September 2011

Sundays will never be the same

Most Sunday evenings, I tune in to watch 60 Minutes. The stories are relevant, fascinating and always newsworthy. Near the end of each show, one of a company of reporters would come out of commercial break and introduce the final member of the team … Read More

Crossroads, revised

On August 5th, I posted a commentary entitled, America at a Crossroads. The original image used (below) is a photograph entitled “Crossroads after a night of rain” photographed and copyrighted by Martin Liebemann.

I had originally believed the use of the photo to fall … Read More

Character, Courage – Part II

“Gerald R. Ford became President not because he was popular with the American public, not because he campaigned for the job, but because of his character,” writes James Cannon inCharacter Above All, a collection of essays about presidential character and courage.

“More than … Read More

Buffett on Fairness

When the Oracle of Omaha speaks not enough people…correction… not enough of the right people in Washington listen. By now, Mr. Buffett’s Op-Ed has circled the political and financial globe enough that most are aware of the basics.

“Our leaders have asked for … Read More

Bachmannian Ethics

While Aristotle is often referred to as the “philosopher of common sense” due to his works on logic, being, nature and ethics, Tea Party Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann eschews all of that in bringing forth all manner of false facts and flawed thinking.

This is … Read More

Character and Courage

“I’ll tell you,” Franklin Roosevelt once told a friend during the toughest years of his presidency, “at night when I lay my head on my pillow, and it is often pretty late, and I think of the things that have come before me during the … Read More

American at a Crossroads: Comments

Last month I posted a commentary asking you to respond to recent events in Washington. I asked you to tell me your thoughts; what you believed leaders in Washington should do; more importantly, what together we can all do.

One reader shared, “We are all … Read More

More Than a Dream

Not long ago, I was involved in a political discussion about the extent to which the federal government should be involved in social issues. The conversation ended with a question directed at me: What’s the purpose of the Civil Rights Act?
I was so stunned … Read More

Is This the Best We Can Do?

Is this the future of politics? Here is Texas Governor Rick Perry on evolution: “It’s a theory that’s out there. It’s got some gaps in it.” Here is former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell talking about women in the military: “By integrating women into particular military … Read More


Of all the stories concerning the attack on America September 11, 2001, I’m always drawn to stories of firefighters. 343 firefighters died in the World Trade Center towers 10 years ago; many after charging up 110 flights of stairs. 60 police and 8 paramedics died, … Read More