LightGrams

Breaking The chain

LightGramsSeptember 22, 2022Volume 26, Number 29 According to Yahoo News, Grace Brassel’s video on TikTok has gone viral, gathering over 2 million views. She tells about being told that her order at Starbucks was free, that someone in front of her had paid for it. Her first reaction was, “How nice!” But then the barista…

The Blind Driver

LightGramsSeptember 1, 2022Volume 26, Number 28 The phrase “Justice is blind” refers to the impartiality of the legal system. Ideally the courts should never look at a person’s ethnicity, gender, economic status, or educational level when making judgments. The judgments should be on the basis of evidence alone. Richard Bernstein is a Justice on the…

The Light Has Gone Out

LightGramsAugust 25, 2022Volume 26, Number 27 A lighthouse served a critical function in years gone by. Ships looking for a safe harbor to enter could be guided safely even in the darkness of night. The keeper of the lighthouse had to be reliable to keep the lamps trimmed and burning, because the lives of the…

Throwing Stones

LightGramsAugust 11, 2022Volume 26, Number 26 About an hour from where I live is an annual event that draws thousands. The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in North Carolina is a celebration of Scottish heritage, and something like an Olympic competition is part of the festivities. For example, men in traditional kilts compete in “turning the…

Helping Provide Power

LightGramsJuly 28, 2022Volume 26, Number 24 The Newport (RI) Folk Festival features something new this year for its music concert: a “bike stage”. Five stationary bicycles are set up close to the stage. Fans take five-minute turns riding the bicycles, which are equipped to generate electricity as they are being pedaled. The amplifiers and speakers…

Failed Guarantees

LightGramsJuly 21, 2022Volume 26, Number 23 Kent Slaughter is angry at Bass Pro Shops. Over the last few years he has purchased several pairs of Redhead socks, advertised as “the last socks you’ll ever need”. Each pair came with a lifetime warranty that said Bass Pro would exchange worn-out socks with a new pair at…

She Won $45,000!

LightGramsJuly 14, 2022Volume 26, Number 22 A recent headline in our local news was sure to grab the attention of many: A woman had won a $45,000 jackpot at a newly-opened casino in our area. That news, I have no doubt, prompted many to plan a trip to the casino. Maybe they could win $45,000…

Skipping Out

LightGramsMay 20, 2021Volume 25, Number 19 Joshua Potvin did what many of have considered doing. The former Chief of Police of Fryeburg, Maine did not want to be in the February meeting of the Board of Selectmen, so he devised a scheme to dash out. He texted one of his officers to call him out…

Trying To Blend In

LightGramsMay 13, 2021Volume 25, Number 18 A woman was arrested on Monday after sneaking onto a high school campus in Miami, Florida. Though she is 28 years old, Audrey Francisquini was doing her best to look like other students there; she wore a backpack and was carrying a skateboard. Authorities with the school system are…

Just Like Clockwork

LightGramsMay 6, 2021Volume 25, Number 17 Any day now things should get noisier here where I live. It won’t be just in my community, but large sections of the U.S. will notice an evening chorus that cannot be missed. Brood X of cicadas will begin emerging from the soil as temperatures warm. This particular brood…