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Katy Burns: Let us all praise Lyndon Baines Johnson! Really.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A number of years ago I had a drink with an old friend. We’d first met as very young reporters and hit it off immediately, sharing a fascination with politics as well as a great curiosity about people and life in general. Our conversation turned to the subject of Lyndon Baines Johnson, by then well out of office, and I was going on about the then-discredited former president and “his” …

Katy Burns: Is America overregulated? Hardly!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

So Scott Brown – the erstwhile Massachusetts senator who recently took it into his head that the scenery in New Hampshire is so much more attractive than that in the Bay State – is finally ending his elaborate political tease. He wants back in the U.S. Senate – but this time to represent …

Katy Burns: Hey, single ladies! Get hitched!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Republicans have lately been stewing about their problem with the ladies. That is, the fact that they really, really aren’t popular with women. Look at the results of the last presidential election. The Democratic ticket got a healthy 11 percent more of the female vote than did the Republican. Now, some say this might have to do with the Republican Party’s stance on …

Katy Burns: So, snow: Go!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

I know there must be white snowdrops blooming by the fence along the front walk. But I can’t see the charming little bulbs that celebrate spring because they are still buried under what must be about 2 feet of the frozen white stuff that gives them their name. …

Katy Burns: Doonesbury is fading into the sunset. I’ll miss it.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Adieu, Mike, BD and Joanie. Farewell, Zonker and Zipper. Good luck with your pot farming career. And Alex and Toggle? Congrats on those brand new twins, even if they do cry a lot. We will miss you all. …

Katy Burns: Where’s the outrage in the GOP?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Some years ago, ’70s-era rocker Ted Nugent reinvented himself as a professional rhetorical bomb-thrower on behalf of right-wing causes, especially gun supremacy. He mostly blathered on the fringes, unnoticed by mainstream media but embraced by a collection of Republican candidates and conservative media figures. Then he went into …

Katy Burns: Entitled Nation

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Of course state legislators should raise the gas tax. The tax was last increased in 1991 – 23 years ago. Since then, construction materials for road and bridge repair and maintenance have increased several times over. The existing tax brings in proportionately less than it did then as …

Katy Burns: Whither the weather?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

It was Wednesday night, and my sister was hunkered down in her house in Charlotte, N.C. She had food, drink, books, DVDs and her laptop. Should the power go out, she was ready with plenty of warm blankets, firewood cadged from a neighbor, candles, flashlights and one furry …

Katy Burns: Memo to Scott Brown: Get serious!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dear Scott Brown, late of Massachusetts and now of New Hampshire: Here’s a bit of advice from one of your many new Granite State neighbors. Please, get serious. Run for the Senate. Or stop the prolonged tease you’ve been subjecting your party and your potential rivals to. Not …

Katy Burns: Puppies! Kittens! Who can resist?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Some years ago we were out for a ride in the country when we clicked on NPR. And there was an interview, clearly in progress, with a guy who was recounting, with great good humor, his failed attempt in the mid-1990s to launch what he thought would be …

Katy Burns: Enough Trumpery!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Stunt casting – when producers of a television show cast a celebrity in an episode for a one-time ratings boost – is often the surest sign that a once-great series has about run its course. Think of the …

Katy Burns: Governors behaving badly

Saturday, January 25, 2014

When I first started reading about Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, I had one thought: We’ve really gotta get new friends! This was last year. Bob was the governor of Virginia, and word started trickling out of …

Katy Burns: The wrinklies are coming!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

No time to waste! Only 1,023 days until Election Day, 2016! At least so we’re told by the election clock on, yet another wondrous site cluttering cyberspace. Who even knew such a site existed? Cyberspace is truly …

Katy Burns: Glorious gadgets – how smart! Now, to figure out how to use them

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Every January all the really with-it people turn their eyes to the international Consumer Electronics Show (henceforth known as the CES), held with great fanfare in Las Vegas. So of course I stopped in. Figuratively, that is. My …

Katy Burns: Farewell, Billy Jack; a primary player exits the scene

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Billy Jack is dead. Well, more formally Tom Laughlin – the actor, filmmaker, writer and political activist who most memorably created “Billy Jack” and starred in four films featuring the character – died last month in California. In …