Why Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is so scary
I cried when I heard about Philip Seymour Hoffman. The news scared me: He got sober when he was 22 and didn't drink or use drugs for the next 23 years.
The Sochi Olympics and the facade of Russian progress
In the mid-19th century, a Frenchman described the reconstruction of St. Petersburg’s monumental Winter Palace after a fire. To meet the czar’s deadline during a bitterly cold winter, the “unprecedented efforts” included heating the structure’s interior to almost 90 degrees. Of the thousands of laborers who braved the extremes of temperature, “a considerable number died each day,” wrote the Marquis de Custine, “but, as the victims were replaced by other champions who filled their places — to perish in their turn in this inglorious gap — the losses were not apparent.”
Frederick oysters pack a punch
Robb Walsh is a Houston food writer who has written extensively about that City’s various food cultures. He has recently authored a book about oysters that is titled “Sex, Death, and Oysters, a Half Shell Lover’s World Tour.”
In that work he details how oysters have been enjoyed by historical figures such as the Roman Emperor Nero, the French King Louis XIV and have been referenced in literature for centuries.
Walsh writes of how oysters have been eaten in what is now the American gulf south region for thousands of years and plays an important role in the culinary and cultural traditions in the coastal areas of Louisiana, Maryland and Texas today.
Maybe Legislature should not consider policy bills next year
Last week I wrote that it should be the goal of the Legislature to reduce the number of laws. Over the years, the number of state statutes has greatly increased, even though voters elected a new wave of small government conservatives.
A start to a secure retirement
During the past five years, our country has accomplished a number of big things. The economy has grown stronger after being shaken to the core by the worst recession in our lifetimes. Our businesses have created more than 8 million jobs. The financial system is more resilient, with better protections for consumers and investors. And investments in domestic energy production have helped put the promise of American energy independence in sight.
The shootings go on: Sandy Hook's horror is becoming commonplace
When the detective arrived at my home, he had a folder in his hand. "We just have some paperwork to take care of first," he said.
OUR VIEW: Sign of the times arrives in Edmond
It was nearly four years in the making, but three of the five Edmond City Council members found enough common ground to put an ordinance on the books that will allow Edmond businesses to have digital signage as part of their on-site marketing.
HEY HINK: Fighting doesn’t decide fact; it's just entertaining
A news item appearing in the Jan. 29 issue of “BBC’s Internet News” reminds me of my years as a bouncer in a rock ‘n roll bar.
Let me set the stage.
Ignoring the elephant inside the room
In 1940 as Jimmy Durante headed to the door of Coleman’s Restaurant in Calabash, North Carolina, he turned to 28 year old Lucy and with a smile said, “Good Night, Mrs. Calabash.” For the rest of his life, until his death in 1980, every Durante appearance ended with his trademark phrase, “Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.”
As with most entertainers who rose out of vaudeville, Durante’s style included repetitious skits and catchwords, not only phrases, but also songs and mannerisms. His famous “Ah-cha-cha-cha-cha” and self-references to his own nose as the “Big Schnozzola” always brought the house down.
EPA can’t give up ground on biofuels
Together with eight other lawmakers, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., recently introduced a bill to eliminate the mandate for corn-based ethanol. This proposal comes just weeks after the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to reduce the ethanol fuel requirement.
Both moves are reckless and unjustifiable. The nation must break its fossil-fuel addiction.
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