Recent Commentaries

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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 with these familiar words, “…and now, a few minutes with Andy Rooney.” Thus, would begin a witty...
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September 30, 2011
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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 under the “fair use” category of U.S. copyright law whereby I could use such a photo as...
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September 28, 2011
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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 any other president of this century,” Cannon says, “Ford was chosen for his integrity and trustworthiness; his...
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September 26, 2011
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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 ‘shared sacrifice,’ Mr. Buffett said in the New York Times last month. “But when they did the asking,  » Read more about: Buffett on...
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September 23, 2011
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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 the same congresswoman who declared at a Florida rally, “I don’t know how much God...
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September 21, 2011
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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 day and the decisions that I have made, I say to myself — well, I...
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September 19, 2011
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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 exasperated to the point of exploding at this reductive and ideological stance taken by Congress, particularly the so-called ‘Tea Party.’ I...
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September 16, 2011
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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 by the suggestion of that question that I fumbled my answer… badly. I said something like, “Well,...
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September 14, 2011
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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 institutes, it cripples the readiness of our defense. When you have a woman in that...
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September 12, 2011
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Heroes
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, as well. Cary Sheih was working in the towers on a project for the Port...
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September 9, 2011