Back in 1975, Tom T. Hall sang, “I like beer, it makes me a jolly good fellow. I like beer, it helps me unwind and makes me feel mellow. Whiskey’s too rough, Champagne costs too much, vodka puts my mouth in gear. This little refrain should help me explain, as a matter of fact I like beer.”

When I was a wee lad, my father taught me a new phrase: “planned obsolescence.” I had asked him, “Why don’t cars last forever?” Maybe I saw an old grandfather clock, or some other timeworn item, and wondered why they seemed to last forever, while cars had to be replaced every few years.

Kenny Rogers just turned 80. For more than 50 years, he was a consistent hit maker and a popular concert draw, from the large arenas to the small clubs. He retired from performing recently, saying his mobility isn’t what it once was. At his farewell concert in Nashville last year he was acco…

It’s a well-known story: A newspaper sent out a writing prompt to famous authors, asking them to respond to this question: “What is wrong with the world today?” G.K. Chesterton, one of the premier writers of his time, simply replied: “Dear Sir, I am.”

Earlier this month, we celebrated Labor Day, which is a fitting time to look back on the historic growth that has benefited America’s labor force over the last year, as well as an opportunity to look at how we can improve the workplace for American workers.

I write about the state of the news media from time to time, at least from my point of view. In case you haven’t noticed, my profession ranks somewhere around telemarketers and meth dealers in public trust surveys.