Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — May 20, 2010

Optimism No. 1 A 16-year-old Australian teenager, Jessica Watson, just finished sailing around the world alone, the youngest ever to do so. The trip took seven months. Her sailboat was 34 feet long—and pink. According to news reports last October when she started out, “She smiled and waved to scores of well-wishers on land and […]

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher

Deep doo-doo Problems, problems everywhere. • The oil spill in the Gulf may be coming under control, but the damage is tremendous. BP, the oil company that owns the rig (and the problem), may end up broke. Maybe better them than all the people depending on the Gulf for food and a living. • The […]

Main Street with Roger Allen, publisher

Don’t drill, baby! All of a sudden, off-shore drilling for oil doesn’t seem to be such a good idea. The Louisiana disaster gave us a taste of consequences. (Even a taste is too much. I never tasted crude oil-contaminated shrimp and oysters, but I already know I don’t like them.) Heaven No. 1 A pastor […]

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher

Problem solving?—We hope Congress finally got through the health insurance issue; now it’s regulation of the financial industry. Can you believe what some of those guys did?—selling bad mortgages likely to default, and then making big bucks by betting they WILL default? It was SO easy for regular people to get mortgages they really couldn’t […]

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher

Poetry Month My grandpa, Wellington Clay, was the poet in the family. He was no Walt Whitman, but he w as all we had. His poetry depended upon light humor, sentimental sentiments, and Americana. He wrote this one in about 1934: I know a little maiden With shapely form divine, All dressed in latest fashion […]