William A. Collins, an OtherWords columnist, is a former Connecticut State lawmaker and the former mayor of Norwalk. He founded Minuteman Media, which later became OtherWords, in 1998. 9collins[AT]sbcglobal.net
Our magical flood of electronic devices, from television sets to cell phones, harbors long-lasting poisons.
Experience shows that homeowner weaponry has proved more useful in shooting wives, husbands, and estranged sweethearts than in defending one’s castle.
The rich actually pay a lower percentage of their total income in taxes than do the poor.
State medical authorities keep track of “physician errors” or “adverse incidents,” but they rarely share that information with us.
Having an African-American president hasn’t exactly ushered in a period of racial harmony.
Addiction doesn’t respect social values, and neither do tobacco companies.
We’ll get you born, kid, but after that you’re on your own.
Only in the United States is health coverage still left to privateers.
We have a long-term growth in income disparity between rich and middle-class, which has since been mostly obscured by the recent meltdown.
Those who have much to fear from justice are rarely eager to see its purifying waters roll down.
For those whose life has simply grown unlivable, help is in order.
What we need now is a serious incentive to pollute less.
If such a spasm of thriftiness deprives America of the power to destroy any target on Earth, the whole world will rest easier.
In the end, some empires are defeated militarily, while others just sort of whimper away in decay.