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Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015

Ross Rambles: Continuing the shameful legacy (04/17/15)
In last week's column, "What discrimination can we accept?", I expressed understanding of the libertarian purist position that government requiring individuals and private entities to not discriminate is as unacceptable as requiring that they do discriminate, but I did not actually agree with that position...
At The Library (04/15/15)
As you know, the library is for everyone. It has certainly come a long way from the days-of-libraries-past whereby librarians in ground-gripper shoes and tweedy ensembles would look at us over their half-glasses and hush us with "shhh...shhh...shhh..." We did not dare make any sounds other than the rustle of pages and the unable-to-suppress sneeze. Days gone by for all that!...
What do Sunflowers, Cows and Jeans have in Common? (04/13/15)
I came across this amusing question while looking through a Junior Master Gardener manual. Did you guess the answer? Soil. Sunflowers grow in soil, where they receive nutrients, water and support. Cows feed on plants that grow in soil and jeans are made from fibers that got their start in soil. We probably don't spend much time thinking about the fact that many of the clothes we wear wouldn't exist without soil, but as gardeners we do need to spend time thinking about the health of our soils...
Ross Rambles: What discrimination can we accept? (04/10/15)
Whenever an organization restricts a gathering to only like-minded people for the purpose of holding a religious observance or conducting political activity, whenever a sporting event is restricted to same-sex or same-age participants, whenever a gathering is restricted to only adults, whenever a customer is charged less for a service or product because the customer is under a certain age or over a certain age, such a practice is technically discrimination. ...
Library News (04/08/15)
There are times when I am not a fan of computers and what they have done to society, but I have to admit I could not get along without them now. There are certainly some advantages like having the opportunity to "chat" with colleagues without spending time on the phone...
Ross Rambles: Going beyond Orwell's vision (04/03/15)
My last column,entitled "Our policy can be defined as insane," stated, in part, "The Obama administration is certainly not alone in making absurdly delusional conclusions about the Middle East. George W. Bush (the second President Bush) told us that we needed to overthrow Saddam Hussein because he had weapons of mass destruction, that the war would be won quickly, that the people would welcome us as liberators and that the war would be paid for with oil revenues."...
At The Library (04/01/15)
First, let me thank everyone for all of the very generous donations for our arts and crafts programs we held over the spring break in the children's library. Everyone was so kind to bring in their buttons, batting, fabric, ribbon, yarn and socks' lots and lots of socks!! We had such fun making sock puppets and inventing scenarios and stories about them. ...
Ross Rambles: Our policy can be defined as insane (03/27/15)
In 2011, President Barack Obama all but declared victory in Iraq, "Today, I can announce that our review is complete, and that the United States will pursue a new strategy to end the war in Iraq through a transition to full Iraqi responsibility. This strategy is grounded in a clear and achievable goal shared by the Iraqi people and the American people: an Iraq that is sovereign, stable, and self-reliant."...
Library News (03/25/15)
I have not done much reading lately. Too many other things on my plate. But I have been listening to what's being buzzed about at the READit Book Discussion group that meets each Thursday at the Cherokee Public Library. The following books have been talked about more than once in the last several weeks:...