Category: Newspaper Commentary

The EPA and Citizen Job

April 21st, 2017, No Comments

Re: E.P.A. Chief, Rejecting Agency’s Science, Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide (NYT, 3/29/17) Link- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/us/politics/epa-insecticide-chlorpyrifos.html?_r=0 Reporter Eric Lipton wrote this interesting article regarding pesticides and the EPA, regarded as moribund among a myriad of federal agencies to wither on the vine of the national debt. Few would protest a desire to lower federal spending but […]

Israel In Flames

November 24th, 2016, No Comments

Terrorism has taken another route in Israel – fires have been burning out of control while multiple countries sent additional planes to drop water on our desert nation.  The city of Haifa, home to many University students and hi-tech industries is the latest blaze requiring tens of thousands to be evacuated.  The latest bulletin stated that […]

Your Money AND Your Life – The USA

October 27th, 2015, No Comments

The comedian, Jack Benny, used to answer this demand with the phrase, “I’m thinking, I’m thinking.” For Judge Wiggins of Marion, Alabama, that question was deemed part of the legal process in his courtroom. Life is no idyll for a judge in post-constitutional America but judicial review of process is not a dispensable part of […]

When It Isn’t All About You – The Indiana Law

April 7th, 2015, No Comments

(Links are not posting reliably so please excuse the URLs in the post used for proper attribution. I’ll be editing older posts for the same purpose.) Many states are seeking to reprise Federal restatements about religious freedoms. These state-by-state activities pose an urgent question. Why do legislators at local levels believe that kind of repetition […]

‘Ultra Nationalism’ – An Oxymoron for the Ages

December 28th, 2014, No Comments

To tell you the truth, I’m sick and tired of watching the equivalent of present-day Nazis hide behind the ridiculous label of “ultra-nationalism’. A person claiming to advocate nationalism from the point of view of a given group is promoting the framer’s view of their identity. Reform efforts still fall within boundaries intended by the […]

GITMO Comes to North Carolina

June 9th, 2014, 1 Comment

Obama faces some heavy charges of violating congressional process by trading Gitmo prisoners for an American held in Afghanistan for five years. While I won’t comment upon the politics of prisoner exchanges, I will applaud this action if it is the only way to close down Guantanamo Bay Prison. It is proof that we no […]

Redefining Capitalism- No Need!

April 22nd, 2011, No Comments

Paul Krugman’s column today is precisely the answer to our dogmatic allegiance to the word, “Capitalism”. When George W. Bush referred to us all as consumers, rather than citizens, it communicated the concept that our status had changed as residents. In addition, every single product and service in existence was somehow a commodity for purchase […]

Libya

April 3rd, 2011, No Comments

Nicholas Kristof always manages to raise our hopes for a future without oppression even as he details life at its worst for people (often women) around the world. In his latest column, he reminds us that the horrors of war are solely justifiable in the effort to preserve life. How can we condemn or ignore […]

Toxics: Common Threads from Fracking to Pesticides

February 27th, 2011, 2 Comments

The New York Times published an impressive article on ‘fracking’ or the extraction of gas fuel from deep underground wells by “…injecting huge amounts of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, at high pressures to break up rock formations and release the gas.”. Entitled, “Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers” by Ian […]

Yes, Virginia. There Are Economic Realities (Krugman and the SCOTUS)

January 31st, 2011, No Comments

Nobel prize-winning economist Professor Paul Krugman wrote his opinion of where the President might take the theme of his State of the Union address. The theme of concern was “competitiveness”. The column was of particular interest to me because my entire life was disrupted by a myth that we practiced capitalism in this country even […]

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