Category Archives: David Long

An automatic reflex

Print this articleRecently I wrote a short news story for the Free Press Facebook page about the armed robbery of a Durango pot shop in which I referred to the suspect’s weapon as an “automatic rifle.” In fact, it was an AR-15, … Continue reading

Published in David Long, May 2017

An automatic reflex

Print this articleRecently I wrote a short news story for the Free Press Facebook page about the armed robbery of a Durango pot shop in which I referred to the suspect’s weapon as an “automatic rifle.” In fact, it was … Continue reading

Published in David Long

Once upon a time in Berkeley. . .

Print this articleLike Forrest Gump, I have witnessed a few key historical events close up, though I lay no claim to having played any meaningful role in them, nor even having grasped their significance at the time. So the recent … Continue reading

Published in David Long, March 2017

Once upon a time in Berkeley. . .

Print this articleLike Forrest Gump, I have witnessed a few key historical events close up, though I lay no claim to having played any meaningful role in them, nor even having grasped their significance at the time. So the recent … Continue reading

Published in David Long, March 2017

Guns don’t kill people

Print this articleAs comedian Chris Rock has pointed out, guns don’t kill people, bullets do. So, Rock suggested, one way of reducing the number of firearm-related murders in this country might be to charge $10,000 for each round of ammo, … Continue reading

Published in David Long, November 2015

Scalia’s dissent is far out, man!

Print this articleWhen’s the last time you remember someone using the word “hippie”? If you say “quite a while,” that’s only because you haven’t read Justice Antonin Scalia’s hilarious dissent from the Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 decision declaring laws against … Continue reading

Published in David Long, July 2015

Collateral damage

Print this articleIt was called “collateral damage,” as though giving the random killing of human beings such a vaguely scientific name somehow took away its awful truth – that truth being our government was quite willing to take innocent Iraqi … Continue reading

Published in David Long, March 2015

Saints and sinners

Print this articleNone of us are angels, regardless of our good works and words, and most of us would readily concede this. But gently pointing this out in a profile of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot to death by … Continue reading

Published in David Long, September 2014

Something ought to be done, by golly

Print this articleIt was horrific. Once again, my whole weekend was thrown into complete disarray by current events. Last winter it was the shooting in Tucson of a Congresswoman and many others at a shopping center by a crazy man … Continue reading

Published in David Long, January 2013

A dark night for America

Print this articleLike all good-hearted Americans, I felt real bad for a little while about the recent recordbreaking mass slaughter inside an Aurora movie theater, then just mildly bad when I was reminded of it by the endless TV coverage. … Continue reading

Published in August 2012, David Long

Gun power

Print this articleOn any given month, there is almost bound to be at least one mass shooting in the good old land of the Second Amendment. The latest of these – or maybe not by the time this is published … Continue reading

Published in David Long, May 2012

What’s a life worth?

Print this articlePoet John Donne observed that no man is an island, and that the loss of anyone diminishes us all. This is, of course, a much more generous interpretation of our short time here on Earth than was expressed … Continue reading

Published in April 2012, David Long

Money holds sway in college sports

Print this articleI grew up not far from State College, Pa., home of the now-notorious Pennsylvania State University, and in fact one of my family graduated from there with a teaching degree. This was around the time “JoePa” – Penn … Continue reading

Published in David Long, December 2011

Maybe it wasn’t such an inexplicable act

Print this article“a politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man.” – e.e. cummings The mass murder spree in Arizona a few weeks ago sure got people talking, especially our elected leaders. Glib politicians all extended sympathy to … Continue reading

Published in David Long, February 2011

Is there a little prince or princess in your house?

Print this articleAll the recent hoopla around “The Royal Wedding” in London sickened me – mostly figuratively, but a bit literally as well. The actual wave of nausea came when I saw the latest “Royal Couple” on the front of … Continue reading

Published in David Long, June 2011

Phantom candidates don’t deserve to win

Print this articleTo the good citizens of Cortez: If you truly know what’s good for you, you’ll turn out in droves to vote against recalling the five members of the city council that a few disgruntled malcontents and developers are … Continue reading

Published in David Long, May 2011

McInnis’ Water-loo

Print this articleIf you’ve lived in Colorado’s Third Congressional District for a while, the name of GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis should ring a bell. But even if it doesn’t, I would like to sound one now — an alarm … Continue reading

Published in August 2010, David Long

Marching backward into the future

Print this articleNo one looked particularly enslaved — yet a return to the “freedoms” of the past was the theme of a Tea Party rally in Cortez on April 15, the most painful day of all for those who believe … Continue reading

Published in David Long, May 2010

Will politics trump justice?

