Archive for the 'Education' Category

‘We’d be discarding them, anyway’

Friday, February 19th, 2016

The Library of Congress announced a few years back that it will now archive the collected works of Twitter, the cell-phone text messaging service, whose users currently send a daily flood of 55 million messages, none containing more than 140 characters.

Another hour with Ernie

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Vin spent another 90 minutes on the air with Ernest Hancock in Phoenix, Arizona, Wednesday (Jan. 20.) The subject of The Miskatonic Manuscript came up, along with the Drug War (of course); the unfounded claim that the federal government “owns” 53 percent of the state of Oregon; the mandatory government youth propaganda camps (“public schools”) […]

A Thank You To My First Grade Teacher

Monday, December 7th, 2015

A Thank You To My First Grade Teacher By: the Brunette Warning: This is not the heartwarming, mushy sort of Thank You letter most teachers would want to read — it’s taken me fifty years to write it, but looking back on it she taught me the most important lesson of my early life. If you […]

Getting their kicks (52 miles off) Route 66

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

ABE Books — now owned by Amazon, last we checked — occasionally posts features intended to encourage customers to frequent and buy from the nation’s remaining “used and antiquarian” bookstores.

Revisiting “America’s proud heritage: ‘uneducated, illiterate, barefooted, gun-toting hayseeds’?”

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Has it really been five years — Thanksgiving of 2009 — since I posted a “readers respond” column under this headline? For those who’d like another gander at what passes for reasoned, well-documented debate among the defenders of today’s mandatory government youth propaganda camps, I believe it’s still posted at http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=374 .

The Great Writers produced by the Federal Writers’ Project

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

My fellow booksellers in these parts were recently advised to research and stock books created under the auspices of the FDR-era “Federal Writers’ Project,” a tax-and-spend-and-elect outfit created in 1935 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. That’s good advice as far as it goes. Writers who later became well-known, from Nelson Algren […]

Southbound

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Mom found the following 580-word piece in my dad’s papers, two-and-a-half handwritten sheets with a few cross-outs and corrections, with (but not part of) his autobiography. For geographic clarification, my folks lived the past 55 years on a wooded ridge in Marlborough, Connecticut — if you gaze north-northwest to the next ridge line, those woods […]

Reducing crime without more ‘gun control’

Friday, December 6th, 2013

By Vin Suprynowicz It’s the holiday season, when we’re reminded to give thanks. Indeed, we risk going into a tailspin if we concentrate only on our problems, without remembering to be thankful for health, for friends and loved ones, for living in a country where we can stand up for our liberties by speaking and […]

The ‘government shutdown’

Monday, October 21st, 2013

My mom called me the other day to ask whether I thought the “government shutdown” would impact some state program or other. I can see how the thought arose, given that there are hardly any independent “state programs” any more (most having fallen victim to the siren call of “supplemental federal funding,” which leaves them […]

Will anyone miss them when they’re gone?

Monday, May 6th, 2013

The daily paper as you’ve known it is going the way of the drive-in movie, the party line, and black-and-white TV. The financial reasons are well known: The Internet and tax-subsidized direct mail have sucked up much of the advertising revenue — by providing better, more efficient targeting — and significantly altered the business models […]