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Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016
Core issue of violence should be addressed (08/24/16)
If nothing else, the left is predictable. A house party in Bridgeport, Conn. -- complete with DJ and alcohol sales -- turned ugly this past weekend when two thugs ambushed party goers and wounded 13 people. But before the gun smoke had cleared, the opportunistic Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal called for additional gun control measures...
It's time to develop school facilities plan (08/20/16)
It's that time of year when students return to school and parents -- some at least -- battle with the empty nest syndrome. The school year is always an exciting time despite what some students will admit. It's a combination of learning and structure that is essential to molding the future leaders of our city, our region and our nation...
Clinton's immigration plan is all about votes (08/17/16)
The somewhat less-than-Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton this week unveiled her latest campaign tactic which involves enlisting young illegal immigrants to mount a voter drive on her behalf. The Clinton campaign is seeking thousands of young volunteers -- the undocumented Dreamers courted by the current President -- to get out the vote even though they themselves are prohibited from voting...
The lack of civility threatens our future (08/13/16)
It's easy to view today's political and social landscape with a healthy amount of dismay and sadness. If you're prone to worrying, then this is your time to shine. From ISIS to illegal immigration and all points in between, there is ample cause for concern...
Change at White House won't heal nation (08/10/16)
As sad as it may sound, nothing will change following the Presidential election in November. Sure, we'll have new leadership and a major changing of the guard. But on the critical issues that divide this nation, nothing will change. At least not immediately...
Bias mass media endangers the nation (08/06/16)
Of the mountains of declining values that has become the United States, none in my mind compares to the massive fraud and partisanship that has become the mass media in this country. A cornerstone in a democracy is an impartial, fair media. We depend on those who daily monitor and watch the political process. We depend on them because we cannot be as close to the process as they are...
Local races deserve attention Tuesday (07/30/16)
After months of endless television commercials, the long primary election process finally comes to an end on Tuesday. In a Presidential election year, lower candidates often get lost in the political discussion as we focus on the all-important race at the top of the ballot...
Beware of the left, both here and abroad (07/27/16)
As the political season heats up, we are beginning to learn the extent to which the progressive left will stoop to get their way. A massive batch of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee this week revealed an extensive, sophisticated and highly-orchestrated plot to undo the growing success of rogue candidate Bernie Sanders in favor of their anointed hopeful Hillary Clinton...
Polls don't always reflect voters' intent (07/23/16)
I'm not sure when polling became an "important" part of each political campaign but at this point in the cycle of politics, I have zero confidence in virtually any poll, especially national poll results. I have long been convinced that issues don't drive poll results - poll results drive issues...
New approach needed in facing our problems (07/20/16)
Given the warp-speed of rapidly changing world events, there is always concern writing a newspaper column two full days in advance to meet a publication deadline. Over this past weekend, as would be expected, I had hoped to focus on the GOP nominating convention...
Government overreach extends into churches (07/17/16)
The Obama administration's constant overreach of the federal government continues unabated. The overreach is threatening our military with transgender mandates and the removal of all religious themes within the military. The overreach is threatening our education system with federal programs like Common Core. ...
Some use tragedy to push own agenda (07/13/16)
By any definition, this past week has been both tragic and unsettling in countless ways. Yet by now we have come to reluctantly accept the growing polarization along racial lines that erupted once again this week. Pundits galore have opined with their views on the underlying cause of this division and yet, even in the arena of competing opinions, there remains a deep divide...
It isn't the guns but mindset of shooters (07/09/16)
Like everyone else, I (hopefully) get up every morning and go about my daily routine. Our days are built around our own personal priorities - family, work, church, etc. All of us would like to think we are doing the right thing - we volunteer, we try to help others in need, we try to be honest and we know the difference between right and wrong...
Far left seizes control of Democratic issues (07/06/16)
Just four short years ago, when Barack Obama was running for re-election, the Democratic Party platform addressed the sticky question of illegal immigration this way: "Undocumented immigrants should 'get right' with the law, learn English, and pay taxes in order to get on a path to earn citizenship."...
Nixon's budget cuts are welcomed effort (07/02/16)
Gov. Jay Nixon looked more like a small-government, conservative Republican than a big-government Democrat this week when he sliced $430 million from the recently approved state budget. And, I like what I saw. You can argue all day long about the specifics of the Nixon budget cuts but what you can't argue is that Nixon wants the state to tighten its financial belt...
Former TV anchor just keeps on sinking (06/29/16)
Dan Rather was once important. Influential. Respected. Granted, there was that mysterious episode when Rather claimed to be mugged by some strange assailant. But it was Dan Rather and we gave him a pass. Then came along a juicy story about George W. Bush dodging the draft. Though the story had little factual basis, Rather jumped at the bait...
Paying a painful price for huckster's advice (06/25/16)
The pain of others should not provoke humor. In this case, I'm sorry, but it does. Here's the background. You've probably heard of motivational guru Tony Robbins, the highly-photogenic mogul who promises to unlock your hidden potential by attending his somewhat costly seminars...
Pay attention to what is behind the curtain (06/22/16)
There's a pivotal scene in the "Wizard of Oz" when the "wizard" - far from a "wizard" in reality - is caught hiding behind a curtain and his real identity is about to be discovered. The "wizard" warns Dorothy and her band of followers not to pay attention to what's going on behind the curtain. Of course, Dorothy ignores his warning and uncovers the truth...
Bernie may be gone, but his vision lives on (06/15/16)
Though the outcomes are virtually assured, there remains a final breath in the Presidential primary season. Small rumbles still can be heard concerning a potential push-back to Donald Trump on the GOP side and the ever-popular Sen. Bernie Sanders remains optimistic that his voice will be heard on the convention floor...
Administration takes aim at nation's police (06/11/16)
In our current atmosphere of hypersensitive discussions on racial issues in this country, the false narrative of racial profiling has to take the cake. This phony red herring is nothing more than an additional wedge to divide communities along racial lines...
Public's distrust grows over immigration (06/08/16)
What should we expect from our federal government? It seems a valid question given the upcoming presidential election and the stark differences in the choices facing Americans this November. At the top of the expectations' list should be the protection of the American people. The feds should also - we would hope - make decisions and tailor programs that benefit all Americans, not just a few selected special interests...
Uncertainty of nation fuels tension in U.S. (06/04/16)
It seems to me there is a feeling of tension in the air fueled by the political decisions facing this nation later this year. A growing number of Americans are increasingly worried over the future of this great nation in ways I've never experienced...
Lack of tolerance is tearing nation apart (06/01/16)
Most Americans this week hopefully paused and pondered the significance and meaning of Memorial Day. Artist and activist John Sims has a different tradition. The Florida-based civil rights and reparation advocate uses the truly American holiday to push for the removal and destruction of all Confederate flags through his Burn and Bury project. (We'll get to that later.)...
Name calling won't solve our problems (05/18/16)
Once again this past week, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus played the race card against opponents of the president's latest progressive scheme. The argument was - as it has been for the past eight years - that the president's opponents were racists and prone to oppose the president's policies only because of his skin color...
Just like Nemo, we're caught up in the 'net (05/14/16)
Did you know the attention span of a goldfish is approximately 8 seconds? For starters, if you truly knew this isolated and useless tidbit of information, you need to examine your life. But regardless, a new study by some unknown person who does useless studies shows that in today's hyper-tech society, humans and goldfish share the same attention span...