Let’s quit talking about infrastructure

ROLLING FORK—I’ve decided that infrastructure is the new weather: everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.
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Memorable night of tie in the typewriter

CLARKSDALE—You know you are getting old when you remember a really great story, only to realize that most of the folks it features are no longer still around to enjoy its retelling.
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Inactions also speak louder than words

This just in to the newsroom: Russia is not our friend.
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Absorb a touch of class by watching ‘My Fair Lady’

“This writing of plays is a great matter, forming as it does the minds and affections of men in such sort that whatsoever they see done in show on the stage, they will presently be doing in earnest in the world, which is but a larger stage.” —George Bernard Shaw

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What would I say to Dad?

ROLLING FORK—Well, it’s happened again. America’s latest Valentine’s Day massacre, this time the dead not rival mobsters but innocent children in a school, took place on the fifth anniversary of my father’s death, and as I watched, again, what has become the all too familiar news coverage of an all too familiar act of man’s inhumanity to man, a thought crossed my mind: What would I say to Dad were he still here?
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Kids in school today not learning to write

I was pretty sure that it would be bad, but I just didn’t know how bad.
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Watching reality itself slipping away

ROLLING FORK — I sometimes think there is contemporary America and contemporary Fox News America, with reality serving as the line of demarcation.
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Plenty of blame to go around for all

ROLLING FORK — The ridiculously silly passion play in Washington that recently consumed this nation and inspired others to wonder if we had lost our collective minds (pretty much), is nothing more or less than the inevitable result of the strident mindlessness partisanship that now is the alpha and omega of all things political in this land.
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One man is not the problem

ROLLING FORK — All right, it strikes me that once again some perspective is needed. Yes, Donald Trump stepped in it once again, mindlessly referring to Haiti and all African nations as “s—-hole countries,” the diplomatic equivalent of spitting on somebody’s ambassador, but the Claude Rains in Casablanca-quality shock being exhibited at that remark is more than a little naive and over-the-top.
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An interview with Jesus?

HEAVEN — A number of years ago on some TV talk show, the question came up among a group of journalists: If you could go back in time, through history, and have a one-on-one interview with any one individual, who would it be?
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