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Benson: The 18th Amendment, prohibition and regulation

January 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

On Jan. 16, 1919, Nebraska’s Legislature voted to ratify the 18th Amendment that prohibited “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors.” Because Nebraska was the 36th state to ratify the amendment, the temperance movement…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Benson: Prince Harry and IceCube

December 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

On Friday the 13th, Prince Harry arrived at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station. The 29-year-old British army helicopter pilot joined his six UK teammates as they gathered around the mirror-like chrome sphere set atop the red and white striped pole…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Benson: Prince Harry and IceCube

December 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

On Friday the 13th, Prince Harry arrived at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station. The 29-year-old British army helicopter pilot joined his six UK teammates as they gathered around the mirror-like chrome sphere set atop the red and white striped pole…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Benson: Literary styles in the English language

September 25, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

“September 30, 1659. I, poor, miserable Robinson Crusoe, being shipwrecked, during a dreadful storm in the offing, came on shore on this dismal unfortunate island, which I called ‘the Island of Despair,’ all the rest of the ship’s company being drowned, and myself almost dead.” Continue Reading

Benson: ‘Gatsby’ dazzling despite plot’s wretchedness

May 22, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

I went to see “The Great Gatsby” last Friday evening. The movie’s star, Leonardo DiCaprio, plays Jay Gatsby, and he gives his usual rounded and splashy performance. Continue Reading

Benson: Mars or bust? Not for this Earthling

April 24, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Mars One announced startling news last week that it would receive applications from those willing to travel to Mars to establish a permanent colony on the Red Planet. A Dutch entrepreneur named Bas Landsdorp heads Mars One, and he hopes to send four astronauts to Mars by 2023, and then another four every two years thereafter. Landsdorp and his associates say, “This is not a hoax.” Continue Reading