Although commonly called “Presidents Day,” the third Monday in February is a federal holiday intended to mark President George Washington’s birthday.
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There’s a bill currently under consideration in the Arkansas Legislature’s House committee on State Agencies and Public Affairs: HB 1229, An Act to Create the Arkansas Military Heritage Protection Act; and for Other Purposes.
Although it is difficult to know exactly how many veterans commit suicide annually, it is clearly too many; of that there is no doubt.
In February, we expect to see decorations, candy boxes and greeting cards adorned with red or pink hearts as Valentine’s Day approaches, and we are reminded to think of love and commercialism.
In 1964, the Surgeon General published its first report on smoking and health.
John Adams held dear the belief that our nation should possess “a government of laws and not of men.” Mr. Adams shared Aristotle’s belief that “law should govern,” and wrote that “it is the duty of the people, therefore, in framing a constitution of government, to provide for an equitable mode of making laws, as well as for an impartial interpretation and a faithful execution of them; that every man may, at all times, find his security in them.”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Isn’t it?
As World AIDS day approaches, we are reminded that the pace of new infections remains too high, and although treatments have made living with the disease easier, there still is no cure for AIDS or the HIV that causes it.
For what shall we give thanks? The world is full of people whose lot is so sad and wanting that we might give thanks for just not being them. We are thankful not to be homeless. We are thankful not to be hungry. We are thankful not to be alone.
The term “legacy” can prove difficult to define, especially if the legacy one is attempting to circumscribe is that of former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. Barry died earlier this week. He was 78.