In September 1958, a future columnist, then 17, was unpacking as a college freshman when upperclassmen hired by tobacco companies knocked on his dormitory door, distributing free mini-packs of cigarettes. He and many other aspiring sophisticates became smokers. Six years later — 40 years ago: Jan. 11, 1964 — when the Surgeon General published the report declaring tobacco carcinogenic, more than 40 percent of American adults smoked. Today, when smoking is considered declassee rather than sophisticated, fewer than one-fifth do.
CHICAGO — As education reform takes hold across the country, we find ourselves traveling through another dimension — one not only of hysterics but also of childish behavior. There’s a signpost up ahead, our next stop: The Stupid Zone!
What’s been said of confession — that it is good for one’s soul but bad for one’s reputation — can also be true of testifying to Congress, so Lois Lerner has chosen to stay silent. Hers, however, is an eloquent silence.
As many of you may have heard, we here at North 40 Productions are producing a film entitled “Lifted” that celebrates the love skiers and snowboarders have for their sport and their home mountain, set at our local ski area, Mission Ridge. Once finished, after throwing a giant party with the Mission Ridge community, the plan is to push this movie in front of a much wider audience through national broadcast television and worldwide digital platforms like iTunes and Netflix.
President Obama used very personal terms to introduce his “My Brother’s Keeper” campaign to help young minority men with a variety of coordinated intervention efforts. Citing his own childhood struggles, his anger and subsequent poor decisions — including drug use — Obama made clear that this new effort is very dear to him.
One hundred years after a spark in Central Europe ignited a conflagration from which the world has not yet recovered and from which Europe will never recover, armed forces have crossed an international border in Central Europe, eliciting this analysis from Secretary of State John Kerry: “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century. It really puts at question Russia’s capacity to be within the G8.”
WASHINGTON — At the risk of repeating myself, the federal minimum wage is far too low and needs to be raised. Republicans who claim to be worried about lost jobs can dry their crocodile tears, because a few simple measures would get all those jobs back — and lots more.