Tag Archives: Idle American

SAY WHAT? CURSIVE BACK?

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury The news that cursive handwriting is returning to elementary school curricula is being roundly applauded, perhaps equal to ovations that welcomed Dolly back to Broadway. Some of us thought cursive instruction had been “written off” in recent years, replaced by fingers fleeting across tiny keyboards on iPhones, iPads and such. No one is more

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TELLING HEADLINES

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury It was bound to happen, and finally, it did. I overheard the words “artificial intelligence” and “fake news” mentioned in the same sentence. Maybe we need more “real thing” topics.  Coca-Cola sold gazillions of its products with its “real thing” claim years ago. During our youth, we placed great trust in mass media news,

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NOW ISN’T THAT SPECIAL?

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury A commonpractice when decision-makers arrive in Washington, D. C., is to check common sense at the door. There’s daily evidence of “bonehead” decisions that make us wonder about competencies. The other day, President Trump hit replay when citizens came unstuck with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ announcement that the federal government would no longer

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ROBOTS ON THE LOOSE

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury If a union organizer at a convention of robots urges “them” to unite, the rep might learn that “they” already have. Or, so it could appear. So far, robots generally have made us smile, releasing us from performing mundane chores. Now, however, they’re being utilized to “do the dirty work.” I shall opt out

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