The Battle of Carbisdale: April 27, 1650

The Marquis of Montrose has landed, An English invader unfounded By law or decree has he banded To render Scotland’s north hounded. Negotiation was a precarious thing in the 17th century, but for Scotland, foreign treachery and coerced invasion was not to be tolerated.  Charles II needed the Scottish Covenanters’ support in order to win…

Convenience is costly

Here is a letter I recently sent to the Midland Daily News: Jeanne Berube was recently “in disbelief when a local shipping store was going to charge [her] shopping friend $10.40 for an $8.80 book of twenty stamps” (“Buyer beware,” April 26). Local convenience stores sell a gallon of milk for $2.99, while large grocery…

10 Reasons Not to Abolish Slavery

This outstanding article was provided by FEE.  Click here for entire article. At one time, countless people found one or more of the following reasons adequate grounds on which  to oppose the abolition of slavery. Yet in retrospect, these reasons seem shabby—more rationalizations than reasons. Today these reasons or very similar ones are used by opponents…

No More Taxes! Wait a minute…

“What a relief. Now that April 15 is out of the way, my tax rate is back to zero for another year. At least that’s the way the President of the United States seems to have it figured—your tax burden, according to him, is measured by what you’re paying right this moment as opposed to…

Intentions do not equal outcomes

Here is a letter I recently sent to the Midland Daily news: Colin Mealey, in his recent letter, offers a good analysis of the recent health care situation in America (“Join the Private Sector?,” April 15). The following two recommendations in the concluding paragraph, however, would likely worsen the situation: “…instead of totally revamping the…

The Battle of Formigny: England vs. France (April 15, 1450)

Much of Western Civilization in Western Europe has been characterized by the nationalistic animosity between England and France that took two world wars to finally end. But where did this animosity come from? In 1066, the Duke of Normandy (France) invaded England, dethroned Edward the Confessor, and became known as William the Conqueror. At that…

“The Tea Party Guys”

Here is a letter I recently sent to the Midland Daily News: Bruce Harris, in his recent letter, draws parallels between the “modern Tea Party guys” and the “original Tea Party guys” (“Tea Party history,” April 12). First, he claims that “[the Tea Party activists] were driven to act by respectable merchant Bostonians whose tea…

Loyalty to a cause, not a country

Here is a letter I recently sent to the Midland Daily News: Joe Manelis, in reference to the Tea Party’s dislike of further government intervention in health care, claims that “this ultra right wing of the Republican party appears to be on a course that is both dangerous and UNAMERICAN” (“Loyalty to country, not a…