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Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson
Friday, January 18, 2019 5:41 PM
OK. Maybe it is my age, but I have my eyes checked routinely. What is with the comma key on my keyboard and the representation of the comma on my computer screen?
  • The comma key
    Friday, January 18, 2019 5:41 PM
    OK. Maybe it is my age, but I have my eyes checked routinely. What is with the comma key on my keyboard and the representation of the comma on my computer screen?
    0 comment(s)

  • Danger ahead: Abrogation of the Monroe Doctrine
    Wednesday, January 9, 2019 3:36 PM
    While we wring our hands over some relatively mundane headlines at home, China and Russia are playing for keeps. This will be to our detriment if we don’t wake up.
    8 comment(s)

  • For Highland County high school juniors and seniors
    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 7:40 AM
    Provisions of the Paperitalo Scholarship at Miami University state that, all else being equal, a qualifying student who graduated from a high school or was home schooled through high school in Highland County shall be given preference for this annual award.
    4 comment(s)

  • Are these better times?
    Thursday, December 27, 2018 9:16 AM
    The Boy Scouts recently announced they may file for bankruptcy. The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine founded by News Corporation, just printed its last issue. Are these related events? Perhaps in one way they are, that way being beyond the obvious one of financial problems.
    1 comment(s)

  • A shutdown with teeth
    Monday, December 17, 2018 7:13 AM
    Tell the medical industry – as I have defined it – that all government payments are frozen, all contracts canceled and the government will not make one payment to anyone in the medical industry until, it, the medical industry, comes up with a plan that, in aggregate, reduces the cost of the medical industry as a percentage of the GDP in this country to 6 percent.
    3 comment(s)

  • What have we done? Part 2
    Wednesday, December 5, 2018 8:44 AM
    Ever since I spent a long weekend in southern Highland County a few weeks ago, I have been hearing noises, even way down here in Georgia, from folks wanting me to “tell more” about my experience. I will do so, but in a way unlike what you may expect.
    2 comment(s)

  • Unable to escape bureaucracy
    Thursday, November 29, 2018 9:02 AM
    Back when I started my current business in 1992, it was still possible to operate pretty much as an island. Correspondence was by U.S. mail or facsimile; the internet did not exist. Software, if you had a computer, was bought on discs at a computer store.
    3 comment(s)

  • A real Thanksgiving story
    Tuesday, November 20, 2018 12:10 PM
    This manager has never gone with us. He is also a volunteer firefighter. He told me they had a bunch of surplus equipment, and he wondered if the fire department in Panajachel, Guatemala could use it. Without hesitation, I said yes. Lloyd Monroe (the missionary) stopped dead in his tracks and looked at me, “Did you know the Panajachel Fire Department’s gear was stolen a couple of weeks ago?”
    3 comment(s)

  • I am resolving to be a rich socialist
    Monday, November 12, 2018 12:01 PM
    There is a way to start practicing rich socialism that is inexpensive and can be done almost en masse. I keep several $5 fast food cards in my wallet. When I am in the city and confronted on the street by a beggar asking for money for food, I give them one of these. They are often taken aback, and, yes, I have somewhat imposed my will on a stranger, but I have met their request. I have given them money for food. It is just not quite as fungible as they anticipated.
    10 comment(s)

  • What have we done? Part 1
    Wednesday, November 7, 2018 6:11 PM
    On Monday evening, Nov. 5, 2018, I had had it “up to here” with political ads and thought I would go to YouTube and retreat into old “Newhart” episodes (the Bob Newhart show that was set in Vermont, not Chicago) and escape the world. (I realize many younger readers have no idea what show I am talking about.) Well, if I thought this was going to be escapism, I was sadly wrong.
    1 comment(s)

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