Guarding the Hen House

Most of the politicians Americans trust to protect their interests seem intent on enriching themselves and their buddies at the public’s expense. Yes, I know, that’s not news. We the people keep electing foxes to guard the hen house. That’s how it has been (and probably will be) forever. But I don’t think the looting […]
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Racism in America

To us Jamaicans, American racism is a puzzling phenomenon. I won’t pretend that Jamaica is – and always has been – free of racism. But, in Jamaica, it has been more a question of shade prejudice than color prejudice. I suppose it was the legacy of slavery, when the biracial children of slave owners were […]
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“Socialists” Doing Just Fine

In a country where Cliven Bundy can be a folk hero, it must come as a shock that the Amerian middle class is no longer the richest in the world. According to the apostles of “the free market” and sink-or-swim individualism, their way is the only way to prosperity. And they have been able to […]
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Musings on Music – and Golf

A segment on 60 Minutes last Sunday night has left me pondering anew the power of the abstract in a world dominated by materialistic concerns. It was about a symphony orchestra (above) created by a devoted group in the world’s poorest country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. If ever there was a people without material comforts […]
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Selling Our Souls

                            I suppose it’s easy to say man shall not live by bread alone when your belly is full. When hunger pangs strike, bread can be powerfully appealing, souls not so much. So I won’t beat my breast self-righteously and cry shame […]
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The Good that Churches Do

There is so much to deplore in organized religion. History is littered with the tragic consequences of good intentions gone astray and bad intentions festering beneath the masks of false prophets. But, on the plus side, churches have done a lot of good in the world. Their contributions are not just spiritual. They have attended to the […]
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Making a Difference

Sometimes I get downhearted. I ask myself what’s the use? The rich get richer and the poor get children no matter what anyone does. This bad ol’ world just isn’t going to change, etc., etc. … Take President Obama, America’s first black president, the symbol of hope for a racially divided world. Talk about high […]
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The “Patriots” Among Us

I wonder what would have happened if the armed men who faced down federal agents in Nevada recently were black? Or Mexican? I know what happened to an African immigrant named Amadou Diallo who reached into his pocket for ID when police confronted him in New York City some years ago. His body was riddled […]
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A “Do-Gooder’s” Lament

You might think that most people would choose decency, fairness and compassion over skullduggery, oppression and injustice. But I wonder how true that is. As I sit here this morning, the American Congress is deadlocked over such issues as extending aid to the unemployed and giving equal pay to women for doing the same work […]
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Gay Rights – the Backlash

Pat Buchanan (above) says God hates gays and loves Vladimir Putin because the Russian president has outlawed homosexuality. I haven’t heard from God on that topic recently, but I am sure Buchanan is mistaken. That voice he heard was from the Demon of Bigotry, not from our Creator. God made us all, in all our […]
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