America as a democracy struggles intensely. Elected members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives have created an allegiance to a extremist group still claiming the Republican label but essentially a political party divided within itself. The dominant remnant of this group proclaims an extreme right agenda and follows a leader with no … More Life isn’t what it used to be
Driving along a major interstate highway I could not help but see the super size American flag waving on a extra high pole needed to accommodate its height and width. I never saw such flags while in the military or on government buildings. As I drove past where the flag was located I saw it … More Raising Old Glory
Does President Trump deserve to be convicted now that he has been impeached, certainly? Should he be convicted by the Senate, probably not? The penalty upon conviction is removal from office and after a separate vote by the Senate the President could also be barred from future public office. I take exception with efforts by President … More Impeach, yes, Convict?
Switching the TV channels late at night sleepy eyed searching for any entertaining escape available has become a regular activity. On the history channel a program on the Vietnam War appeared. Never having been a war buff but it caught my attention. My time in Vietnam ended in 1970. The first Vietnam movie I watched … More Searching For Yesterday
Where is the great divide and what is this fear? Democracy has been rejuvenated in America. When tallied Americans will have cast around 150 million votes in person, absentee and mail in. This turnout despite major efforts to limit minority voting, reduced times for early voting including a most blatant attack on voting by physically … More The Great Divide-Voting Out Of Fear
Visiting Seattle was a treat if only for three days. Where I currently reside is a smaller city, about 50,000 residents, but it’s not just the population size that differs from Seattle. The attitude of the people in smaller places should scream we need to help each other, we can do better by cooperating and … More Humanity Among The Concrete Spires
Sometime in the early 60’s the teenage students sat in class with a radio located in the principal’s office blaring through the school intercom Each classroom had a separate speaker for the morning announcements. This day the students were fixated on the voice emanating from the speaker. The students were fairly evenly divided both Anglo … More The Roadway Beacon
This was posted in May, 2020. It is now Dec. 2020 and things are worse. Who are we? These are the strangest of times and a time of learning. My parents endured the Great Depression and the Second World War which stretched into Korea. Generations followed up with Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and the beat goes … More What Do We Leave Our Children?
After reading an article in the newspaper about Mr. Rogers, these thoughts came to mind. Perhaps we all or at least some of us, myself included, need to look at ourselves in a mirror. Who do see? What do we see? Is that the face of the person we are or the one we want … More Courage Doesn’t Need A Loud Voice
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