In a World on the Brink

  The attempted coup in Turkey is one more sign that the global balance of power is teetering, that one false step could plunge the world into Armageddon. At a time like this, you have to pray that Donald Trump does not become leader of the free world. If ever there was a bull in […]
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Putting Things in Perspective

  In the wake of the horror in Nice, what Donald Trump decides to do about a running mate seems completely inconsequential. The sheer monstrosity of the terrorist attack diminishes any concerns we might have about domestic politics today. The human society is coming apart at the seams, that’s what matters. Human beings are losing […]
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Yes, Cops are People, too

  As I seethe with rage at the news of another appalling shooting by police, I have to concede that I have never walked in a law officer’s shoes, and I wouldn’t want to. Theirs is a job I do not envy. I met a lot of police officers as a reporter, of course. Some […]
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When You’ve Had Enough

  There’s a saying in Jamaica: Every day bucket go to well, one day the bottom will drop put. That saying comes to mind as I watch the protests on TV and hear the newscasts about that tragedy in Dallas, the shooting of black men by police and the other signals of a failing society. Has the […]
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Fleeing a Trump Presidency

In an interview with the New York Times,  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (at right) joked that if Donald Trump becomes President, she will move to New Zealand. In our house, that idea is no joke. Sandra and I will seriously consider moving to Canada if Trump wins in November. And we are not alone. Canada looks […]
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A Beacon of Hope

  As I watched Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber compete in the finals at Wimbledon this morning, I was thrilled not only by their athleticism and skill but perhaps even more by the powerful symbolism of the event. In a world where racial animosity seems to be at its historic peak, the two women presented a stark contrast in […]
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Those Damn Emails

  This nation is at war at home and abroad.  As US troops battle enemies in foreign lands, white American police officers and black civilians are gunning down each other across the country. In Baton Rouge a black man is shot dead at point blank range while two cops straddle his helpless body. In St. Paul, a black man is […]
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The FBI Hatchet Man

  I spent a lifetime in the news business and I’ve never heard a law enforcement official slander a “suspect” the way Hillary Clinton is being slandered. FBI Director James Comey (above) admits he has no grounds for indictment, but he scatters accusations like confetti. You would think if those accusations had any merit, he would have […]
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The Health Care Dream

  Americans might get single-payer health care after all, but it probably won’t come from Washington. Apparently, the health insurance lobby is too mighty and the public too gullible. Even President Obama at the peak of his popularity couldn’t beat such odds. He had to settle for Obamacare. Bernie Sanders might twist Hillary’s arm and get a […]
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The Hillary Witch Hunt

  Wall Street bankers stole billions and sent the world economy spiraling into an abyss yet not one of them has gone to jail.  Indeed, as far as I know, nobody is even “investigating” them. Hillary Clinton used her home computer for official correspondence and the FBI is trying to indict her. What is it […]
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