Oct/Nov 2004

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Tough Stuff

Kerry may be maddeningly ineffectual at times at translating his ideas and actions into the spin-driven world of American politics, but he is a markedly better man than Bush. He sees a bigger picture, he makes himself very unpopular to do the right thing, and he avoids the "ends justify the means" mentality that drives the Michael Moores and the Karl Roves of American politics.

Tom Dooley


What If I Don't Die?

All the Authorities agree that the essence of adulthood is the ability to defer gratification. Well, fine. But there is a time and a place for everything, and the end of life is not the time for putting off pleasure.

Paul J. Sampson


America the Beautiful

But for all the griping that goes on about our environmental stupidities, look at the record: Theodore Roosevelt was more far-sighted than his myopia could imagine when he established our first national parks, setting an example for other nations.

CE Chaffin