Viewpoints

The Arizona Gift

It approaches a year since Sen. John McCain departed these earthly precincts. He is rightly missed for his principled leadership, for his maverick ways and for his — now increasingly rare — ability to reach out and collaborate effectively with senators across the partisan divide. I miss all ...

Bernie Sanders Needs A Shot Of Dignity

I have never been a big fan of Bernie Sanders. His authoritarian tendencies and aggressive attacks on any who would disagree have outweighed the good in him. The good is his working-class voice, emphasis on economic issues and some solid ideas. But his recent lashing out at The Washington ...

The Struggles That Allison And June Were Facing

The first article of a series of three, we met Allison and June. They had been referred by a mutual friend, Gail. Her friendship drew a boundary that precluded professional counseling. They agreed to try treatment with me. Allison described their social and work history. They were high school ...

Open Borders Inc. Who’s Funding The Wicked War On ICE?

All the gun control zealots out in full force last week have apparently gone to the beach. An alarming shooting took place at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in San Antonio on Tuesday. Local media reported that “multiple shots were fired on two floors targeting ICE ...

Francis Scott Key’s Old Question In Baltimore

WASHINGTON — In the closing lines of the lyrics for our national anthem, their author asked in 1814: “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” Of course it does, at least figuratively. The original flag that flew over Fort ...

My Heart In A Safe Room: Teaching A Special Group Of Students

In the autumn of 2007, when I was teaching at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, I was asked by the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Marion County, Florida, to teach a poetry class. Each person in the class had been diagnosed with one or more serious mental illnesses. Yes, I had ...

Music By The Numbers

If you are a fan of music, at some time, you have probably done Karaoke on stage in local pubs and/or taverns, or you may have done it at a party, or maybe while driving in your car, or even in your shower from time to time. Sometimes we are confident in getting up and singing in front of a ...

People’s Libraries: Are They Used?

I know there are homes without books. I doubt if I’ve ever been in one. In fact, I can’t imagine what it would be like to live there. Books are here as my friends: to relax and bring me pleasure, to stimulate and, frequently, to educate. At the moment I have four stacked on the table ...

The Art Of Communication

The average American aged 70 years of age has spent 6 years eating, 11 years working, 8 years amusing himself, 24 years sleeping, 5.5 years dressing, 3 years talking, and 6 months in church. When I heard these facts on the nightly news, they certainly made me think. I guess the one that ...

Socialism Never?

President Trump has repeatedly promised, “America will never be a socialist country.” Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism. We may not be at the stage Bernie Sanders would ...

Economic Development Comes Only From Profits

For a wide swath of people, profit is a dirty word. For them, it is evidence that businesses expropriate the value of labor from their employees or cheat customers by charging prices higher than the costs of production. It is the view that all value comes from labor and that price should be ...

How The Night Moves In Years Past

If you weren’t living by the lake in the 1970’s and 80’s, you have no idea what you missed. It was a rare time here-a certain era-where music and life seemed to be one and the same, where a summer song you hear today can place you at Midway or the Casino as a teenager — at a time ...

Jeffrey Epstein Didn’t Commit Suicide

Jeffrey Epstein didn’t commit suicide. He was murdered by Hillary and/or Bill Clinton. Or he was assassinated by the Russians. Or Donald Trump killed him. Or he isn’t dead at all, having been spirited into the Witness Protection Program, where he presumably now shares an island mansion ...

Mistakes Were Made, Always In Epstein’s Favor

The Jeffrey Epstein case establishes beyond a doubt that if you're a sexual predator, it pays to be a rich and connected sexual predator. Epstein, now dead of an apparent suicide before his accusers had their day in court, worked the system and benefited from advantages and breaks ...

The Good Life: It’s Time To Rethink Our Laws About Shootings

We are stuck. People are dying, yet we are stuck. We are afraid of changing laws to keep some of us alive, because we might, maybe, give someone in government some information about our private lives - as though “private lives” still exist. Have you sent your DNA to 23andme or ...

Canine Companion: Be Careful When You Let Your Dog Swim In Lake Erie

Hey, guys, have you heard about the bacteria in Lake Erie in the news? My family spends a lot of time there (until recently); playing in creeks leading to the lake, swimming at Presque Isle, near Erie, Pa.; and we always bring our dog because he absolutely loves to swim. There’s something ...

We Cannot Afford Cynicism

Our 11-year-old grandson is with us for the week, and we are having the sort of conversations that indicate the learning has just begun -- for me. He and his parents recently completed a move of more than 2,000 miles. This is quite the adjustment for all involved, including their 4-year-old ...

How Important Is Today’s Racial Discrimination?

There is discrimination of all sorts, and that includes racial discrimination. Thus, it’s somewhat foolhardy to debate the existence of racial discrimination yesteryear or today. From a policy point of view, a far more useful question to ask is: How much of the plight of many blacks can be ...

Passing Law, Taxes, And The Buck

What do the French digital services tax, the employers’ share of payroll taxes and the corporate income tax all have in common? They are rarely shouldered by those entities and individuals targeted by legislators. In fact, one of the most important things to know about taxes is that the ...

Boycotting Trump Donors To Save Country

New York real estate developer Stephen Ross was reportedly shocked by calls to boycott his businesses. The issue was the fundraiser he held last weekend for Donald Trump. “Steve, welcome to the world of politics,” Trump joked at the posh luncheon. This was one of two back-to-back ...