Thomas SowellWhen I mention that my family used kerosene lamps when I was a small child in the South during the 1930s, that is usually taken as a sign of our poverty, though I never thought of us as poor at the time.

February 2011 will mark the 82nd year since the publication of Dr. Samuel T. Orton’s critical article in the February 1929 issue of the Journal of Educational Psychology. Its title was “The ‘Sight-Reading’ Method of Teaching Reading as a Source of Reading Disability.”

With poll numbers showing his approval rating at an anemic 25 percent among Connecticut voters, U. S. Senator Joe Lieberman insisted it was not the fear of losing a bid for a fifth term that caused him to announce last week that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012.

Ralph Reiland“On any given day in the United States, the number of people with severe mental illness in prisons is estimated to be three times higher than the number in hospitals, according to a new report from the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs’ Association,” reported Seena Fazel recently in the Wall Street Journal (“The Line Between Madness and Mayhem,” January 15-16).

I picked up this little book the other day in a discount bookstore.  Intrigued by the title, God Is a Salesman, I started thumbing through it and came across this thought-provoking passage: