What course should we, America, be following? Mr. Trump attacks various trade agreements. He states that these have given an unfair advantage to foreign countries and competitors. Traditionally the Republican Party has supported such agreements as beneficial to business. The Democratic Party has been less inclined to support them as harmful to labor. I want … More The Leadership Vacuum
After forty years of working in and operating a small business I do have some knowledge of health insurance. First of all I believe it is an employer responsibility to provide health insurance to the employees. I did so for forty years and there were some years it was extremely difficult. Prior to the Affordable … More It’s Light Up Time
Sitting in the restaurant there was music playing ever so low in the background. It wouldn’t interfere with normal conversation nor was it in any way disruptive. This one song sounded vaguely familiar. I could hear the melody and a few words as we ate and talked. Slowly I recognized the song playing in the … More Big Iron On His Hip
Perhaps the most horrific time growing up in America and some other countries is being a teenager and particularly the junior high years. One may generalize and call it puberty. It is more than merely the recognition of one’s body and it’s functions. That alone clearly created growing pains. The academics and more difficult classes … More Once Upon A Time In America
President-Elect Trump will soon be sworn in as President. My political, economic, environmental and labor positions are the polar opposite of his. His views about democracy, peace, people and even the media raise serious concerns. My first inclination on November 8th was to be angry. This was and probably still is a feeling held by … More No Time For Anger
This is a tale, a fiction, but one I could imagine happening. Ibrahim, who has lived in the United States for 6 years wrote a letter to his friend in Iraq. Ibrahim emigrated to the US with help from the US Army after working with US soldiers as an interpreter in southern Iraq for five … More So This Is Christmas?
Dear President-Elect Trump, Your campaign promised working people jobs, good jobs. This was your commitment to them. It is the main campaign pledge to these working Americans. Unfortunately these people overlooked the worst in you but this is the line you drew in the sand. The Rubicon was Caesar’s line to be crossed, an actual … More The Line Not To Cross
Relax this is not a journey to Jerusalem or Rome for those so inclined. There are many portraits of Jesus laughing but I haven’t seen any actual photos. There is a famous artist rendering of the face of Jesus smiling on one side but sad on the opposite side. I have often wondered what the … More Did Jesus Ever Laugh?
The President-Elect is a businessman. In fact he and his family have business interests the world over. This is great for a businessman but not so much for an elected official. This situation leads to the appearance of and actual conflicts of interest. I won’t waste your time reiterating the obvious. This potential for conflicts … More Just A Matter Of Trust
My wife and I were seated in the hotel lounge when four older gentlemen dressed in tuxedos with top hats approached and asked if we wanted to hear a Christmas carol. Naturally we replied yes and the quartet proceeded to sing. We along with others in the lounge area thanked them and applauded. Still early … More Silent Night