The local newspaper ran an article on a political candidate seeking office. The reporter was doing his job, reporting. As is often the case nowadays the local paper can be read on-line and comments can be made on-line. One comment stated that the candidate was an extremist type candidate. The reporter replied that he understands … More Media Matters
If you get up each day, go to work, struggle to make ends meet, watch for sales at the stores and worry most about the education of your children, then you are a working person. People don’t need or want much. A decent place to live, a chance to eat out occasionally, and family vacations … More A Time For Reaping
Making America great isn’t what someone can do, it’s actually who we are. We need to look through the current rhetoric which is very much an either/or proposition. It seems that a person must not only support some policy or position in the current times, there needs to be a loyalty which translates into for … More Remembering American Greatness
Signs along the road, in front of houses, store windows, they’re everywhere. A name followed by an elected office with a support or elect or re-elect is commonplace as we head into the 2018 midterm elections. So many signs that say so little. As if I believe what you believe is the directive to the … More Down The Up Ladder
My mother was not averse to washing my mouth out with soap. I should define that as a mouth that spoke four letter words, dirty words, as they were called. Sometimes a hairbrush came flying at me and my brothers for being ugly to each other. The ultimate challenge was avoiding a swat with her … More Who Is teaching our children?
My world, our world, has changed. Perhaps gradually but it seemed so suddenly or perhaps we just didn’t notice it passing. Many things we took as a given aren’t any more. Education or school was simpler. Walk there, maybe dad drops you off, one car families, many moms didn’t drive, as I recollect. After school … More Where Have All The Knights Gone?
We were young once and vocal. Our college campuses and our streets filled with young people standing tall calling for justice. Justice took difference forms, black and white faces, speaking up for equality, social justice, women’s rights and an end to an unjust war. The dynamics of the times played a part in our motivation … More No Time For Dying
If you are old enough to remember Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy then you are old enough to know better. Any cursory review of history focusing on America in the early to min-fifties should make one think. Are we trying to relive that page of one of our least proud historical moments? A time when America, … More McCarthyism Is Alive And Well Living In Washington
News, the main stream media has become more of a headline than the front page headline that each prints. How can we criticize that which we don’t read or research? What do we expect of our mainstream media and what do we think deserves to be considered news? Years ago while studying public administration one … More So That’s News?
The other night I watched a summary film of the Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam War. Having been there during the war I thought it should be interesting to see. Like so many Vietnam Veterans we didn’t talk much about it after returning home. After the screening of the Burns summary four Vietnam Veterans … More Thank You, Good Buddy, Ken