Larry Wines: Shut the government down. Do it. Throw your temper-tantrum, shake your baby rattle, have another drink, crawl back into your tanning booth, and cry yourself to sleep because you can’t give your extremist teabagger absolutists their way about everything.
Larry Wines: Republicans will do nothing that does not feature cutting or eliminating taxes for the very wealthy, and/or deregulating everything so their rich sponsors can run roughshod over the physical, economic, cultural, and environmental landscapes. No stewardship, no concern for the future, just exclusive emphasis on short-term profit-taking.
Larry Wines: Despite the events of our time and how we feel about each of them, it remains important, even vital, that we take a day to honor our veterans for putting aside their own lives and entering an environment where personal desires, goals and ambitions are in second-place — often, a distant second-place — to the needs and requirements of military service.
Larry Wines: How many more of our people, known and unknown, with talents proven or promised, must we lose because we don’t believe in treating injured, hurting, suffering people, and because we play games with what ailments are acceptable to our sensibilities, and which ones make the sufferer a pariah?