach Obama Week, according to the Tea Party. What a noble cause! And it isn’t only the Republican extreme right wing that wants to shower the President with calumny. Somewhat warped presidential timber Mike Huckabee said the […]

  • Small World: The Ayes (don’t) have it

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Two significant anniversaries this month: The 1914 beginning of fighting in World War I in Europe; and the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident in Vietnam. The outbreak of conflict 100 years ago followed a period of intense diplomacy within and between two alliances. Germany and Austria on one side; Russia, […]

  • Darkside of the sun: Where’s Waldo? On the computer

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist My nephew Waldo has been out of work for 27 years, which happens to be his age. The other day, I ordered him out of the basement and into the car. “We’re going to find you a job,” I told him. “But… but… But I’ve almost cracked Level 74!” Waldo […]

  • Small World: Turning 12

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Bobby, a young friend of mine, turned 12 last week. That’s an important stage: the end of childhood and the cusp of the last stage before adulthood. Bobby is deep into sports, meaning in his case, baseball and basketball. Both are highly organized – Little League for baseball and its […]

  • Darkside of the Sun: Tough crowd, shining faces playschool

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist “Now children,” said the man in the brown felt hat with a bird sitting on top of it and a bird sitting on top of that bird, “I will tell you a story. Would you like that?” “Yes, yes!” screamed the children. “For our Wi-Fi is out and we are […]

  • Small World: A short history of Gaza

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist It might be useful to review the history of Gaza before it is erased under Israeli assault. The first thing we need to know is that Samson, the ancient Israeli judge, lived there and performed heroic deeds. A haircut did him in, reducing him to servitude. In due course, his […]

  • Uppermost House: Catching the late show

    By S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist I’m no fawning entomologist. There, I said it. But if I was a bug-lover, I would have a huge crush on a certain regal mayfly that breeds in local waters named Hexagenia limbata, a gigantic (relatively speaking), pale, golden-yellow beauty, ephemeral, crepuscular (verging on nocturnal), and mysterious. And, I […]

  • Small World: The Middle East — a handy guide

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Rarely have the arabesques of the Middle East been as twisting and tortured. One follows a line that bends, reverses and introduces new and seemingly unrelated elements. So bear with me as I try — perhaps too cynically — to trace the intersections and hidden objectives of the diverse players. […]

  • Dark side of the Sun: Hmmm, government buying more bullets

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist While I’m glad the post office won’t run out of ammo anytime soon (to eliminate rabid dogs; nonrabid dogs; big slobbery dogs; small yappy dogs), it mystifies me what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to do with all 46,000 of the 46,000 hollow-point rounds it ordered. A NOAA […]