Jun 23, 2018

TKAM on The Cover of The Sunday NY Times Book Review

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” widely considered to be one of the best American novels ever written — and certainly one of the most widely read — has been on the national conscience lately. There was the long-delayed publication of the novel’s “companion” volume, “Go Set a Watchman,” in 2015, and the subsequent controversy. Lee’s death in 2016. The disputes over the estate. And coming later this year, a Broadway play based on the novel, also the subject of dispute. We thought it fitting to reexamine the book on our pages, which two new nonfiction works also make timely. On our cover, the novelist, essayist and critic Roxane Gay reviews “Why ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Matters,” by Tom Santopietro, and Howell Raines, a former executive editor of The Times, reviews Joseph Crespino’s “Atticus Finch: The Biography.” We’ve also reprinted our original 1960 review of the novel (it was a rave) for the occasion."
                                                                                                               The New York Times

Jun 21, 2018

Immigration--a century ago

     My mostly Irish ancestors immigrated to the U.S.---to New York in the last 1800's. They lived in crowded tenement apartments.

      On CBS Sunday Morning, reporter Martha Teichner will have a report on a tenement museum on the city's Lower East Side that you might enjoy.

8:00 AM this Sunday ( June 24) on CBS 8 in Montgomery.


Food on The Table

Three takes on the Farm Bill approved by the U.S. House today:

From a Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL)  news release:
"Increases funding to $60 million per year for the Emergency Food Assistance Program, with $20 million to be used for the Farm-to-Food Bank program providing inexpensive food for low-income families..."

From a Rep Terri Sewell D-AL) news release:

"The bill cuts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $23 billion, underfunds the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, adds costs to rural development loans, and eliminates the Conservation Stewardship Program, among other provisions."

and From a Rep, Martha Roby R-AL) news release: 

"This farm bill addresses many of the challenges farmers face daily, and that’s why I was proud to cast my vote in favor of the legislation today.”

Makes you wonder if they actually voted on the same bill. 
Whatever the case, it heads to the U.S. Senate next.

Happy Summer of 2018!


Media: Which is More Inaccurate: Social Media or Traditional Media?

Read the full report HERE.

Jun 20, 2018

Language Sins

     Even in nationally produced commercials, poor English abounds. 
     No shortage of "there's" with a plural object...as in "There's a lot of cars to choose from"...and this TV commercial for a car wax in which the actor says: 

"this car is literally my baby" 

I don't think so, fella. But if it is, I want the exclusive interview.

Then here's the as vs like error that's hard to miss...

"Like I was saying" should be "As I was saying"

And mistakes involving the difference between fewer and less.

I need to let all of this go. Nobody seems to care. Just old people, and sometimes not even them!