America Suffers While Billions Vanish Abroad

You might not be feeling the effects of the infamous “sequester” that Congress has inflicted on us, but you will. The ham-handed budget cuts are already drawing blood and the worst is yet to come. Here’s how The Huffington Post described the situation earlier this month:  The grips of sequestration are just now beginning to […]
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George Jones’ World of Love and Heartbreak

George Jones sang about love like nobody else that I can recall. We may never hear songs like his again. Johnny Cash was similar of course, but he’s gone, too. Theirs was the kind of artistry that made country music so powerful. In the tradition of the great Hank Williams, they spoke from their hearts to […]
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Is a Bad Democrat Better than No Democrat?

Democrats face a dilemma in 2014. Do they stick to their principles and run off the pols who use the party to make a lucrative nest for themselves in Congress? Or do they tolerate the sleazy behavior of these members in order to bolster the party’s numbers in the House and Senate? For at least […]
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The End of the News as I Knew it

I am not telling you anything new when I say newspapers are dying. The evidence is all around you. But you might not realize that “the news” itself is becoming extinct. Thinking back to the days of Walter Cronkite and before, I recall “the news” as a collection of reports that had been verified and weighed […]
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After the Carnage, How Can We Ever Forgive?

Now that the army of law enforcement officers in their body armor and night-vision goggles have captured a cowering teenager bleeding to death in a backyard boat, we will hear endless paeans to their resolve, to the people of Boston and to the unsinkable American spirit. You can’t beat us down, terrorists! We are America. We […]
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No Good Can Come from a Corrupt Congress

The American system of government has failed. Democracy has not failed. Freedom has not failed. These concepts remain as valid as they were in 1789. But the way in which America’s constitutional rights are interpreted is so deeply flawed that the nation’s government can no longer function properly. You might say it was bound to […]
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Someone is Posing as Me. How Scary is That?

I never thought it could happen to me but it has. Someone is using my Social Security Number. I found out on Tuesday, when an AARP Tax Aide volunteer phoned to tell me the joint income tax return filed electronically for Sandra and me had been rejected because another return was already using that number. […]
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At Times Like These, All We Can Do Is Pray

There are no words to describe the horror of it. There is no way to make sense of it. Innocent people – even children – killed and maimed. To what end? Impossible to tell. Who would do such an evil thing? Such a pointless, mad thing? Perhaps we shall know who in time. But why? […]
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Stuffed Shirts Make Golf Look Ridiculous

I have always held The Masters in the highest esteem. I am as enthralled by its traditions as anyone. I am a big fan of Bobby Jones and revere anything connected with his memory. But the pompous millionaires who have hijacked the year’s first major make it increasingly painful to watch. I can’t believe Bobby […]
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The Hidden Horror of Poverty in the Midst of Wealth

On a morning where the news includes the launching of a privately owned yacht nearly 600 feet long and costing who knows how many millions of dollars, there’s a brief item about homeless people in Kansas City living in underground tunnels. You can also read about Justin Bieber’s hair and who’s likely o get chosen […]
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