Who Lurks in the Shadows?

  The days when organized crime figures robbed banks and gunned down one another are long gone. Now, that kind of thing is left to lone strays, street gangs and the like. Today’s organized criminals are more likely to be involved in white-collar heists. They manipulate stock futures and cook the books of multibillion-dollar corporations for example. […]
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A Cowardly Congress

  Shame on you, Bob Corker (in picture, right)! Shame on you, Marco Rubio (in picture , left)!  Shame on you for deciding to vote for the tax bill, after all. And shame on all of you spineless Republicans in Congress for supporting this repulsive piece of legislation. The bill steals from working Americans to reward […]
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A Tale of Two Worlds

While Canada’s prime minister was being feted in Washington, the Republican presidential finalists were butting heads in Miami.  The contrast was staggering. Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama (photo above) are obviously birds of a feather, true believers, messengers of hope and advocates of positive change. They share a world vision based on inclusiveness, compassion and brotherhood. The Republican […]
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Facing a Toxic Choice

Civilization has made great progress in the past century. But progress has not been even. It has come in lurches and reverses. Like a burlap sack filled with crabs, society is pulled this way and that as individuals and special interests struggle to reach their disparate goals. We can only hope that, somehow, the sack of […]
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A Trashy Spectacle

  Last night’s Republican debate was a dispiriting display of vulgarity and venom. If you began the debate thinking Donald Trump was a guttersnipe, I’m sure you thought even worse of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio before it was over. Rubio (above, fleft), who has a shady record blotted by ethics abuses while in the […]
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Message from Elm Street

Manchester’s Elm Street is the kind of main thoroughfare you might find anywhere in the American Northeast. It borders the Merrimack River with neat rows of square-cut brick buildings. On any other Super Bowl Sunday, Elm Street would be pretty much deserted. But not this Sunday. This is the day before the day before the New Hampshire […]
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Lying Like You Mean it

  I bet you didn’t watch the Republican debate last night, and you know that’s bad. Where is your sense of civic duty?  You missed the seven dwarfs in all their histrionic glory. So how do you know who to vote for? OK, so you wouldn’t vote for any of those guys, anyway. You’re wavering between […]
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Marco and the Cocaine Cowboy

The media are aghast at Hillary’s speaking fees. Did you hear about it? She took $675,000 to enlighten the folks at Goldman Sachs! Oh the shame! Oh the horror! Really guys? You don’t seem too worried about Marco Rubio’s cocaine connection. Yes, really. That clean-cut Marco (photo at right), with his neatly trimmed hair and […]
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In the Age of Rage

  The American voter is in a mood. I hink it started with that sleazy bank bailout after Wall Street gamblers crashed the global economy. Workers lost their jobs. Families lost their homes. Investors lost their pensions and savings. Iceland went broke… You remember? It was a mess. Then the government rewarded the crooks with […]
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The Immigration Morass

  You might be surprised when you hear Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz vowing to close America’s borders and get tough with “illegal immigrants.” After all, both are sons of Cuban immigrants. (Ted Cruz is half-Cuban; his mother was Anglo. Both of Rubio’s parents came from Cuba.) But neither Cruz nor Rubio represents the majority […]
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