The State of the Union

  The election of Donald Trump to the highest post in the land leaves me wondering whether the states can remain united.  There is so little to unite Alabama and Oregon for example. Or Mississippi and Massachusetts. The United States has grown so large that democracy apparently doesn’t work any longer. Each state is a country […]
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Curing America’s Sickness

  If this election has done nothing else, it has exposed America’s deep-rooted sickness. And perhaps in the long run, that will turn out to be a blessing. If the status quo had been maintained, the sickness might have festered beneath the surface and grown even more morbid – perhaps even fatal. Now that Trump […]
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Make Way for the Robots

Sofia, an artificially intelligent robot, speaks with Ben Goertzel, AI researcher (left) and Mike Butcher (right), from TechCrunch, at this week’s Web Summit in Lisbon. As America grapples with perceived problems from the past, the problems of the future loom ever closer. And I wonder whether anyone is paying attention. It seems, for example, that Donald Trump’s […]
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Time to Prepare for 2020

  If you’ve missed my blogs this past week and wondered where I was, I was in the hospital. Bleeding ulcer. If you’ve been there, you know. If you haven’t, trust me, you don’t want to know. Messy. Scary. Altogether not nice. And look what you-all did while I was incapacitated! It’s a sad situation […]
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Comey’s Bombshell is a Dud

  To anyone with a grain of sense, Hillary’s latest email “scandal” is absurd. This wretched Republican ploy to save Trump at the last minute is so obvious that I doubt any voters but  diehard Trump supporters will pay attention to it. During my newspaper days, I was always met with silence from law enforcement officers when […]
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Freezing in a Warming World

  Brace yourself for a flurry from the climate change deniers this winter. According to a recently released study, parts of North America are in for bitter cold. And you know the scoffers will use the freezing weather to mock those of us alarmed by the warming of the world. They don’t understand how climate change works. […]
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Scams are a Major Industry

  Is it just me, or do you get those phone calls from various faraway places warning you that your computer is messed up? The person on the phone – who claims to be a “Windows Technical Department” employee – wants you to let them control your computer remotely so they can show you all the […]
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Fixing Obamacare

  When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law six years ago, it was a historic achievement, but it was based on a bargain that has not been kept. President Obama did not have the support in Congress for a government-run health care system. Even some of his own Democrats opposed that proposal. So he […]
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Yes!!! The Women are Voting!

  Sandra and I just voted. Early voting in our part of Florida started yesterday. There was quite a crowd at the Polk County government complex on Parker Street, and I noticed something encouraging. There were a lot of women. Old women, young women, middle-aged women, handicapped women, some barely able to drag themselves to the […]
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A “Progressive” No More?

I used to think of myself as a Progressive. I think the rich should help the poor, the strong should help the weak, the young should help the old, the law should protect us all equally… I am totally in favor of a government-run health care system. I think utilities, insurance, criminal justice, the post […]
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