It had started as a game, or rather, a distraction.  Maybe both.  I really should have been studying, but then again the cat needed attention.  How could I call myself a responsible owner if I didn't at least play with the thing once in a while?  If the times that we played happened to coincide with the times when I should have been working, then so much the better.  At least it took my mind off things. 

Education proposal makes no sense

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently proposed to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards that teachers should be paid a starting salary of $60,000 a year, potentially being able to earn as much as $150,000 a year.

As an education major, this sounds like a dream come true.  However, as a rational, somewhat educated person, this is the most ridiculous proposal I've ever heard.

Diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend

Diamonds have always held a particular allure.  The hardest of all precious stones, they are traditionally associated with love and marriage.  Marilyn Monroe sang, "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" the 1953 film "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," and Ian Fleming's master spy James Bond battled a villainous smuggler in "Diamonds Are Forever." Those two lines have become central to one of the longest running, most lucrative, successful and patently deceptive advertising campaigns in history.

Third-party candidates face unequal hurdles for presidential ballot


From the headlines on major news outlets, you'd think that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are the only candidates for president this year. Exactly as planned.

In support of equality

I have, on more than one occasion, had the unfortunate honor to witness combat with my own eyes. As a combat medic in both Iraq and Afghanistan, I worked tirelessly to bring freedom and rights to people who didn't have any. People have often asked why I did it, and I can honestly say it's because I believe in freedom and equality for all people. My military service has given me a unique perspective on how we apply rights to sections of our own society. (I have never met a single person who would say that as a combat tested military veteran, I shouldn't have access to all the rights and privileges that come along with being a citizen.) For some, there's an additional issue; I am not just a veteran, I am a gay veteran.

How to be your own personal trainer

With a significant amount of Americans saying they want to lose weight, it's important to know what to do and how to do it.

Old Devil

Old man,

Teller of "fortunes" and lies,

His wizened hand


As it beckons me closer.

His dusty breath


Of smoldering sulfur.

His blind eye


To the sins from my father.


Is his sweet disguise,

Old devil,

Teller of "fortunes" and lies.

No justice, no sweets

This summer about 400 foreign exchange students from countries including China, Nigeria and the Ukraine came to our country on a summer cultural exchange work visa program. They wanted to practice their English, earn some money and learn more about what life is like in the United States.

What happened to them should be a national embarrassment. The students were put to work in a Pennsylvania plant that packages and ships Hershey's chocolates.