Since President Trump signed an executive order (Jan. 27), temporarily banning all travel from seven countries and suspending immigration of refugees from Syria to the U.S., much has happened in one week.

Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen: “These countries,” the BBC News … Read More

Since last Friday (Jan. 27), when President Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven countries for at least the next 90 days, this website has received a higher than usual response rate, largely due to a commentary I wrote last year.

Fact-Checking a Read More

Call it Whatever You Want

In the Tom Hanks Cold War drama, Bridge of Spies, U.S. attorney James Donovan is assigned to defend known Russian spy Rudolf Abel. After predictably losing the case, Donovan persuades the judge to give Abel a prison term instead of a death sentence. At … Read More

The List

On Friday (Jan. 27), President Trump followed through on one of his signature campaign promises.

One year ago, this month (Jan. 20), I wrote about candidate Trump’s planned Muslim ban (Fact-Checking a Reader, which has elicited additional response since Friday). Here’s what Trump … Read More

Make America Civil Again – Conclusion

On March 4, 1865, near the end of a Civil War that divided the nation like no other in our history, President Abraham Lincoln stood to deliver his second inaugural address.

Lincoln understood that the reconstruction of the South – both physically and emotionally – … Read More

Make America Civil Again – Part 2

courtesy Dan Piraro, Bizarro.com

Waiting at a small regional airport for a connecting flight, I passed through the security area and am sitting in the lounge waiting for the plane to load when another passenger, carrying two large bags, approaches the security check point.

This … Read More

Make America Civil Again – Part 1

ci·vil·i·ty

formal politeness and courtesy in behavior and speech.

courtesy Dan Piraro, Bizarro.com

Last year, civility took a beating – from rallies to street protestors; from road rage to political rage. Civility was pushed to the back of the bus, and shouted down every time … Read More