Thankful for the USA

  My daughter Grace and her husband Frank treated Sandra and me to Thanksgiving lunch at the Hilton Garden Inn yesterday. It was really pleasant dining and chatting with them, their sons Jonathan and Adam, and Frank’s sister Maria. Frank and Grace drove to Lakeland from Miami, and so did Adam, who picked up Jonathan […]
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The Myth of Compromise

  As Americans drift farther apart, you will hear calls for compromise between political factions, and the idea might seem seductive. But I doubt it’s possible. When we disagree about such basic concepts as compassion, decency and common sense, how can we find “common ground”? When it’s a question of right or wrong, there can be no […]
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The Millennial Riddle

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who became adults on or close to the year 2000, you’re being blamed for a multitude of problems, from the closing of various department stores to the waning popularity of golf. According to the pundits, you’re the reason golf courses are becoming deserted, theaters are closing, vineyards […]
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The Thug Life Culture

If Trump’s underworld connections were not already widely known, his rude, ugly behavior would be a dead giveaway. That’s how “gangstas” behave. The “made men” in the mob swagger, bully and brag, treat women with disrespect and tell fantastic lies. So do the “gangsta” rappers. So does Trump. And so do his minions. Montana Republican congressional candidate […]
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The Quality of Mercy

Who would take a trillion dollars from the poor and sick to provide billions in tax cuts for the richest Americans? And do it openly for all the world to see? The answer is 217 Republican members of the House of Representatives. And Trump. These people are prepared to let the poor sicken and die so that the […]
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Love it or Leave it

  The news that thousands, perhaps millions, of Americans are threatening to leave the country now that Donald Trump is President illustrates an important fact of life: We humans tend to seek the company of like minded people. Most of the disgruntled American voters probably won’t actually go to Canada, of course. That’s more complicated than […]
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A Tale of Two Destinies

  If you’ve ever pondered the complexity of American society, you must have wondered what is real and what is propaganda dreamed up to distract the population while sinister forces seek to run the show. Is the Trump charivari real, for example? Does this cartoon character reflect the true face – even one of the true faces […]
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My Choice Was Eleanor but…

  I would have voted for Eleanor Roosevelt to replace President Andrew Jackson on the face of the American twenty-dollar bill. But Harriet Tubman is a pretty good choice. Eleanor is one of my heroes. Not only because she cajoled the UN into adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also because of her lifelong concern […]
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Is Nothing Private?

  Whether we like it or not, we must live in the body God gave us. And that body has certain natural functions. You would think that everybody would have figured this out by now. So why is Hillary’s bathroom break such big news? Her tardiness in returning to the debate stage the other night […]
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Religion and the Law

  When Kim Davis broke the law, saying it conflicted with her Christian beliefs, the religious right rallied to her side. But when a retired Fort Lauderdale chef breaks the law because of motives I interpret as truly Christian, I don’t notice a nationwide uproar. Davis, as you probably know, has become famous and is […]
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