Viewpoints

Triggering The Google Social Credit System

I learned last week from a Silicon Valley whistleblower, who spoke with the intrepid investigative team at Project Veritas, that my namesake news and opinion website is on a Google blacklist. Thank goodness the Big Tech giant hasn’t taken over the newspaper syndication business yet. Twenty ...

The Unraveling Of A Delusional President

WASHINGTON—The last few weeks have confirmed that Donald Trump, who has fashioned himself “a stable genius,” lives in a misconception that is perilous for the rest of us. In the early morning of January 6, 2018, he tweeted: “Actually, through my life, my two greatest assets have been ...

Scrolling Versus Living

Sometimes, I get so caught up scrolling through my social media accounts and reading the top Tweets it’s a little embarrassing. It’s as if I’m afraid I’ve missed something, so I have to make sure I catch up. I scroll through endlessly, looking at the top news stories and the trending ...

Is This Heaven?

In the 1989 movie, “Field of Dreams,’ which was nominated that year in the Academy Awards Best Picture of the Year Category, just before the Father/Son catch that happened toward the end of the film, John Kinsella (Dwyer Brown) asked Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), if where he was standing ...

Yes, There Is A Sweat Bee

I lost my go-to guy. RTPI’s Mark Baldwin up and moved with his wife to Sweden. I know it’s what they both wanted and they certainly seem happy with the new life — and world — they’ve discovered. I’m grateful I can continue to share their adventures on Facebook. And I was able ...

Scent Memory: A Return To Small Town America

Only a time or two in life does one lose everything—if we’re lucky. Most of the time, it’s like my mother used to say, “things will be okay. They almost always are. Remember that.” It’s a philosophy that carried her through 93 years from Karlskoga, Sweden to Jamestown New ...

‘You Didn’t Build That’

Remember the controversy in 2012 when President Obama said, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” In context, the president was trying to make the point that in addition to our own hard work, others contributed to whatever level of success ...

Economic Experts Often Forget Economics

An expert is someone who has had special training or experience with particular problems. We assume that such people have a much better understanding of that field of activity than others do. They are used as sources of knowledge and advice because of their accomplishments, and they are usually ...

One Weekend And Three Racks Of Ribs

The second semi-annual rib cookoff went down at my brother’s neighbor’s house last weekend in Lakewood. He and some of his neighbors engage in a little friendly barbecue competition in August. This year, I asked if I could enter, too, and I’m not sure what sort of chain of command my ...

Scratching Posts May Save Your Furniture

New York State recently enacted a law banning the declawing of cats, which is very good news for cats, but may leave some people wondering about how to protect their furniture and drapes from a clawing cat. Cats scratch to mark their territory by placing their scent on an object. They also ...

The Notion That Education Is The Enemy

You’d think it would be the one thing we could all agree upon. Life grows ever more complex. Planetary overheating threatens a future of floods, food shortages and mass migration. We carry supercomputers in our pockets. Robots are taking our jobs. So you’d think, for all the partisan ...

Throwing America Under The Bus

Beto O’Rourke has taken the measure of America and found it wanting. “This country, though we would like to think otherwise,” he intoned over the weekend, “was founded on racism, has persisted through racism and is racist today.” This is now a mainstream sentiment in the ...

The Good Life: Bet You A Buck? You Bet!

By Denny Bonavita All my life, I have been a betting man. For a while in my 20s, I was also a gambling man. There is a difference. A betting man will say, “I’ll bet the forecast is wrong; it won’t rain today.” I have said that, and accepted the challenge of putting up some money to ...

Go To Canine Companion: The Pool, Swimming Is Great Exercise For Dogs

Hey, guys. With the last bit of summer ending, I wanted to write this week’s article about swimming. I know, it’s a bit late in the season but it’s still a good read and you wouldn’t believe the amount of people who bring their dogs to the pool to go swimming during the cold ...

For The Survivors, We Remember

In two weeks’ time, three mass shootings killed 34 people and left dozens more injured. We were outraged and in shock, and for a few days we managed to sustain a collective call for new laws that would make our country safer. Now, we are moving on. This is our human nature, to search for ...

What Will They Learn At College?

For many parents, August is a month of both pride and tears. Pride because their teenager is taking that big educational step and tears because for many it’s the beginning of an empty nest. Yet, there’s a going-away-to-college question that far too few parents ask or even contemplate: What ...

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 ...