Recent Commentaries

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No Ordinary Joe
These days, Washington is loaded with bad news, cynicism, corruption, and perhaps more division than we have all seen in our lifetimes. But at Thirteenth Street and Potomac Avenue, the kindness of strangers still exists and … so does gratitude. As reported by WUSA, channel 9 in D.C. (Aug. 22), “The notes appeared mysteriously overnight. “A mysterious heart attack victim...
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October 30, 2019
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One Final Piece of Wisdom From Elijah
In the midst of trouble and turmoil in our nation’s Capitol, a giant of a man, a fervent spokesman of equality for all and a representative of the state of Maryland quietly passed from this world. And the divisive infighting in Congress paused for a moment to honor a man who fought all his life for the best interests of...
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October 28, 2019
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What General Mattis Could Have Said
Much has been said regarding General James Mattis’ speech at a recent event. Here’s my take. James Mattis, one of America’s foremost generals, served and led in the Gulf War, as well as wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, later serving as Donald Trump’s secretary of defense before vacating that position. In his resignation letter, Mattis wrote to the president saying,...
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October 21, 2019
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Mick Mulvaney Tells All!
Even as Gordon Sondland – appointed by Trump as ambassador to the European Union – was testifying in a closed-door session in Congress, Mick Mulvaney, the president’s acting chief of staff, held a little press conference in the White House publicly saying what we all knew for the last several weeks, that there was, in fact, a “quid pro quo”...
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October 18, 2019
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This Man Deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, Period!
José Andrés is the celebrity chef known round the world, not just for his popular cuisines, but as commander-in-chef and founder of World Central Kitchen. Not only does he go to countries ravaged by hurricanes and floods, he literally feeds millions. “Nearly two years ago,” The Washington Post writes (Sept. 3), “José Andrés and World Central Kitchen found themselves battling...
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October 16, 2019
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They don’t give awards for integrity…
The only time I watch Fox News is when Shepard Smith is the anchor for the mid-day news, the factual news, the honest news, not the distortions put forth by those so-called opinion guys on the network. It really isn’t surprising that the vast majority of Fox revenues are brought in by those other guys that pander to the president,...
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October 14, 2019
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Deal with the Devil
Wednesday’s commentary was an attempt to put a light spin on what has grown into a clear constitutional crisis amid the silence of most Republicans. After Trump’s surprise announcement that he will pull American troops from Syria and abandon not only the Kurds who are struggling to fight ISIS, but our allies, Senate Republicans are silent no more. “This betrayal...
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October 11, 2019
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“Here are today’s contestants: “He’s the millionaire Utah Senator who ran for president and lost… say hello to… Mitt Romney; she’s the 20-year Senator from Maine, Susan Collins. And finally, she’s the freshman Wyoming Representative whose father once served as vice-president… say hello to… Liz Chaney. “And now, here’s the host of Jeopardy… Alex Trebeck!” “Thank you,  » Read more about:...
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October 9, 2019
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Two Uplifting Stories
Two recent stories prove two things: first that there is much more to the news than what happens in Washington; second, that sportsmanship and compassion are alive and well. In the 5000-meter race of the Track and Field World Championships in Doha, Qatar, Jonathan Busby of Aruba, near exhaustion, was helped by another competitor in the race. “…it was so...
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October 7, 2019
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That’s how many doses of oxycodone, hydromorphone, fentanyl and other opioids Virginia Dr. Joel Smithers illegally dispensed to patients over a two year period. In a press release from the Department of Justice in the Western State of Virginia (May 9), “…Smithers, a Martinsville-based doctor, was found guilty today of 861 federal drug charges at the conclusion of a nine-day...
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October 4, 2019