Reid Collins

Reid Collins is a former CBS and CNN news correspondent.

Hard Lesson

 

School officials had best get ready: the lesson of the Connecticut mass shootings in a grade school is about to come home to hundreds of such institutions across the United States. A random sampling of school parents in my area of suburban Washington shows no concept of what it takes for a stranger to enter […]

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Autumn Leaves

 

Time was the Eastern Seaboard of the United States would disappear this time of year. Palls of gray smoke enveloped the countryside as residents burned the tons of leaves produced by deciduous trees. Some packed them into compost heaps and in fact some still do, but most raked them into heaps in the street or […]

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Headline of the Day

 

Editors: Looking for a headline for these past few days? How about one from the past: “A R F!” says Sandy.

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God Forbid: A Derecho!!

 

Just so we all (a million or more) know — that was no ordinary thunderstorm last Friday night. It was a “derecho” — a meteorologist’s fancy word for a line of storms. Fast-moving and violent, a line more than 240 miles long with gusts of 60 mph or more. By all accounts, more than a […]

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Osceola Who?

 

A recent edition of the TV quiz Jeopardy offered the question of who an Indian named Osceola might have been. One contestant suggested “Cree[k]” and two declared “Seminole.” Those two were declared correct by the ceremony master, Alex Trebek. I felt sorry for the person who suggested “Cree,” because Osceola was indeed a Creek Indian, […]

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Touchy-Feely Football

 

So, America is just discovering a truth about its favorite spectator sport — football! NFL football, the professional kind, where a team’s slogan might well be: “We Aim To Lame!” Semi-documented so far is the habit of paying players bonuses for injuries inflicted on opposing players sufficient to “put them out of the game.” One […]

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Guess What, Grandpa?!!

 

It was the voice of my grandson. Speaking in his usual manner, apologizing for sounding so nervous, but explaining that he was on a brief vacation in Panama and had wrecked a rental car and was under arrest in Panama City. He needed help and would repay whatever was involved. A male companion had been […]

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Important to Decide

 

Years ago, when I was a boy, there was a small airfield on the west side of town where you could take flying lessons for about 7-dollars an hour. There were Piper Cubs and Aroncas and a lot of us youngsters paid the small sums to learn to fly, courtesy of paper routes and lawn […]

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Russia to the Rescue?

 

As the United States retreats from its space efforts, its partner in the latest project has been forced to appeal to Moscow for help. The European Space Agency has formally asked Russia if it would like to take part in the exploration of Mars, lest the withdrawal of the United States as a European partner […]

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Useless in a Real Emergency

 

The earthquake that shook the East yesterday also taught a terrible lesson. The item most people would rely upon in an emergency doesn’t work! The cell phones were out post-quake yesterday from Richmond to New York and stayed that way for hours. Many who couldn’t call managed to telex a message or two, but this […]

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