It is that time of year when one typically starts trying to honor New Year’s resolutions that deserve to be fulfilled, even if only a few actually end up being implemented.
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Friday, November 29, 2019
Our two political parties often have been criticized as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, offering voters relatively little difference in the policy positions of their presidential candidates, compared to the much clearer leadership choices presented by European parties.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
It has been commonly observed that polarization in America has increased greatly in recent years. It is hard to disagree, given the rancorous political discourse we witness on a daily basis between the two major political parties, not to mention among many friends and neighbors.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Did you know that the U.S. Air Force is the smallest it has been since 1947 and that we have the smallest navy in almost a century? Do you care?
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Readers respond to ‘political correctness’ commentary
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Last month, President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address to Congress. It was relatively well-received by the general public, with 60 percent of viewers reporting a “very positive” reaction, which was higher favorability than most Obama-era State of the Union speeches gener…
Thursday, February 21, 2019
I am one of 77 million baby boomers in the United States – among the very first, having been born just a couple of months after World War II ended. According to AARP, 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day. Sixty-five percent plan to work past age 65, as I have. That is, up to now.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
In 2016, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump commented: “At the state and federal level, the United States spends more than $620 billion dollars on K-12 education each year. That’s an average of about $12,296 for every student enrolled in our elementary and secondary public s…
Thursday, December 27, 2018
The question that seemed to preoccupy much of the media leading up to the November midterm elections was whether the Democratic Party would achieve a major victory in regaining power in Washington from the Republicans, the anticipation being that congressional races would see many red (GOP d…
Friday, November 23, 2018
In the past month, several thousand Central American immigrants, mostly from Honduras, have been walking across Mexico toward the United States, hoping to gain entry here. The question is whether we should grant them asylum as refugees fleeing poverty and violence in their home country or p…
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Now in the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency, we are still trying to figure out what to make of his foreign policy.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
During the summer break, my wife and I saw “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” a documentary about the life of Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers. It was a break also from the constant yelling and screaming we hear around us today, not only in our individual neighborhoods but in the entire society.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Although readers know I lean conservative, they also know, if they bother reading my columns carefully and are open-minded, that I am usually careful to criticize both sides of the political spectrum as behaving badly and contributing to polarization of our political system.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
I have been accused by some readers of being terribly confused. I plead guilty. I am confused, increasingly so, by a culture that makes less and less sense with each passing week.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
I once wrote: “I have spent much of my adult life as a liberal. All the while, however, I sensed that, as I was aging, I was becoming more alienated from the left. It is not that I have abandoned liberalism. Rather, liberalism has abandoned me.”
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