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?
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
President Trump now claims ownership of America’s longest war in Afghanistan. This may result in his pride in ownership or not. Although I did not and do not support many of his positions, I sincerely want him to have a successful Presidency. If his administration succeeds then America will also be better. It was 1969 … More The “Big Muddy” Still
He couldn’t stay for dinner. The young husband and father had to be off to work an evening shift. His wife and daughter stayed to eat a meal provided by a group which helps homeless families. There were others at the table in a similar predicament. Working people who lose a job and desperately try … More Not So Invisible People
America 1967 saw civil rights marches, some displayed on the evening news how brutal the fight against racial discrimination had become. The headlines on racial issues diminished, not because the problem was eliminated, but because protests against the Vietnam War had come to the fore front. Many white people viewed the civil rights movement as … More Looking For America
After reading numerous letters to the editor in support of President Trump and some legislators, I ask myself do these people personally know Mr Trump and their legislators? The letters generally don’t question policies but rather are more personal. Letters that state these people are doing a great job. They are helping people as they … More People Not Politics
Superman on TV in the 1950’s began with a call for Truth, Justice and the American Way. We understood truth. We had learned George Washington never told a lie. Maybe we might fib a little but lie was a big thing and not to be treated lightly. If caught lying a punishment was expected and … More Superman Is Simply Tired