By James A. Lyons
By arming the rebels, we're aiding al Qaeda
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
As the young United States spiraled toward its worst domestic crisis -- the Civil War -- its men of letters were fighting for their position on the world cultural stage. This battle, thankfully with no expense of human life, was unequivocally successful.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn't solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a "shoddy piece of craftsmanship."
Many Earth Day celebrations will commemorate the 50th anniversary on Sunday of the publication of the environmental classic "Silent Spring" in 1962. Indeed, author Rachel Carson has been cited more often than any other environmental writer after Henry David Thoreau. But just because a book is popular doesn't mean it's true.
News reports about the Occupy Wall Street "movement" and interviews with the occupiers are reminiscent of the doublespeak of the Mad Hatter, March Hare and Dormouse in "Alice in Wonderland."
Carl Oglesby, a dynamic activist in the 1960s who headed the campus organization Students for a Democratic Society and gave an influential and frequently quoted speech denouncing the Vietnam War and those who broke his "American heart," has died at age 76.
All that business last month about July 4 being In- dependence Day was a temporary indulgence by those Founding Father guys. Hope you enjoyed the hot dogs.
Grace Elizabeth Hale's "A Nation of Outsiders" is two books in one. The first is a work that displays an astonishing amount of research, a tour-de-force narrative summary of 20th century events as diverse as the civil rights movement, the New Left, the New Right and the Jesus People.
First there was a Bigfoot sighting. Now, there's a Bigfoot suing.
For as long as he can remember, freelance writer Peter Stark has had an irresistible urge to seek out the world's remote, unpopulated areas and spend serious time in those places.
Henry David Thoreau, the famous essayist, said that "It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things."
Though, as Henry David Thoreau once said, "Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk."
He said his father thought the Warren Commission, which concluded Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing the president, was a "shoddy piece of craftsmanship."