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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Last week, President Obama headed across the border to Mexico and Costa Rica. His trip included a visit with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Officially, they discussed economic cooperation between the neighboring countries. However, Mexico and the United States must also face immigration and drug violence together. This week Mexico will again be on many minds […]

Walking into the Future

When two pressure cooker bombs exploded at last week’s Boston Marathon, their contents shredded the lower extremities of many of their victims. To date, 14 people have had one limb amputated. At least two women have had both legs amputated. Coincidentally, the events of the Boston Marathon focus our attention on amputation just as the […]

Talking Taxes

April 15th is a gloomy day for many Americans. It is Tax Day, the day Americans file state and federal income tax forms and submit payments. This year, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the federal income tax. In 1913, America ratified the 16th Amendment, which allows the federal government to levy a federal income […]

The Buzz about Bees

A string of warm days, blooming daffodils and crocuses, honey bees buzzing through the air—these are the first signs of spring. This year you may have noticed something amiss in these early signs of spring. This year there are fewer honey bees. It is not a new phenomenon. In 2006, farmers and beekeepers noticed honey […]

Game On!

March is all about rebirth, renewal…and basketball. This year, March Madness, aka The Big Dance—the annual national obsession with college basketball—began on March 16th. The three week, single elimination series concludes with the final tip-off on April 7th. That game will decide the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Champion.  (The women’s series is played […]

Spring Foward

“The early bird catches the worm.” Benjamin Franklin, the famously frugal Founding Father and proponent of productivity, would surely agree with that idiom. However, for many people, getting up was just a bit more difficult last week. Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. marked Daylight Saving Time across most of the United States. That meant […]

Rosa Parks Arrives at the Rotunda

Last week, the calendar advanced from February—African American History Month—to March—Women’s History Month. Who better to lead us from one historic month to the next than Rosa Parks, Mother of the Civil Rights Movement? This past week was an historic one for Rosa Parks. On Tuesday, February 27, Rosa Parks became the first African American […]

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Meteorite

Traveling at an estimated 33,000 mph, faster than the speed of sound, a 10-ton meteor broke into pieces above Earth on February 15, 2013. One meteorite hurtled onward toward Earth, streaking brilliantly across the sky above Chelyabinsk, Russia. Its shockwaves shattered more than 4,000 windows and engaged car alarms. Approximately 1,000 people sustained injuries. Scientists […]

Pope Benedict XVI Bids Adieu

The Pope is important to Catholics; however, last week, he was the talk of people worldwide, despite their religious preferences. The Pope is responsible for ensuring that all decisions made by the Catholic Church adhere to the mission, doctrine, and morals of the Church. He is not worshipped, but he is certainly revered and respected. […]

You have Mail…but not on Saturdays

“You have mail” used to refer to real mail, snail mail, mail in the mailbox by your curb or on your porch. For centuries the United States Postal Service brought letters that connected family and friends when phones and computers were non-existent, uncommon, or expensive. The USPS remitted bills and advertisements, and delivered invitations and […]

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