A Tale of Woe Unravels

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Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Cigna and the biggest of them all, United Health Group are up in arms. The health insurance giants say they cannot make a profit working within the confines of the Affordable Care Act. I certainly hope that sob story doesn’t … [Read more...]

Grandpa, Where Did Rock and Roll Come From?

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I’m on vacation this week, so while I’m on the beach, I thought I’d entertain you and push my most recent book, From Zero to Puberty and Other Life Stories. It’s a fun look back at baby boomers and our journey through the fifties, sixties, and … [Read more...]

In Search of Leaders

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A month ago we had a discussion about how to begin solving America’s race bias and grab for power (“History Helps Heal”, MLN, July 14, 2016). Both plague our country. We are fully aware that our economy is in need of work and our old and overused … [Read more...]

Donald Trump’s Views of America Are Wrong

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Donald Trump’s greatest asset is that he single handedly holds the ability to provide fodder for commentators at a pace we can’t possibly match. His acceptance speech last week could keep me in fresh, new topics until 2032 when Pres. Elizabeth Warren … [Read more...]

History Helps Heal

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When the unthinkable occurs, when superlatives seem to be the only comparisons available, I seek historical assistance. We’ve done this before, but the problems remain–problems we should have gotten past by now. Our unwillingness to deal with racial … [Read more...]

Colonial Mass Murders–Rare as Hen’s Teeth

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The Bill of Rights is a compromise. The Second Amendment is part of that compromise. Its adoption in 1791, two years after the Constitution, was the realization of a promise to appease the states’ rights factions, who would not have ratified the … [Read more...]

Reflecting on Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali was a walking contradiction. He was reported to have had a substandard IQ, but possessed the ability to speak to an entire population. Early in his career he was one of the most polarizing people ever. He was either beloved or reviled … [Read more...]

Nothing Newsworthy About Restrooms

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Let’s have a conversation about public restrooms. I hesitate to call them “bathrooms” as we generally don’t bathe in public. I guess they really aren’t for resting either, but polite conversation prohibits me from calling them “poo palaces” or worse. … [Read more...]

A Melting Pot of Economic Policies

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As we get deeper into this 2016 national election, at some point we will be faced with debate about our slowly rebounding economy. The airwaves will be filled with chatter about what to do about those who have a lot of money and those who do not. It … [Read more...]

Tragic, Shakespearian Actors in Gray Flannel Uniforms

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"Play ball!" I love hearing that refrain. It comes from the depths of the thoracic cavity of baseball’s men in blue. It is a rite of spring just as surly as the sight of a robin in the Midwest and a cactus bloom in the desert. Spring: the metaphor … [Read more...]