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Presidential persuasion

It is fashionable these days to speak about “teaching moments.” The crisis du jour often becomes one. Well, there is a teaching moment emanating from the White House that is... read more...


Interesting times

You can tell your grandkids you lived in historic times. You witnessed key turning points for billions of people. One is the energy revolution. Maybe you hate fossil fuels.... read more...


Torch Obamacare

Republicans, here is a vote-winning idea for you. Create a huge bonfire. On the mall in Washington. Have everybody bring copies of the massive Obamacare bill. Pile them high. ... read more...


The age of irony

‘Tis the Age of Irony. That is, an era when what is happening is opposite to what our leaders expect. Opposite to what they promise, predict and promote. ‘Tis the age of chea... read more...


The Ebola blame game

The political dogs were frothing this week. They blamed George W. Bush for the Ebola outbreak. One TV ad proclaimed that “Republican Cuts Kill”. It claimed big healthcare cuts... read more...


Their own laws

Forgive me for my thickness, please. But these items are in the news a lot and I don’t understand them. One is how various institutions act as if they have their own laws. Fo... read more...


Who cares in the NFL?

You no doubt have heard of the current mess in the NFL over violence. Not violence on the field. The violence of some players off the field. They have been caught beating thei... read more...


A history lesson

The mess around Iraq makes me wonder if anyone in this administration reads history. After WWI many Europeans were at each other’s throats. They shifted borders, stole land f... read more...


Getting what we deserve

As you know, our president is not so popular these days. Most every move he makes is opposed by a majority of Americans. Well, we deserve this. We the people elected him. Wit... read more...


Loving a uniform

There’s something about most of us that loves a uniform. Whether we wear it or see it on somebody else. And there is something about conformity. Most of us love it. Maybe you... read more...


The end of tenured teachers?

Have the bullies met their match? You will soon find out. In New York. Earlier this year a few groups challenged the teacher tenure laws of California. They argued that tenur... read more...


Elemental corruption

Remember the periodic table of elements in your chemistry book? H for Hydrogen. L for Lithium, etc. Maybe we ought to add one: NY. For corruption. We should. It is elemental.... read more...


Exceptional Americans

Are Americans exceptional? We debate this question endlessly. Especially near our Fourth of July. Years ago on The Fourth a friend from China strolled along the Hudson with m... read more...


A climatic change

First – please note ad for my latest play. At the end of this column. Next, suppose a scientist came forth with absolute proof that Mohammed and Christ are girls. And they li... read more...


Selling solar flight

Maybe you saw these two stories recently. One was of a development of high glamor and excitement. You will see much more about it. But it probably will only affect your life ... read more...



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