Do You Trust the Polls?

There are nearly 150 million registered voters in America. And, from time to time, I read about polls claiming to speak for us all. Forgive me if I am a little skeptical. I know the people who conduct the polls are experts at what they do, and they spent years learning to extrapolate accurate results from […]
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Who is Matt Lauer, Anyway?

“Now, that’s a Commander-in-Chief! If he can scare the hell out of Matt Lauer, just imagine what he can do to ISIS.” New Yorker cartoon I must live a sheltered life because I’d never heard Matt Lauer’s name before Wednesday night’s “town hall” on NBC and MSNBC. And I hope I never hear it again. […]
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When Allies Get Ugly

So the new president of the Philippines called President Obama a “son of a wh—” (rhymes with snore). With an ally like this, you might say America doesn’t need enemies. But Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (above) is still an ally of the US. And in this dangerous world, allies are necessary. So Barack Obama showed his maturity by […]
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Do We Deserve Trump?

  As Alexis de Tocqueville is supposed to have said, people get the government they deserve. And if Donald Trump becomes US President, the old saying will be proved right. Trump’s victory would be the result of gross negligence on the part of decent Americans who just couldn’t be bothered to vote. A new CNN/ORC […]
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Take it Off! Take it Off!

  Don’t you think it’s strange that in the year 2016, when we routinely send exploratory rockets into space, women still think it’s normal to smear gunk on their faces in the bizarre belief that it will make them look better? I can understand how the ancient Egyptians might think that painting their faces would make […]
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In Usain’s Shadow

The Olympic games are history and the eyes of the world have moved on to newer attractions, but I haven’t said all I want to say about the historic spectacle in Rio. I would like to give belated laurels to Elaine Thompson.  Like Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter won both the 100-meter and 200-meter events. She […]
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Where’s Hermine?

  I was expecting Hermine to pass by, drenching us with torrential rain and blowing down some of the old oak trees that abound in this neck of the woods. But it doesn’t look as if anything like that is going to happen. The tropical storm – and potential hurricane – is tracking more to the north […]
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Going Bananas

  I read somewhere that Jamaican sprinters eat a lot of bananas, and I was not surprised. I, too,  am a banana eater of long standing. When my dad was overseer of Paradise, a plantation near Hope Bay in Portland, Jamaica, he kept a big bin full of ripe bananas by the wall to the […]
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The Forgotten Americans

  America’s first people have been neglected and abused for centuries. And their plight gets little or no attention. But every once in a while, the media show some interest. They’re in the spotlight now, for example, because of a 1,100-mile pipeline project that would endanger their lands. The pipeline, about the same length as the […]
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Health is not a Commodity

Nearly four decades after coming to the US from Canada (and before that, Jamaica), I am still bewildered by some aspects of American society. One of the things that puzzle me most is the concept of health as a commodity – to be bought and sold, profited from and bankrupted by. The recent price manipulations […]
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