Category: General Commentary

Opinions, Commentaries and Editorials by Wayne Engle

Our nappy-headed stepchild

Imagine a very large, extended family — brothers, sisters, cousins, children and grandchildren. Some have done well in life; some haven’t been as successful. But most of them at least muddle through life, more or less on their own. Then…

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Love in the second degree

(Note to readers: This short story, which I wrote in 1996, contains some mildly erotic passages. If such writing is likely to offend you, perhaps you might want to read some of my other writing on this website, instead. Don’t…

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Let’s send them ALL a message!

Scott Brown’s stunning upset of Martha Coakley in Tuesday’s Massachusetts special senatorial election has everyone buzzing. Ted Kennedy’s seat (as some thought of it) going to a Republican, for the first time in 58 years?! In ultra-liberal, sky-blue Massachusetts?! It’s…

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The racial “third rail”

Poor Harry Reid! Now he knows how Trent Lott felt. And George Allen. And Don Imus. And Earl Butz. And a bunch of other white politicians or celebrities who were incautious enough to say something that the mainstream media and…

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Profile the likely bombers!

The infamous “shoe bomber” has now been joined in U.S. history by the “crotch bomber.” How many more lucky, narrow escapes can we expect before these lunatic Muslims blow up an American airliner with hundreds of people aboard? Yes, I…

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Christmas Eve: Brenda sees the light

No calls or radio traffic on Christmas Eve. For radio dispatcher Brenda Fontanot, sitting alone at the console in the Elias County Sheriff’s Department, that was just fine. Hey, she thought, no calls, no traffic, means no domestic trouble, nobody…

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Tiger’s embarrassing “tail”

And so Tiger Woods, allegedly the greatest golfer who ever lived (that’s debatable, but it’s what the press tells us, and would the press lie to us?) withdraws from the professional links and his public life to try to recover…

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“The Great Pignie”

His friends sent Clarence “The Great Pignie” Stephenson to his heavenly reward today with fond remembrances, many laughs, and a plethora of “Pignie stories.” One of the most unusual Madisonians of our lifetime, who lived his life in his own…

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Barack the Peacemaker?

Barack Obama’s being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize reminds me in a way of the boxing matches TV used to show, which often featured play-by-play from Howard Cosell — the well-known “Humble Howard,” who of course wasn’t. The fighters would…

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Poetry and Polanski

Old Corporal is in his poetic mode again tonight, so hang onto your hats! Here we go: “Grass” Grass is green and clean and keen, But when I had to mow it, in My salad days, that brought An angry,…

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“No Kids”?! No way!

Corinne Maier thinks life can be so nice, so fulfilling, for people if they’d just stop having children. Say what?! Yes, Ms. Maier is doing a round of TV appearances to promote her book, “No Kids — 40 Good Reasons…

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Rhyming and roofing

How would you all like to read an original poem by Old Corporal? Well, I don’t care — you’re going to read it anyway! Seriously, poetry isn’t usually my cup of tea. I’m reminded of a letter that the poet…

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Stop persecuting Pete!

Pete Rose, one of baseball’s all-time greatest players, has been locked in what he calls “a prison without bars” for 20 years now, because major league baseball was once so scared by a World Series sell-out scheme that it went…

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Open mouth, insert foot …

The Mulatto Messiah is known for his oh-so smooth and articulate style of delivery. But on Wednesday, he took a topic he didn’t even need to comment on, and managed to blow it up into a big controversy, just when…

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Free Uncle Remus!

Mention “Song of the South” and many younger Americans will assume you’re talking about that Southern rock song by the group Alabama. But those of us who are a little longer in the tooth know better. “Song of the South”…

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Torture? Sometimes it’s appropriate

“Torture doesn’t work!” That was the mantra chanted over and over again during last year’s presidential election by those supporting Barack Obama, and vilifying George W. Bush for allegedly approving treatment of captured terrorists that would put Attila the Hun…

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Gone Fishin’

No Corporal’s Corner for the coming week — I’m “goin’ fishin’”, so to speak. Been getting some of those “Wayne’s on the outside looking in” blues again, with doubts about whether anyone’s actually reading this weekly rant. So I’m going…

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Tea Party

Tea Party I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. — Winston Churchill If someone had invited you…

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Madison’s Birthday

Madison’s Birthday We all have birthdays once a year. Cities do, too. But seldom is notice taken of municipal birthdays, unless they’re especially notable. Like an observance of two centuries of existence. None of us humans will celebrate 200 years…

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The Boys in Blue

The Boys in Blue “The Boys in Blue” couldn’t get a break in America this past week.  One week ago today three policemen were killed and a fourth left critically wounded and brain-dead by a sub-human thug named Lovelle Mixon…

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Abbey Road

Abbey Road The Beatles, the greatest rock band in history, began recording their swan song, “Abbey Road,” almost exactly 40 years ago this month. Any of you who reply, “So what?” obviously didn’t live through the Beatles era like I…

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What Next!

What Next! Wonder what else could go wrong for us here in dear old Madison, IN? Factories closing or laying people off; the local hospital announcing a move to a costly new hilltop facility that will devastate the downtown —…

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