All posts by Larry Chapman

A retired educator, historian, writer, blogger, teller of tales including the occasional lie, saltwater angler, traveler, political junkie, technology geek, optimist, pessimist, wanna' be chef, and lover of independent thinkers. 2011 recipient of the Professor Irwin Corey Foremost Authority Award and resident curmudgeon of Worley Mill Rd.

What the heck is Wall Drug?

My wife and I were recently in a local steak house and on the wall was a sign that read, “Visit Wall Drug.” There are probably many people today who have no idea what that sign is all about or what Wall Drug is. Back in the 1960s it didn’t seem to matter where one traveled, you ran into “Visit Wall Drug” signs. I even remember seeing one on the side of a double-deck city bus in Continue reading What the heck is Wall Drug?

Who’s middle-class?

I recently read a post on Facebook that read, “the lower and middle classes need to stand up to the government.” The context of the statement was that the rich and powerful were too rich and powerful and affecting too much control on our economic and political systems.

Problem with the statement, to me, is that the lower and middle classes don’t really Continue reading Who’s middle-class?

Penny Rich, Pound Poor

In an earlier post I commented on the boondoggle taking place as a result of the Congressional Republicans refusing to approve funding to continue a significant number of airport renovation projects.  Well, this evening it was announced that a “deal” had been worked out and the 74,000 workers who had been laid off will soon be back at work.

The tragedy is that the entire fight was over Republicans wanting to do away with subsidies to smaller airports amounting to $16 million a year. In doing so the government has been loosing $30 million dollars a day in lost tax revenue and other associated costs. Total unrecoverable revenue losses are in excess of $350 million dollars.

I hope nobody really questions why the American people have such a stunned look on their faces.

Where are those jobs?

All last year we the people heard how the GOP was going to return America to prosperity with the creation of jobs. So, we the people bit the bullet and tossed a bunch of them into Congress. But, eight months later there are not more jobs. The economy is beginning to double tank and here in Highland County, Ohio it was just announced that the unemployment number has increased to over fourteen percent. We are now the fourth most unemployed county in the state. Continue reading Where are those jobs?

Mama Ruby Throat

My daughter recently noticed a female ruby-throated hummingbird fluttering around a branch hanging over our swimming pool. After a long period of observation she finally discovered the reason for the bird’s activity, a very small nest was the focus of Mama Ruby Throat’s attention. Jennie came and borrowed my camera and took a series of wonderful photos. Here’s the one I think is best.

Anti-Sharia Bills Written by Hasidic Lawyer – The Daily Beast

Anti-Sharia Bills Written by Hasidic Lawyer – The Daily Beast.

The threat of Sharia law superseding the US Constitution and over 200 years of constitutional precedent is such a non-issue it’s incredible that any state is giving it serious consideration. Of all the major social, educational, economic, and political issues facing every level of government in America, why are legislatures giving this the light of day?

My only conclusion is, it is fear driven legislation whose purpose is purely for political posturing.

Restaurant Reviews Welcome!

If you’ve followed my writings over the years you know I am always in search of a good place to eat. Recently my wife and I have been enjoying EAT in Hillsboro. Right next door is a place called Vickie’s Home Cooking which someone reported to have, “the world’s best onion rings.” Well, that’s quite a claim but if you’ve eaten at Vickie’s and would like to comment on your experience, please do.  Continue reading Restaurant Reviews Welcome!

Same Growing Collection of Stories – Different Format!

As of July 31, 2011 the original CGS site has been made into a permanent archive while we continue into the future using the more contemporary WordPress format. The original CGS may be viewed by simply clicking on the provided link in the right hand column.

All who have contributed to this site thank you for your past support and hope you will both continue supporting our efforts and enriching it with your comments and, better yet, submitting your own writings.

Random Thought, 7/30/11

In 1999 the US had a budget surplus and it was predicted that by 2009 we’d be debt free for the first time since Andrew Jackson’s administration. Well, after two terms of “W”, two major military engagements, several unfunded tax cuts, and Medicare Part B (unfunded entitlement expansion) we find ourselves on the brink of economic collapse. If that doesn’t deserve a WTF, nothing does!