Skin-Deep Immigration Blues

America’s immigration policies are a mess. So many unfair distinctions exist that I couldn’t possibly discuss them all in a blog. Reform has been out of reach for decades, despite protests and proclamations, politicians’ promises and presidents’ speeches. Yet the main stumbling block is only skin deep. I read this morning that some Republican leaders concede […]
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Taking on the Polluters

It’s winter. It’s cold. It’s snowing in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere. So, naturally, the climate change deniers are in full voice, proclaiming that “global warming is a hoax.” Of course the climate change deniers are wrong. The disruption of Mother Nature by man-made pollutants causes overall warming even when the weather sometimes gets […]
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Optimistic President Woos Congress One More Time

Not since Richard III wooed Lady Ann has there been such perseverance by a suitor. Looked at one way, President Obama’s state of the union address was a remarkable display of patient good nature in the face of immutable scorn. Looked at another way, it reminded me of Charlie Brown trying to kick Lucy’s football one more […]
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The Day the Music Died

When I recall my “hippie” days, it’s the music I remember. I was divorced, alone, living in a rented room near the University of Toronto with a varied assortment of young men and women. I don’t remember the address – the house is probably long gone. But I remember it had a brass plaque on […]
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Is the American Dream in Danger of Becoming a Nightmare?

In a bleak and often unjust world, America remains a beacon of hope despite the best efforts of those who would reduce this country to the level of a Third World plutocracy.  For, make no mistake, these people exist. And they are busy. Very busy. The billionaire activists who are attacking the American Dream have […]
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Shaming America’s Women

Now we know why Republicans are so set on making abortion illegal again. It’s to save women from themselves! Personally, I haven’t met any American women who strike me as sex maniacs.Compared to Jamaican women, in fact, I’ve found them remarkably restrained. But what do I know? I didn’t come to America until I was […]
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The Few, the Proud, the Rich

There’s no denying that if you give a hundred people a dollar each it won’t be as useful as giving one person a hundred dollars to work with. History teaches this lesson again and again. It’s the age-old rationalization for income inequality. To be effective capital must be concentrated. You can’t make the poor rich by making the rich poor. In […]
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On a Cold Day in Florida

The sun is shining but the temperature is only 39 degrees Fahrenheit – in Florida! Not the kind of weather to warm the heart of a Jamaican. My thoughts turn to fellow-Jamaicans in the northern states and Canada, where the snow is knee deep, the roads are slithery and the wind knifes through their layers […]
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Bring the Troops Home Already!

Hamid Karzai (above, right) obviously doesn’t want American troops in Afghanistan. His anti-American rhetoric and his insistence on dictating how Americans must behave if they stay make it clear that the Afghan president has pocketed enough loot from the drawn-out occupation and would be happy if he were left alone with his drug dealing buddies from […]
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Persnickety Rules Would Make Golf a Game for Fussbudgets

The people who think up the rules of golf must be really weird.  You might recall the controversy over a couple of odd penalties Tiger Woods took last year. Now, Rory McIlroy has been hit with a bizarre “infraction.” The ruling cost him two strokes, setting him back a couple of places on the Abu […]
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