Heartfelt Thanks for Care, Sympathy and Prayers

I decided to go with the stents, and only time will tell if I was right. Lakeland cardiologist Dr. Rajesh Lall (above, left) had performed a heart cath and found severe blockages in three arteries. One was the left main coronary and another was a major artery lower in the heart. A third artery was […]
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Canada Probably Isn’t Eager to Own You, Either, Ted

Canada has evolved into one of the world’s most enlightened and tolerant countries. In my 20 years in the Province of Ontario, I saw Canada mature into a benign and benevolent nation where common sense and the common good prevail. How unlike Ted Cruz! Cruz could not be less Canadian. He is a windbag who […]
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Random Thoughts on a Misty Friday Morning

Alone in my den on a dark and drizzly morning, trying not to think about Wednesday’s heart catheterization ( I cannot pronounce that word), the news events of the day seem far, far away. I cannot make sense of the Egyptians, irrevocably divided as they are over different versions of a religion with which I […]
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US May Not be Perfect, But I’m Not Ready for China

A reader named Eddie comments on yesterday’s blog that “the political system is so screwed in the US, the general public has no clue how they are used by both parties.” Eddie provided a link to a You Tube presentation lauding China’s one-party politics. The presentation makes the point that China has progressed remarkably in […]
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It’s Time to Talk Single-Payer Health Insurance

As the Republican strategists attack Obamacare with every resource at their disposal, they should be careful what they wish for; they might get it. To derail Obamacare at this late stage would cause enormous confusion and great hardship. Americans might just get mad enough to throw the bums out and elect politicians who will give […]
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We Could Fight Back – if We Had the Will

Sometimes, I feel hopeless. Today, for example. It could be because my sugar has been stubbornly high the past few days. Or because I have just been told that I might possibly have to undergo open-heart surgery. But there’s more to it than that. I think it’s the news that’s got me down. I’m not […]
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The Ugly Personal Attacks Keep on Coming

If there was any doubt that much of the vitriol aimed at America’s first black president is personal rather than political, a story out of Sedalia, Missouri this morning should put that doubt to rest. According to the Associated Press: A clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask (pictured above) appeared at a Missouri State […]
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Hunger is the Best Sauce. Or is it?

I’ve been really hungry. Once. I was working for the Haiti Sun and my boss, Bernard Diederich, had set off on his mother’s yacht, leaving me to run the newspaper for a month. Sadly, he had neglected to leave me banking authority. For most of that month, I was able to afford a lemonade, a […]
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Kind-Hearted Cop Reminds Us They’re Not All Bad

We hear so much about the transgressions of the police that we might forget how many cops really join the force to serve and protect. Of course, there are bad cops. Dumb cops. Sadists. Perverts. Crooks… That’s how it is with people – some are bad. Really bad. Then along comes Derek Conley, a Sarasota […]
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