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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Serfer Girl

During summer break, I usually take on a long novel or two. One of my book groups is reading Persuasion, which I have to finish by mid-June and better get hold of pretty quickly. A great perk working at CSU is that I can check out library books for months at a time. Before school let […]

Clemency This Time?

The Ohio Parole Board has recommended clemency for Richard Nields, scheduled to die on June 10, 2010. This is an unusual step. The Board under Governor Strickland has recommended clemency (life in prison without parole) only twice before. Once the Governor listened, but the last time he ignored their recommendation, and Jason Getsy was executed […]

Old Dog

Today our dog, fourteen years old, snapped at a kid at the park who dared to pet him. The other day he snapped at the vet who was only, after all, attempting to remove some blood from his body. I don’t want to talk out of school, but let’s just say his housebroken habits have […]

Ordered to Fire

So now we know. An analysis of the audiotape made on May 4, 1970, at Kent State indicates that the National Guardsmen were ordered to fire. So much for the “young, untrained, panicky troops” argument. That one always seemed fishy:  how does one explain the Guard kneeling in formation and the fusillade of 67 shots? The Guardsmen […]

Teach Your Children

As soon as I sat down on the big hill in front of Taylor Hall today, I thought, “Oh, sh…I’m going to get sunburned.” What a beautiful day it was today at Kent State, and my cheeks are bright red. I was a freshman at KSU on May 4, 1970. But I wasn’t on campus that day. […]