October 2020

With divided Americans talking past one another, this is a good time to remember what makes America great. Here are just a few examples. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with Read More

In 2006, I completed a survey entitled, Honesty and Trust in America. While the study took place 14 years ago, the solutions from more than 8,000 Americans are more relevant than ever.

“When it comes to grading the level of trustworthiness of various groups … Read More

During the Trump presidency, 35 to 40 percent of Americans have been overwhelmed by a fever of fear: fear of immigrants; fear of black and brown Americans; fear of election security. (The only thing he has told supporters not to fear is the coronavirus.) Trump’s … Read More

The Power of Dialogue and Hope

Hope is not only the light that can be found at the end of the tunnel. It is also the light, faint and flickering, though it may be, that can help us navigate the darkness of our times.  – Archbishop Desmond TuTu

I recently read … Read More

Character Counts! Week

In personal relationships, in school, at the workplace – in life – who you are makes a difference. – Michael Josephson, founder, Character Counts! program

While I have been critical of President Trump on a variety of issues, I appreciate him taking the time to … Read More

Information and Analysis We Can All Use

The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue. – Edward R. Murrow, 20th century journalist. No doubt Murrow would be outraged by Donald Trump’s daily false information … Read More

The Lincoln Project

It’s not much of a stretch to say that honest Abe would be outraged at the lies, bombast and buffoonery coming from our current president. Even more outrageous are the Republicans that either support or remain silent at his behavior. There are, however, many more … Read More

This is Not Normal

In 1976, the Senate named an office building for Michigan Senator Philip Hart. Above the entrance to that building are words written by his colleagues who praised Hart for being… “A man of incorruptible integrity and personal courage strengthened by inner grace and outer gentleness. Read More

I don’t know about you, but I am spent – emotionally, psychologically spent from everything Trump does, declares, defies, defiles, denies and doublebacks. For nearly four years, the country has endured Trump’s erratic autocracy from name-calling to pulling out of treaties; from Twitter rants to … Read More

Truth, Context, Perspective

For more than two decades, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith reported the events of the day without fear, favor or attacks from President Trump and the network’s opinionistas. Nonetheless, Smith shocked his colleagues a year ago when he ended his broadcast to announce his departure.… Read More