PUBLISHED in 1956, Edwin O’Connor’s “The Last Hurrah” was hailed by the New York Times as “the best novel about American politics.” It was a bestseller and was adapted into a 1958 film with Spencer Tracy playing the lead role. The movie flopped but the novel lives on. Its author was a print and broadcast journalist and his main subjects were “big-boss” politics and its practitioners.
DEAR Federal Bureau of Investigation, on behalf of THOUSANDS of genuinely CONCERNED Citizens I am making this public appeal for you to PLEASE try and expedite the prosecution of Governor Torres and those associated with him in your RICO Investigation.
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READY or not — mostly not — the reopening is at hand. The economic carnage of a continued lockdown is simply too great to sustain.
THE government has closed most schools.
ALTHOUGH the forced economic contraction born of panic by politicians over the coronavirus has been harmful to most everyone, there have been winners. During times of trouble, new ways of doing things invariably emerge.
THE Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa started on March 27, 2020.
FEAR is gripping the American public health and media establishments: they are losing control.
IT’S an odd fact of the human condition that we take extraordinary things for granted.
A DEADLY disease has emerged.
SIMPLE-MINDED folk, incapable of understanding the subtleties of science and economics, need a clear narrative to guide them through the complexity of the national lockdown debate. Fortunately, the usual wise heads in the media have been here all along to provide an easily understood moral fable, complete with its own cast of villains and heroes.
WE may not yet have a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, but we are well on our way to extracting from that virus a vaccine against a far deadlier plague: socialism, which in the 20th century alone killed more than three times as many people as HIV did in the same time, which has killed about twice as many people as the Black Death killed in the 14th century, and which continues to afflict victims around the world from Cuba to North Korea to Venezuela.
THE Democrats have made their formal request for candidates which is a signal that “Resurrection Day” (voting day) is now on the horizon and if I have to tell you what resurrection and who then you haven’t been keeping up with the events in our Commonwealth.
MARIANAS Variety’s editorial on May 22nd warned that the NMI would soon find itself in the middle of a power struggle in the Pacific.
IN most countries, the tool of choice to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus pandemic is the lockdown.
ANOTHER 2.4 million Americans filed for jobless benefits recently for a total of 38.6 million in nine weeks.
OVER the years, through funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Graduate School USA (formerly the “Graduate School, USDA”) has been examining the CNMI government’s financial condition and drawing up lists of recommendations that can be summed up in two words: don’t overspend.
DEAR grads, lockdown class of 2020: Switch off “Animal Crossing,” wrap up that episode of “The Masked Singer,” pause practicing your TikTok “Renegade” dance, finish ironically chugging your Corona beer, and listen up — Karens, Beckys and Chads, too.
HOW lovely it is to have a high-profile job in our major media institutions.
WHEN I tell people that I work at the Foundation for Economic Education, they sometimes ask: “What economic ideas should people understand?”