I Have to Agree With Reagan; Government Can Be the Problem

I don’t often agree with Ronald Reagan. I think he has been wrongly canonized by Americans who misread history. He just happened to be in charge when the Soviet Union imploded under its own economic folly, and that lucky accident glorified his legacy. But two news stories this morning make me think he might be […]
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Obama Displays His Charm But Republicans Aren’t Buying It

President Obama was at his charming best yesterday as he faced hostile Republican House members, and if American voters are still in the mood for charm, his approval rating should be soaring today. But the historic meeting won’t achieve much else. Don’t expect a new mood of bipartisanship in Washington. The Republican politicians gave no […]
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Reading the Internet, It’s a Good Idea to “Consider the Source”

One of the first things I learned as a cub reporter was to “consider the source.” Searching the highways and byways for something to fill the newspaper, I would occasionally come across a  startling “story” that might or might not be true. And my editor used to tell me, “When in doubt, leave it out.” […]
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Obama’s State of the Union Speech Reflects a Sobering Truth

I never thought I would live to hear a Democratic President extol the virtues of offshore oil drilling, nuclear power plants and “clean coal.” And that was just the beginning. Before President Obama’s State of the Union speech was over last night, he had bragged about ramping up the Afghan war, promised a freeze on […]
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A Bumbling Misstep in America’s Unacknowledged Race War?

I’m sure you know by now that there’s an unacknowledged race war raging in America. In the vanguard are Rupert Murdoch’s pernicious Fox News and a plague of right-wing web sites, many funded by malignant multimillionaires. A blatant example is the relentless persecution of a group called ACORN. A pair of young spies (photo below) […]
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Monte Sahlin, a Seasoned Voice on dealing with the Haiti Tragedy

We are at the two week mark of the devastating earthquake that leveled Haiti.  The videos and images keep resonating in out hearts. The stories of miracle rescues are quickly blighted by the dust, stench, and growing human despair. . We on lookers to this terrible catastrophe have remote after shocks going off in ourselves.  […]
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Is Pandering to the Tea Baggers the Best Obama Can Do?

I have tried to be optimistic about Barack Obama. I so much wanted America’s first black President to be a roaring success, to go down in history as a transformational force for his country and the world. But it will be hard for me to keep the faith if what I’m hearing is true. According […]
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