Perhaps our Irish friends should not so completely turn their backs on their historical dishes, no matter how many jokes they might have to endure.
It is impossible to exaggerate the wide, and widening, gulf between the American attitude on the Iraq war and the view from our friends across the Atlantic.
Whatever its other limitations, the Big Apple and those who live there make room for their dogs and cats, take good care of them and abide by the rules made necessary by a huge population.
In matters large and small, many people seemed concerned about churlishness, an ugliness in our relationships that appears to be increasing rather than decreasing.
One of the pleasant duties of America's most famous announcers during the relatively short swing era of the big bands was to host late-night remotes from some of the most famous ballrooms throughout the country.
Respect and affection for animals, particularly those who share our homes, recognize no geographic borders.
Those who actually hate animals to the point of being cruel to them are outcasts to the rest of us, no matter where in the world they live.
As I listened, it occurred to me that interest in and affection for the animals that share the planet with us may be a more unifying force than any other.
Our actions in the Middle East over the last 15 years have already guaranteed radical Muslims quite enough ammunition to kill Americans for the next century, even if Guantanamo did not exist.
Conventional wisdom holds that setting a timetable for getting American troops out of Iraq would be a mistake.
Currently, 94 out of 100 of us pay the Social Security tax all year round.
For some reason, on that sparkling afternoon last week, I actually saw the coal that was passing by and it set me to thinking how important coal was to our everyday lives when I was a little boy.
It is statesmanlike for the administration and Congress to look to our nation's welfare beyond their terms in office.
In my opinion, the president is right to address future funding, even though Social Security will show a surplus through 2018 and will not run out of funds until 2042.