MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

photo by TOM SCOTT

FYI: playing possum We all know possums pretend to be dead to avoid being eaten by bigger animals. Farm folks know that if you lay a chicken on the ground and draw a line in the dirt away from its beak, it will lie there for a while. There has been scientific study of this […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Paper or plastic? We’re faced with this question 28 billion times a year in the U.S. It started in 1883 when Charles Stilwell invented a machine to make the “SOS” (Self Opening Sack) bag. Before that they were made by hand with v-shapes. The SOS was successful but boomed with the birth of supermarkets in […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Big bucks The one with the most money almost always wins. That statement isn’t only about the third world. Unfortunately, it’s increasingly true of America. It takes big bucks to run for office (staff, travel, advertising, etc.) and elections have become battles for the bucks. It isn’t the small contributors that are worrisome. That’s the […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Wisdom from Winston Sir Winston Churchill is almost as quotable as his fellow Brit William Shakespeare. An example from Churchill: “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” Currently, Egypt is trying to put that idea to the test. Countless lives were lost […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Computer vs. publisher: Publisher wins Last week’s column was a first draft. Sorry about that. My new Macintosh laptop sent it off to the paper without asking me. I’ve disciplined the Mac. We hope it now knows who’s boss. Following is the intended column, a week late. Not a lot is different. However, if you […]