January 2020

Sign of the Times

I beg your indulgence. Due to my watching the opening impeachment arguments in the Senate — to be used in a future commentary — I am postponing my interview with a U.S. congressman until Thursday.

Discussing sign stealing in college football, Miami University coach Chuck … Read More

As I write this commentary, I’m watching Chief Justice John Roberts ask all 100 Senators to stand and take a special oath for the Impeachment Trial of President Trump. “Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Read More

(With apologies to Stephen Vincent Benét) It’s a story they tell about a land that occupied the smallest place in a once powerful nation.

Now, all that power was concentrated in one spot and one group whose fear of losing their authority was so great … Read More

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”   — George Santayana, Spanish philosopher

At the most critical juncture of the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Kennedy was facing the very real possibility of nuclear war with Russia. In a speech to the American … Read More

A Little Compassion; a Lot of Joy

Note: Will return on Monday with an analysis of the U.S./Iran crisis. Eleven-year old Ruby Chitsey was not like most sixth graders who were into sports and pageantry. “If you don’t do those things in rural Arkansas,” Ruby’s mother, Amanda Chitsey said, “you are really … Read More

As a New York Times editorial (Jan. 3), cogently puts it: “The real question to ask about the American drone attack that killed Major General Qassim Suleimani was not whether it was justified, but whether it was wise.”

Several years ago at Christmas time, I … Read More

John Lewis – Act of Grace

With news that Congressman John Lewis — the last of the Civil Rights protestors who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King — was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, I was reminded of a commentary I posted ten years ago about an extraordinary act of … Read More