America Unhinged

January 14, 2017 | 1 Comment

They see that Mr. Trump is beholden to nothing – not his party, not our intelligence agencies, not the press, nor the rules of ethics concerning nepotism and other conflicts of interest. He is like an unpredictable wild animal and no one knows quite how to rein him in.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Is Climate Change a Chinese Hoax?

December 30, 2016 | 3 Comments

President-elect Donald Trump has called climate change a Chinese hoax, vowed to dismantle America’s climate and clean energy policies, and appointed climate deniers with ties to the fossil fuel industry to his transition team and Cabinet.

Two-State Solution Delusion

December 23, 2016 | No Comments

A fantasy persists of a Israeli-Palestine peace agreement leading to an independent Palestine state in the land Israel has occupied since the 1967 Mideast War.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Mixed Feelings on Fidel Castro’s Legacy

November 28, 2016 | No Comments

Under Castro, Cuba improved significantly in education, medical care, religious tolerance, and racial relations. However, opponents of normalization with Cuba accuse the Cuban government of systematic human rights abuses, including arbitrary imprisonment, unfair trials, and extrajudicial execution.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

The Fall of the Democratic Party: What Happened and What’s Next?

November 18, 2016 | 7 Comments

Much has been written about the disaffection of likely Democratic voters in the just-held presidential election. But this disaffection began long ago.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

The Painful Side of Democracy

November 10, 2016 | 8 Comments

Just as a broken clock is right twice a day, there are some pronouncements made by Trump that are just plain true. The election was indeed rigged, but it was from within our own electoral process and not from outside forces.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

RIP, GOP

October 15, 2016 | 3 Comments

But nothing trumps Trump when it comes to his horrific bragging of sexual predatory assaults. Making no sense, too many Republicans still straddle the fence over finding his comments abhorrent while still endorsing him. This will be the final nail in their coffin.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Kaepernick and Police Unions Poles Apart on Racism

September 22, 2016 | No Comments

Immediately, critics turned Kaepernick’s protest into disrespect of the flag and of veterans. This, of course, is nonsense. The America flag symbolizes many things and certainly among them is the right and, indeed, the duty to protest injustice.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Sports

Despite Criticism, Mother Teresa Canonized a Saint

September 06, 2016 | No Comments

While Mother Teresa’s clinics received millions of dollars in donations, their conditions drew criticism from people disturbed by a shortage of medical care and nutrition.

Posted in Opinion, Religion

Kudos to Colin Kaepernick

August 29, 2016 | No Comments

Kaepernick explained his action saying he didn’t want to “show pride” in a country that “oppresses black people and people of color,” citing a number of shootings of black people by white police officers.

Posted in Opinion, Sports

A Shot in the Arm or a Kick in the Gut?

August 01, 2016 | 5 Comments

For people on either side of the vaccine debate, you might want to sit yourself down and compose yourself before you read any further. For someone like me who often casts a cynical eye on the devious doings of various organizations, I was not prepared for this one because it involves our children.

Posted in Healthcare, Opinion

Donald Trump, the Muslim Basher

August 01, 2016 | 3 Comments

On the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan delivered a passionate appeal for voters to support Hillary Clinton, and accused Donald Trump of sacrificing “nothing.”

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Religion, War

Taking a Leaf from Bernie’s Book: Clinton’s Student Loan Plan

July 23, 2016 | No Comments

The growth in college debt is an issue close to the hearts of millions of voters, but for young Americans who came of age in the midst of the recession, it is a problem of towering proportions. For many of the “Millennial” generation, finding meaningful employment to repay staggering student loan debt, has proved a near impossible challenge

Posted in Education, Opinion, Politics

Edward Snowden’s Story as Re-told on Film

July 12, 2016 | 1 Comment

Although Snowden may have been mentioned in previous works, his story has never been explored in the realm of dramatization. That changes with the release of Oliver Stone’s sure-to-be-controversial film, Snowden.

Black and White Consequences of the Sounds of Silence

July 10, 2016 | No Comments

The thin blue line separating citizens from danger seems to have become a solid wall of refusal to acknowledge the sickening consequences of police officers who either are not being well trained or are not being well screened before donning their blues, badges and guns.

Posted in Crime, Opinion