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Tom Purcell

So long, foods of my 1970's childhood

The Wall Street Journal article made me both hungry and wistful.
According to The Journal, Aunt Jemima pancake mix, Campbell’s Soup, Kellogg’s cereals and many other “big-food” staples of the ‘70s are in trouble.
“High-end consumers are shifting toward fresher items with fewer processed ingredients, while cost-conscious shoppers are buying inexpensive store brands,” reports The Journal.
Processed foods were all the rage in the ‘70s. With big families to feed in a down economy, parents were looking for what they thought was “safe, affordable and convenient food.”

Jim Brown

Why say something if nothing happens?

With an increasing number of mass shootings in recent months, we are urged by law enforcement officials to keep an eye out. Report anything suspicious. “If you see something, say something” we are regularly told. The problem is, that in too many instances, the alarms raised by concerned citizens are falling on deaf ears.

Tom Purcell

George Washington’s history? It’s complicated

“What do you mean that America’s youth know little about George Washington, except that he was a slave owner?”
“Few schools teach children about George Washington anymore. And as more towns remove Confederate statues from public land, related news stories are emerging that focus on the complications of historical figures, such as Washington, who owned slaves.”
“As we apply contemporary morality to historical figures, I can understand how things might get complicated. But Washington was still one of our greatest leaders!”

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