I note with great displeasure in the June 27 edition of the Laurel Leader that we are again going to put on a hot dog-eating contest on Main Street to celebrate the Glorious Sixth. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 60 million Americans are now obese, and I am certain I could shed a few pounds. At the same time, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 15 percent of families in America suffer some "food insecurity." Yet we are going to encourage people to gorge in public until
Comparing Columbia with other local and non-local population centers that are often used as bench marks for "artistic enabled communities" — and using simple arithmetic to see what Columbia's population would have to be for the same density of people to share in supporting the arts — these are some numbers for consideration compared to Columbia's current population of almost 100,000:
New schools Superintendent Dallas Dance wants to eliminate from school system policy a written requirement that each school have a librarian and has shifted library science functions from the instruction and curriculum department to testing and technology.
Anna Burns Welker, wife of New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, posted some not-so-nice things about Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis on her Facebook page after last night's AFC championship game.
Christmas may come early for Apple CEO Tim Cooke who could find out today whether a mess of Samsung phones are permanently placed on the naughty list, out of reach of U.S. consumers. Lakers star Kobe Bryant just scored his 30,000 point joining the elite ranks of Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.