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 […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Truth The side with the most arrows and the best horses wins the war. Nope, wrong century. New truth: The side with the most guns wins the war. Better truth: being smart about resolving conflict can avoid the gun solution. The gun solution seems to feed on itself and, more often than not, leads to […]

MAIN STREET — by Roger Allen, publisher

Too many? Although Western societies and China have cut back the average number of children per couple, other parts of the world overflow with babies. The growth of world population is astounding. In 10,000 B.C. there were about one million of us. By 1900 we were up to one-and-a-half billion. Then, at year 2000, our […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Another brilliant idea Tourism is a big money-maker. Locally, we draw in a few tourists with the Red Flannel Festival, Start of Summer, Harvest Festival and miscellaneous other special events. Wildly creative promotion could bring us tourists by the truckload. Since nobody actually wears red flannels anymore, how about a Lingerie Festival? I’m envisioning models […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

North Korea, Syria and Iran represent a few more wars our country could stay out of. If you’re in favor of war, skip down to the jokes. My own low approval of war comes from a long life that goes back so far that for most people it’s only “history.” My military service was spent […]