2007 freshmen make us feel old

Feeling old?This year's crop of 18-year-old college freshmen were born after the end of the Cold War and not long after the fall of Berlin Wall.

To many of the students, Pete Rose has never played professional baseball during their lives. Mass murderer Ted Bundy has always been dead.

One man honors another

Guita receives the medal. White House: Chuck KennedyHIAWATHA, Ia. - LuAnn and I attended the home town parade for Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta. It was a cold evening but something that we just couldn't miss, an Iowa hero. We found a lit up street corner and waited for something unexpected.

King's letter from Birmingham jail

Martin Luther King Jr. in a jail cellLetter from Birmingham City Jail, is an open letter written on April 16, 1963 by civil right leader Martin Luther King Jr. King wrote the letter from the city jail in Birmingham, Ala., after a peaceful protest against segregation. His letter responds to a statement made by eight white Alabama clergymen on April 12, 1963 titled A Call For Unity.

The face of U.S. newspapers

No saleThe Davidson family owned The Daytona Beach News-Journal in Daytona Beach, Florida, when I worked there in the early 1990s. The newspaper's masthead included the name of the editor of the family's defunct afternoon newspaper, the Evening News. The man would come to work every day, go to his office, and close the door behind him. Like everyone else on staff, he presumably was paid a salary; and, as editor of a newspaper -- regardless of whether it existed or not -- he was probably paid more than the reporters and lower-level editors.

A call for unity

A Call For Unity is a letter written on April 12, 1963 by eight white clergymen from Birmingham, Ala. They urged an end to the demonstrations by blacks "directed and led in part by outsiders." They urged blacks to negotiate and use the courts if rights were being denied.

The letter from the clergymen:

We the undersigned clergymen are among those who, in January, issued "an appeal for law and order and common sense," in dealing with racial problems in Alabama. We expressed understanding that honest convictions in racial matters could properly be pursued in the courts, but urged that decisions of those courts should in the meantime be peacefully obeyed.