The engines on the Island of Sodor can’t go very long without getting themselves into more precarious situations, as the five episodes in this latest DVD release from the iconic tank engine illustrate.
For outgoing, budget-conscious travelers who are looking to help cut costs on a dream European holiday this fall, a language training firm may offer the solution by providing free room and board just for talking and interacting with its clientele.
Roy A. Barnes reviews the sequel to the 2009 book that covers through color and black/white photography some of the most intriguing man-made edifices, many of which have been left to the mercy of time, neglect, and Mother Nature.
The austerity that this country is dealing with continues to hurt the most vulnerable in society, while Congress continues to fight for any program or service that preserves or affects their cushy lifestyles, like delay-free air travel.
The U.S. government has no problem lecturing other nations about human rights abuses, but this nation is still plagued by incidents of racist behavior, which other nations like China have no problem in pointing out.
Even though the Communist country has been more open to allowing people to practice their religious beliefs, the government still doesn't realize just how belief in God has helped this nation deal with challenging times, helping to preserve its society.
Those members of the Senate who voted against a sensible gun control measure should be made to face the victims of gun violence and tell them why they are more afraid of the NRA than being a potential victim of senseless gun violence.
Fanatical cowards think they can break the American spirit by targeting innocent people, but they can only win if we allow them to curtail our freedoms, which terrorists want to exploit for their own sick agendas.
How gullible do pro-choice Republicans think that women who value their right to choose are? No matter how much they try to repackage their extremist positions on abortion rights, their invasive actions speak louder than words.
Social Security continues to be the “third rail” of American politics, even though it’s going to cease to exist for future generations unless Washington politicians get courageous and make necessary reforms.
Erecting a statue of one of the most divisive politicians in world history would be like waving a red flag in front of an angry bull. Thatcher needs to rest in peace rather than be used to create more social disorder.
Followers of U.K. current events can't deny that Margaret Thatcher held fast to her convictions, making her a titanic force in British politics. But for those of use who disagreed with her policies, her passing does leave a troubling void.
If the self-appointed "word police" in society is allowed to continually dictate how we talk and write, we will eventually be without a language. People who look to be offended over perfectly respectable speech shouldn't be taken seriously.
Why should skinnier people, who cost the airlines less to carry them, have to be subject to the same pricing as heavier people? It’s time all airlines begin to base their airfares on the weight of passengers and their luggage.
The president’s vision of insuring more Americans could become a bigger problem than solution if Congress and the Obama administration don’t work together to make the inevitable fair and less invasive.
Leave it to an ivory-tower-dwelling British politician to suggest that the little people may be responsible for the lagging economy. People pounding the pavement to get a job or who’re already working multiple jobs to survive want times to improve.
As long as intolerant hardline conservatives keep on being allowed to be the tail that wags the dog in the Republican Party, the White House will keep on being an elusive prize in future presidential elections.
If the new pope does nothing but lead by humility, his tenure as leader of the Roman Catholic Church will make a difference in a world that is so full of pride, especially from those who have charge over us ordinary folks.
Once again, Paul Ryan is proposing massive cuts on those who can least afford it while giving more to those who don’t need it via his latest budget scheme. The GOP has learned little, if anything, from the November elections.
New York’s mayor went too far in trying to ban the size of sugary drinks because it wasn’t only unfair to small businesses, but people should have a choice in what they eat and consume, no matter how unwise their choices are.
The Chinese government continues to sacrifice environmental quality for economic growth. But when the costs of this growth are early deaths and sickness of its people, the end doesn’t justify the means.
As Americans begin to feel the pain of sequestration, the nation of Egypt will be getting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money thanks to the Obama administration. This is outrageous, to say the least.
Dennis Rodman may not be the most conventional ideal of a diplomat, but he at least made a connection with Kim Jong Un. What have our so-called “skilled” State Dept. officials done to reduce the suffering of North Koreans?
With the prospect of furloughed government employees and social service cuts if Congress and the president can’t reach a sequestration-stopping deal by March 1, the last thing that our tax dollars should be going to is other countries.
Air travel is already a less-than-ideal experience. Now if sequestration takes place on March 1, using alternative transportation or just not traveling altogether will become even more of a choice by frustrated air travelers.
Wyoming, like every state, stands to lose big time if sequestration takes place on March 1. If congressional Republicans would stop protecting the rich and government departments would address their wasteful spending, sequestration wouldn't be necessary.
Running a government on a continuous-last-minute-crisis intervention basis has now taken a toll on tax filing and refund season. Nonetheless, leaders in Washington still get their cushy pay and perks despite all the trouble they've caused.
Cyber attacks cost the global economy over $1 trillion in 2011. It’s nothing short of terrorism. Since Americans’ top foreign policy goal is combating terrorist acts, Americans should rally behind the White House’s cyber security initiatives.
More than half of small businesses polled claimed they’ve had difficulty in finding qualified employees, yet the disabled community continues to suffer high amounts of unemployment. There’s definitely a disconnect going on.
The banks continue to engage in practices that will lead to another financial crisis. They’ve learned very little, if anything at all, because they don’t have to pay for their mistakes since the government sees to it that we do instead.
The House Speaker should be ashamed of himself for calling those who make $7.25 per hour people with “no skills.” Does he realize from his ivory tower that highly-skilled workers often have to take on these jobs just to survive?
The U.S. has more than enough nuclear weapons to defend itself, and it has no moral high ground to call on countries like North Korea and Iran to not create any while we hoard and/or build more nuclear weapons.
The Catholic Church has a golden opportunity to select a new pope who will get this religious entity into the 21st century of more acceptance and tolerance. Let’s hope its powers-that-be don’t pick a status-quo pope stuck in centuries-past thinking.
Both Americans and Brits should be thankful that despite the tough times our governments are having with budget deficits, it has food inspectors in place to catch potential contamination in the products we purchase to eat.
The New Jersey governor can joke attack his detractors over his girth, but he can’t deny that his medical condition isn’t something voters don’t have a right to judge him by regarding his fitness for office if he decides to run for president.
The NRA’s chief executive once favored sensible gun control measures like universal background checks, but now he’s flip-flopped his position while making unfounded projections on President Barack Obama’s intentions over this issue.
Gun control legislation won’t solve all of the country’s gun violence problems, but at least laws would put the authorities in the position to enforce tighter measures and make it harder for criminals to get access to certain weapons.
Boehner and other congressional GOP leaders need to ask themselves why they continue to allow themselves to be bullied by the NRA rather than scapegoat the president over the political mess they are in.
During his inaugural speech Monday, President Barack Obama spoke on the concept of happiness, reminding us that it isn’t just for some Americans. For those with mental health issues, happiness can be even more of an elusive gift to find.
This nation won’t survive the major challenges it faces unless we demonstrate more toleration for each other, despite our different views. Do we want to live in a totalitarian state where everyone is supposed to think and act alike?