Recent Commentaries

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Are Vaccination Mandates Ethical?
To mandate, or not to mandate, that is the question. For 18 months, Americans have tolerated masks, travel, and event restrictions, and virtual home hibernation. “Overall in the United States, 74.1 percent of Americans over five years old have at least one coronavirus shot, and 62.8 percent are fully vaccinated.” However, just when you thought it was safe to step...
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November 30, 2021
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Worth Remembering
“You see George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away?”— Clarence the angel, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It’s a Wonderful Life has become a staple during the holiday season, (except for those addicted to the Hallmark Channel). George Bailey is a good and decent man with family...
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November 24, 2021
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If I Spoke to the House
If I were a member of the House of Representatives, here’s what I would’ve said to my colleagues last week. A member of this body recklessly posted an animated video that depicted them killing another member. We all know the difference between right and wrong. We all know what action we would take if any of our sons or daughters...
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November 22, 2021
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Three Stories, Same Message
Three stories this week are linked by a common thread: Defiance. “I’m telling you right now,” Trump ally Steve Bannon told reporters outside an FBI field office in Washington, “this is going to be the misdemeanor from hell for Merrick Garland, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden.” We’re “going to go on the offense,” Bannon said even as he live-streamed a...
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November 19, 2021
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Aaron Rodgers
“If the vaccine is so great, how come people are still getting Covid and spreading Covid and unfortunately, dying from Covid?”— Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers Sports reporter Kurt Streeter writes, “Apparently, Rodgers missed the memo that while they are not foolproof, the vaccines are close to 90 percent effective and by far the best tools we...
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November 16, 2021
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The Poison We Live With
“Rot in hell.” “Traitor.” Washington has become ground zero for a poisonous virus fueled by Donald Trump. After 13 Republicans joined Democrats in a bipartisan bill on rebuilding America’s infrastructure—something most Americans need and want—they’re met with insults because the bill was part of a democratic president’s agenda. “One caller told Representative Don Bacon of Nebraska that they hoped he...
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November 12, 2021
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We Need More Heroes
“Courage shows up all the time in this world and often without any fanfare.”—Michael Keaton, in a 2018 speech honoring the centennial celebration of the founding of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission by Andrew Carnegie. On July 20, 2012 the horrific shooting an Aurora, Colorado movie theater left 12 dead, and 70 wounded. Heroism arrived on the scene when first...
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November 9, 2021
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America’s Character
Revisiting Jon Meacham’s book, The Soul of America, I was struck by a quote by historian and civil rights activist, W.E.B. Dubois. Writing in Black Reconstruction in America, Dubois observes, “Back of the writing, yelling, cruel-eyed demons who break, destroy, maim and lynch and burn at the stake, is a knot, large or small, of normal human beings, and these...
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November 5, 2021
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One Truth
Every Republican in Congress who has dismissed, downplayed, falsely labeled, remained silent, or criticized the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol should be required to watch Four Hours at The Capitol in its entirety. Except they won’t. Why? Because their personal interests take precedent over the people they were elected to represent and serve. Because...
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November 2, 2021