Some Common Cents for October 28th, 2016

October 31, 2016, by John Norris

Years ago, I was a pretty big Jimmy Buffet fan. I went to concerts, I bought albums, and I knew every word on “Songs You Know By Heart.” While I am no longer a pseudo-Parrothead, that album is still a pretty good choice for a sunset happy hour during warm weather months, if not the best. For my money, its only real competition is the Bob Marley & The Wailers compilation “Legend.” One afternoon during...

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Some Common Cents for October 21st, 2016

October 24, 2016, by John Norris

This past Sunday, my wife and I drank coffee and watched the morning news programs. At some point, the noise from the TV, histrionics actually, became ambient. To be sure, I am certain the commentators thought they were being terribly insightful, but I didn’t think so. It was so much Newspeak, a la 1984, to me, and I ultimately tuned it out. Perhaps there was something subliminal happening, because a feeling on unease came over...

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Some Common Cents for October 7th, 2016

October 11, 2016, by John Norris

The American public goes through the same spectacle every four years; actually, some would argue it is every two years. Suffice it to say, we go through it a lot. ‘It’ meaning campaign promises and ranting & raving about how the ‘other party’ is wrong or evil. This year seems to be just like every other election year, but on anabolic steroids. Personally, I don’t think either party is mean spirited or wants to destroy...

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Some Common Cents for September 30th, 2016

October 3, 2016, by John Norris

It has always been prudent to choose your words wisely and avoid inflammatory issues when writing newsletters and newspaper columns. However, in the past, it was more difficult for readers to reach out to you with their opinions. This disconnect, if you will, between the writer and the reader probably engendered a more constructive flow of actual information and opinion. I started writing the precursor of Common Cents in 2001, I believe, and a weekly...

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