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Welcome to the
Winter 2016 issue of Word Worth®
Religious Freedom and Cults
by Anna Seymour; our Column is Snow in Moderate Climates
by Marien Helz. In the Arts section, we have the poem
Snow-Bound —rediscovering John Greenleaf Whittier.
Enjoy the issue!
Editorial — Bathroom Laws
Worth® has never been interested in the
transgender question and hasn’t written about it. Then
here come the bathroom legislators forcing us to. Wow!
What a hang-up! All a rapist or pedophile has to do in
bathroom law states now is claim that he was born a
woman and has to use the women’s bathroom. Way to go!
bringing the wolves into the lambs’ fold.
Column — Discipline or Bullying
The sadism on the part of the
principal and her assistant is shockingly abhorrent.
Again and again, they torment the five-year-old telling
him that he’s getting a spanking as they bring out a
huge wood paddle, and the traumatized child screams
begging them not to spank him and crying to his helpless
mother to stop them. He puts his tiny hand behind him
trying to block the paddle from his backside.
Aurelia on Banjo
Editorial — If You Want to Make the World Better
EFFORT with an arrogant, self-pitying “oh,
poor me, I feel so bad about the people killed, I am the
only one affected by this, I get to lash out and call
people idiots” is to wallow in self aggrandizement
at the expense of doing the tedious job of actually
changing the world for the better. It’s to accept that
it’s okay that 20 little children were brutally murdered
in their classroom.
Column — Driving Jeffrey
“HORSES! DON’T! BRUSH!
(1757-1827) can be considered the first
in his writing about social injustices existing in his
chronicles the plight of boys whose families couldn’t
mentions chimney sweepers, but decries more the plight
of abandoned girls whose horrid fate is prostitution.
Although we consider
these to be sad social conditions existing only
centuries ago, the article below these poems show that
concerns need to be echoed today.
Fall 2016 issue
— 20/20 Hindsight
been a glut of Monday morning quarter-backing the 2016
election. The worst thing is that Clinton won
indisputably. One clear mistake that we see, however, is
celebrating the first woman president—even if she came
to occupy that office. If all we need is a woman
president, Sarah Palin and Carly Fiorina—two of the most
intellectually challenged people in the country—will be
glad to step up.
Whatever Happened to “Thank You”?
The substitutes for the term “Thank You” that are taking
over, just won’t do.
Ezra Pound is said to have advised that if a poet is
going to rhyme, they have to rhyme better than Pope, and
since no one can do that, they mustn't rhyme.
In fact, poets can rhyme
if they follow the instructions of Pope in Essay on
Criticism from which the selection below is taken.
Rhymes must never be expected, obvious, labored,
strained, boring, or simplistic. If someone is not going
to bother doing the work to make a rhyme perfect, they
are a versifier, not a poet.