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Trump’s Acquittal Will Have An Asterisk

Dear Mr. So-Called President: A few words in advance of your upcoming acquittal. That that’s how your impeachment trial will end is, as we all know, a foregone conclusion. The proverbial fix is in. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told us as much in December when he announced he ...

McConnell Seems To Be Master Of The Senate

Every hostile nickname that Mitch McConnell gets is further confirmation of his effectiveness. The latest is “Midnight Mitch,” a reaction to his resolution setting out the road map for the Senate impeachment trial. The measure stipulated that House impeachment managers could make their ...

The Good Life: Poets Write Poems, So I Wrote A ‘Pome’

By Denny Bonavita Can a bricklayer cut stone instead of bricks? Can a first-grade teacher educate a high school algebra class? Yes. Adjustments are required, but those fields of competence do overlap. I did something like that. I wrote a pome. I do not call what I wrote a ...

It Piles Up, Stuff In Our Way

On Monday, singer John Legend, a star by any measure, tweeted his choice for president to his 13.2 million followers: "I'll be voting for Elizabeth Warren in the CA Democratic primary." Whoo-boy. Soon after, Legend felt the need to add this: "Some of you Bernie supporters do quite the ...

Insanity In Diversity And Inclusion

It's nearly impossible to have even a short conversation with a college administrator, politician or chief executive without the words diversity and inclusion dropping from their lips. Diversity and inclusion appear to be the end-all and be-all of their existence. So, I thought I'd begin this ...

For The Defense Of Iowa

We have reached that time in every presidential nominating year when distinguished, national opinion leaders beat up on Iowa and that admirable state’s influential role in determining the two major parties’ eventual presidential nominees and, therefore, the next president. The USA Today ...

Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Is Not Fair

It needs pointing out that Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All plan bears little resemblance to Medicare. The Vermont senator undoubtedly exploits the word “Medicare” to obscure the radicalness of his single-payer proposal. Medicare, after all, is very popular. Those who admire ...

Indictment Should Be Tossed Out

About the impeachment of President Donald Trump she engineered with her Democratic majority, Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday: “It’s not personal. It’s not political. It’s not partisan. It’s patriotic.” Seriously, Madam Speaker? Not political? Not partisan? Why then were all eight ...

Will Democrats Choose Safety Or Risk?

When the economy shows signs of weakness, Wall Street analysts expect to see what they call a “flight to safety.” Investors sell stocks and buy bonds or gold. The same phenomenon can sometimes be found in politics. Understanding that George W. Bush was riding high in 2004, after what was ...

In God We Trust… Maybe

So, who do you trust? Do you trust the people involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s death? They tell you he committed suicide. Despite any number of bizarre coincidences that suggest he was done in. So do you trust the officials who tell you otherwise? Do you trust your FBI? If you say you ...

The Latest Protests In Iran

The latest protests in Iran by people angry over the Iranian military’s missile launch that “unintentionally” downed a Ukrainian jetliner killing many Iranians, Canadians and others, is different from past protests over rigged elections, rising gas prices, and what Americans like to call ...

The Laws Of Economics Won’t Ignore You

A paradox is a statement that is seemingly self-contradictory or defies expectations. It often describes some confusing phenomenon in reality, or in some cases, simply demonstrates cleverness in story telling. An old familiar one is the water-diamonds paradox: why does water, which is so ...

Cancel Culture Strikes Again: Banned In Maine

In November, I was banned in Boston after speech-squelchers on the left and right forced the cancellation of my lecture at Bentley University, a small private institution. The grassroots activists who had invited me were rejected by every major event venue in the nation’s purported Cradle of ...

It’s Never Too Late To Keep Learning

Too late to learn new things? Never! I love words. I keep a special spiral notebook of words new to me. Once, of course, I’ve looked up their meaning so both can be recorded together. Many words appear once and then disappear. The New Yorker seemed to enjoy making up (well, I couldn’t ...

Dealing With Difficult Health Care Directives

Dear Kevin: My list of resolutions for 2020 includes completing health care directives. My complicated family situation is an obstacle. I’m the father of three adult children, and each one has a different mother. I was not an attentive father, so there are tensions in every direction. ...

Satisfy That Sweet Tooth Craving

Remember trying to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings as we were growing up? Those of us from my generation were really lucky, because the variety of sweets seemed to be greater, and a lot of them that now would cost anywhere from a quarter to a dollar or more, cost us a penny to a nickel. I ...

Teachers Have So Much Influence

It is always a thrill for teachers when former students do well. I keep track of many of them because their parents are still around even if they are not. Conversely, I always say a prayer for those whose names make the police blotter. Most of them do not surprise me. If they were a handful ...

Here’s 20 Things To Do In 2020

It’s a new decade and I think it’s going to be a decade that will be all about empowering the individual. And I say, it’s about time. Predictions say that this decade, we’ll get back to focusing on the needs of individuals and families — you know, we the people — the people who ...

It’s Past Time For Slavery, In All Its Permutations, To End

Last week, the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld Willie Nash’s sentence: 12 years for possession. Of a cellphone. Read it twice, if you want. It won’t make any more sense the second time around. Nash, it should go without saying, is African American. And his victimization by ...

The Good Life: Omigosh, Trash Day Has Changed

I used to take out the trash every Tuesday night. The trash collection truck would arrive Wednesday morning before I hauled my creaky body out of bed to do such lift-and-carry things as taking out the trash. So I would take the trash out the night before, after dark. I hated it. I was ...