10 of Charley Reese's best columns
A look back at some of the best of Charley Reese on children and humanity, gun control, Israel, morality, U.S. efforts against Iraq, nuclear weapons and more
February 3, 1984
Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?
August 2, 1985
Next week there will be a lot of hoopla about the 200,000 people who were killed by atomic bombs in 1945. Not much will be said, however, about the 54,980,000 who died by more conventional means in World War II.
August 19, 1985
You might think I don't like network television but that's not true. Network television is a lot better than public television. I would rather watch a good car chase any day than five minutes of the rear end of a sea turtle laying eggs.
December 16, 1985
The Constitution intended that every American have rights and the arms to protect those rights Elitists apparently believe that the Constitution is a means-tested document intended only for the affluent.
January 29, 1986
Coverage from the day space shuttle Challenger exploded: Shuttle missions should go on but without civilian passengers
It is always shocking to see people die, and the shock of seeing the space shuttle Challenger explode and kill seven crew members was a terrible and painful blow. Still, if possible, we must keep even this awful thing in perspective.
December 13, 1990
The propaganda basis of the conspiracy consists of three main parts: (1) to paint Iraqi President Saddam Hussein as an evil, menacing tyrant - a new Hitler; (2) to depict the invasion of Kuwait as totally arbitrary and motivated solely by greed and lust for power; and (3) to claim that Iraqi possession of chemical weapons and, one day, nuclear weapons, represents a threat to the world.
December 11, 1994
My own soul has so much scar tissue I still have a hard time generating sympathy for adult human beings. It's a failure on my part I have to live with. But children remain a lifeline that keeps me human, that keeps a better part of me alive.
March 7, 1995
All 100 percent of the power of the federal government is invested solely in 545 individual human beings. That's all. Of 260 million Americans, only 545 of them wield 100 percent of the power of the federal government.
February 20, 2001
I wouldn't give you two cents for the future of any country that has turned morality upside down so that legitimate businesses now feel called upon to punish the Boy Scouts for the Scouts' high moral standards. I'm sorry to say that my own newspaper is among them.
July 29, 2001
This is my farewell column to readers of the Orlando Sentinel. I'm not very good at this kind of thing. Thanks and goodbye.
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