When an Indian-born man I knew a couple of decades ago expressed an intense dislike for Mohandas Gandhi, I found it a bit surprising. Wasn’t the “Great Soul,” that quintessential 20th-century icon, India’s George Washington?

Recently, a friend of mine, an antiquarian book dealer, bought a box of early 19th century pamphlets at a book auction, among which was an 1828 catalogue of Dartmouth College. I had an opportunity to examine this fragile 24-page catalogue and was quite intrigued by the Course of Study students were required to take in those days.

Ralph Reiland"The rich can pay for it all. That is Obama's tax policy."

That was the morning-after analysis last Thursday by Clive Crook of the "deficit-reduction" speech that President Obama delivered a day earlier.

Chip WoodI don’t know when I have ever seen a bigger bunch of lies, distortions, and deliberate misstatements by our national media than in the so-called budget debate that’s been taking place in Washington, D.C.

Those of us — of Tom Brokaw’s greatest generation — who attended the public schools in the 1930s and '40s remember our classrooms as quite barren, immaculately clean, quiet and orderly. There was a portrait of George Washington on the wall, and cursive letters were on a printed strip across the top of the blackboard. That was it. No fancy posters.