(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
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
Imagine a Country where everyone is respected
Where human rights are basic rights
A place where citizens work together
Interconnected and interdependent, like a family
Imagine a Nation whose greatest asset is diversity
Where equal opportunity and individual freedom live
Whose strength lies in … Read More
We’re all looking for positive stories. This editorial — from The New York Times, Sunday March 7, 1954, under the title, “The ‘Positive’ Story” — is more a warning to President Eisenhower, and offers many parallels to today’s headlines.
What many were unaware at the … Read More
In my 2005 book, What Do You Stand for? – Stories About Principles That Matter, I began tobacco insider Jeffrey Wigand’s story with these words:
What do you do when you discover something wrong? What do you do with what you know? Do you … Read More
This is not about Democrats vs. Republicans; this is about Right vs. Wrong.
America used to be the standard of moral behavior: liberty; justice for all; freedom of religion, press; human rights. While we haven’t always been perfect, we constantly strive toward a more perfect … Read More