With long-established newspapers folding (Capitol Times in Madison) or going into chapter 13 (Star Tribune in Minneapolis), there’s lots of talk about how to save the institution that has been so important to the fostering of democracy in these United States.
When I was a graduate student, one of my cruel professors required that we all read Max Weber’s “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism,” a tedious tome that attempted to explain how Protestantism fed the engine of capitalism (and conversely why Roman Catholic countries cared less about external appearances).
Ruth and I spent our 38th wedding anniversary in Mexico City this year.
That was not my idea. I would have preferred a few quiet days in Beldenville or Hager City, but Ruth pointed out those towns’ lack of hostelries.
The next best thing to reading last year’s “Monkey” Ward catalog in an outdoor privy around mid-July is to ponder the magical pages of Gurney’s latest seed catalog on a wintry evening on Walnut Street.
When oh when will all this election stuff end? I’m really tired of all the charges and countercharges. I’m even sick of Bill Maher and John Stewart, the comic commentators even though they’re both smarter than anyone running.
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