John McCaslin

"I'm sure the USS JOHN WARNER will display the same fighting spirit in years to come that we've seen from John during his long and illustrious career," Mr. Kennedy says.

HELLO DOLLY

Dolly Parton isn't eyeing the post of education secretary, but perhaps she should.

The singer and philanthropist created a free book distribution program about a dozen years ago in which every child in her home of Sevier County, Tenn., received a free book until the age of 5.

"We started out to help the high school dropout rate, and we did, too. In fact, we were able to change it from over 30 percent to less than 6 percent in about five years," she noted.

Miss Parton will speak about her work in education during an appearance at the National Press Club next Tuesday.

UNSUNG HEROES

"American Idol" winner David Cook just kicked off the USO's year of entertainment by performing for troops serving on the "front lines" at seven U.S. military bases in the Persian Gulf.

Continuing to volunteer his time for America's soldiers, we also see, is "CSI: NY" actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band, which wrapped up a two-day USO entertainment tour this past weekend.


John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on Townhall.com and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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