Viewpoints

63red Safe Offers Safe Haven For Trumpers

So I go to my barber for a shave. While I’m waiting for her to finish the man ahead of me, this other guy and I get to talking about Donald Trump. He’s no more a fan of the boy president than I am, and pretty soon, we’ve got the whole shop laughing as we rip Trump’s idiocy. My barber ...

Nancy Pelosi’s Threat To Free Speech

The same Democrats outraged by Donald Trump’s alleged offenses against the First Amendment passed, as their first priority, a speech-restricting bill opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union. Trump shouldn’t call the media “the enemy of the people” or inveigh against Jeff Bezos ...

The Good Lief: Who Gets My 2020 Vote?

Back in 2016, I was told — sometimes humorously, sometimes insultingly — that my decision to give my November general election vote to Libertarian Gary Johnson was “throwing my vote away.” I heard that from people who loved Hillary Clinton and from people who loved Donald Trump. The ...

Looking Back: Ross Grange Has Rich History In County

Awhile back I was looking at an old map when I spied the location of the Ross Grange Hall. I had not realized that in earlier days it was closer to Ross Mills than the more recent one in Falconer. The more recent one is now the Falcons’ Nest but the Ross Grange No. 305 continues to hold their ...

Canine Companion: Remembering Those Who Serve Side By Side

Hey, guys. This week, on Wednesday, was K9 Veterans Day. K9 Veterans Day is a day to remember and appreciate the dogs who serve side-by-side with our soldiers to protect our country. K9 Veterans Day is an extremely special day and, as such, there are several stories I would like to share ...

Is There Room For One More On Mount Rushmore?

The four faces chiseled on Mount Rushmore have an uninvited guest. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt look down at Donald Trump, as he saunters and shouts into the wind. Trump gets down to business: Any room at the top? “Many people ...

Is Income Inequality Fair?

Some Americans have much higher income and wealth than others. Former President Barack Obama explained, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” An adviser to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who has a Twitter account called “Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure” ...

Sherrod Brown Will Be Missed

Why should it be of any importance or interest that Sherrod Brown, the third-term U.S. senator from Ohio, announced this week that he will not run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination? For one reason, unlike many recent would-be national leaders who belong to his party — a list ...

Scant Economic Joy In Mudville

The American people have been ordered to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the economic recovery. Note the lack of balloons, however, and that the marching bands have their feet up. President Donald Trump, of course, is a brass section unto himself. He’s been trumpeting the “Trump ...

Vaccine Skeptics Under Siege

Watch out. Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley have locked their sights on the next targets of a frightening free speech-squelching purge: independent citizens who dare to raise questions online about the safety and efficacy of vaccines. I’m vaccinated. My children are up to date. There’s no ...

The Real National Emergency

There’s a national emergency in America, all right, but it’s not on our southern border. It’s in the Oval Office, where an incompetent, ill-suited and immoral liar makes war on our democracy at home, and on our reputation and foreign-policy commitments abroad. The countering good news ...

Pedro And Anna’s Story: The Conclusion

The second session with Anna and Pedro was telling. She was surprised that he’d come to the first session. He knew that their relationship was in trouble. Her patience was waning. Her major complaint referenced a lack of communication. She talked freely, he was quiet. That Pedro opened ...

Just Don’t Lower The Bar

A proposal is being discussed in North Carolina to change the grading numbers in schools, whereby students would achieve an “A” grade if their averages are 100 to 85, a “B” if their grades are 84-70, a “C” if grades are 69-55, a “D” if they average 54-40, and they would earn an ...

The Ides Of March

March 15, 2018. Unlike Mr. Caesar, I shall survive the day. Considering myself (and hoping to be seen by others) as a jovial sort, I try to look on the bright side of every aspect. Besides, I feel I’ve already complained enough for one winter: its bleakness and even, more recently, my ...

Dessert Or Salad?

When I put together my cookbooks it was hard to decide on the classification for some of my recipes. One recipe that comes to mind is bread pudding. Bread pudding is often served as a dessert. It can also be served as part of the main course. When I serve it as part of the main ...

Traveling South Of The Border Comes With Risks

This is the point we get to in winter where “anyplace but here” becomes a mantra. Don’t you just want to run away to a sunny place, kicking off your boots and ear warmers every mile along the way? Mexico is a popular-and often wallet-friendly-destination, but it’s important to make ...

Bryce Harper And Loyalty

President Harry Truman once said, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” That truism can now be applied to baseball players, notably Bryce Harper. Harper, a former Washington National and now new member of their National League East rival, the Philadelphia Phillies, recently ...

Beautifully, Wonderfully Made

My son and daughter-in-law had a surprise for us this morning. They had their first baby early today. Of course the fact that they were having a baby wasn’t a surprise, that was pretty obvious to anyone, but the fact that it came today, about a month early, was a great surprise. They both had ...

‘I Wrote The Book On Black Fatherhood’

I wrote the book on black fatherhood. Literally. “Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood” was a deep dive into the absence and uninvolvement of African-American fathers in the lives of their children. Like many observers, I inferred that absence and uninvolvement from ...

In Defense Of Women’s Sports

We’re going to need the cisgendered Olympics. The state of Connecticut has offered a dismaying picture of the future of female athletics, with two transgender runners routinely outpacing the competition at the state track championships. The two biologically male students, Terry Miller and ...