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Katy Burns

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: A perfect April day, and then . . .

Sunday, April 21, 2013

There are so many people without legs. – Boston Marathon runner Roupien Bastajian, a Rhode Island state trooper who helped aid victims of Monday’s savage bombing on Boylston Street. This is something I’ve never seen in my 25 years here . . . this amount of carnage in …

Katy Burns: The season of tiny bulbs has arrived

Sunday, April 14, 2013

First, it was the light. Sometime toward end of March, the light coming through the windows changed. It was brighter, its rays reached further into the house. Where – oh, no! – they nicely caught all the little dust motes in the air that had spent the winter …

In North Korea, clueless and malevolent aliens

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Back in the last century, my husband and I couldn’t resist the sitcom Third Rock from the Sun, which chronicled the misadventures of the Solomon family in small-town Ohio. The very broad joke underlying the show was that the Solomons – Tom, Dick, Harry and Sally – were …

Katy Burns: Do we really want to do it again? (After all, Iraq went so well)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

If you listen carefully, there are always drumbeats of war – sometimes loud, sometimes soft – in this country’s governing corridors. Not too long ago it was over Libya, and President Obama was excoriated by some conservative opponents …

Katy Burns: Habemus Papam Franciscum

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The new Roman Catholic pope, Francis, is said to be humble. Not into ostentatious living. In Argentina he routinely took the bus rather than a limousine. Abandoned the archbishop’s mansion for a humble flat. Cooked his own dinner. So maybe he’ll ditch those custom-made red leather shoes favored …

Katy Burns: A high-stakes gamble

Sunday, March 3, 2013

We’ve had an interesting run of governors in recent years. After three terms of cautious and centrist Jeanne Shaheen, voters took a gamble and elected self-described “loose cannon” Craig Benson. He lasted only two years before voters dumped …

Katy Burns: Norwegian wood! (Isn’t it good?)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Consider our national worry list these days. Congress in gridlock and up against yet another self-inflicted financial crisis that will plunge the nation back into recession? Check. Climate change catastrophes – from rising seas to roaring storms and devastating droughts – threatening to change life in these United …

Katy Burns: Deliciously dramatic Downton

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pretty much the whole Crawley household is about to decamp for a shooting holiday trip to the wilds of Scotland. We suspect all will not go well. When a shooting party is scheduled on a soap opera – even as snooty and high-toned a soap as Downton Abbey …

Katy Burns: NRA enemies list: Now you see it, now you don’t

Monday, February 11, 2013

The NRA just can’t seem to stop shooting itself in the foot these days. Figuratively, that is, although one can wonder when it might just become literal with all the firearms sloshing around the country and, most likely, NRA headquarters these days. Last week I had a good …

Katy Burns: Enemies galore!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

My normally unflappable sister Della was shocked, SHOCKED. “You may already have seen the NRA’s recent enemy’s list,” she emailed her siblings. “I know I have. And I don’t know what’s more shocking – that the list exists at all or that Britney Spears is identified as a …

Katy Burns: A penny here, a penny there

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Oh, Canada! Whatever have you done? And no, I don’t mean your bequeathing us the incomparable Justin Bieber, generous an act though that was. I mean your penny. Getting rid of it, that is. You dumped the penny! Not only did you stop making the little coin last …

Katy Burns: From Obama, hope and change

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Barack Obama – that is, President Obama, both for the past four years and, now, for the next four – sent the unhappy warriors at Fox News into paroxysms of despairing outrage over his inauguration speech. And perhaps none was more indignant than some guy named Peter Johnson …