Print this articleDo as I say, not as I do. This is the admonition parents occasionally finger-wag at their naughty children for minor transgressions of which they themselves have been guilty. (Son, we just didn’t know how harmful it was … Continue reading

Published in April 2010, David Long

Teams’ ‘respect’ for Indians is only Skin-deep

Print this articleAfter a couple decades during which public opinion has waxed, then waned in its superficial indignation, the U.S. Supreme Court has finally spoken: There ain’t nothin’ wrong with a little well-intentioned racism when it’s cloaked in the glamour … Continue reading

Published in David Long, December 2009

The royal families in our political midst

Print this articleThe possible appointment of Caroline Kennedy to fill Hillary Clinton’s seat in the U.S. Senate has sparked a debate about how democratic our political system really is. The question is whether we actually have a “nobility” that easily … Continue reading

Published in David Long, January 2009

Wright’s rants raise troubling questions

Print this articleNews flash! Illinois Sen. Barak Obama, until lately the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, isn’t all black. He’s only half black, the other half being as white as Hillary Clinton’s naked butt. (The simile is pure … Continue reading

Published in April 2008, David Long

Holding my nose for Hillary?

Print this articleI’m just not sure I’ll be able to do it. Vote for Hillary, that is, rather than facing the reality of shape-shifting Mitt Romney or blood-and-guts John McCain. It’s certainly not because she’s a woman, nor is it … Continue reading

Published in David Long, February 2008

Is this any way to treat your ‘best friend’?

Print this articleI got my first dog shortly after I learned to walk, and would waddle around with the fat little puppy named, for the obvious reason, “Blackie” clutched to my chest. So we grew up together, and became closer … Continue reading

Published in -September 2007, David Long

Desperate GOP woos outed commie

Print this articleI recently got a letter from the Republican National Committee asking for money. (Me, an outed commie, being solicited by the GOP! What’s next? An appeal from Jerry Falwell? Oh, wait, I forgot . . . ) Anyway, … Continue reading

Published in -August 2007, David Long

Time to transcend group identities

Print this articleFor those who have been vacationing on the moon, the Don Imus radio/TV show is no more. And while he deserved to be canned for the offensive and nonsensical remarks he made, the whole episode also raises some … Continue reading

Published in -May 2007, David Long

Do ‘family affairs’ matter to the religious right?

Print this articleRemember family values? You know, all those traditional straitlaced behaviors embraced and espoused by the political and religious right during the last several elections that made them uniquely fit to steer the ship of state? Things like honesty, … Continue reading

Published in -April 2007, David Long

How did this happen?

Print this articleHow on earth did this happen? Lots of smart people (and even notso- smart ones, such as myself) saw it coming and spoke out against it. Right from the first – not after it became politically safe and … Continue reading

Published in -January 2007, David Long

Lactating intolerance – get over it, America!

Print this articleMaybe it’s because I was a breast-fed baby myself. Or, more unlikely, maybe it’s because of my considerable maturity and sophistication. Whatever, I can’t see anything remotely offensive or sexually explicit about a woman suckling an infant in … Continue reading

Published in David Long, September 2006

Anonymous accusations carry their own stigma

Print this articleCable news has been filled lately with idle speculation about whether or not members of the Duke University lacrosse team raped one of two exotic dancers who briefly performed for them at a drunken party. (Don’t they mean … Continue reading

Published in David Long, May 2006

In defense of (a little) intolerance

Print this articleThat dirty rotten Communist Karl Marx quite correctly pointed out that religion is the opium of the masses. Karl (I feel like we’re on a first-name basis since I’ve also been cursed as a dirty rotten Communist), who … Continue reading

Published in David Long, March 2006

This just in: Bush administration acted illegally!

Print this articleWith all the attention drawn by the ongoing CIA leak case and the indictments of Dick Cheney’s brain, Scooter Libby, another unethical and illegal action by the White House has sparked little comment. The federal General Accountability Office … Continue reading

Published in David Long, December 2005

Patriotism, the last refuge of scoundrels, thrives

Print this articleLet’s see: The immoral, illegal and interminable war in Iraq drags on, killing our kids as well as Iraqi citizens while squandering our wealth. Our economy heads for the toilet as the price of gas skyrockets and consumer … Continue reading

Published in David Long, July 2005

Pray tell: What’s the difference between a democracy and a theocracy?

Print this articleIs it just me, or is anyone else getting fed up with this country’s Christian majority? Even after last fall’s election installed several more of “their kind” in Congress, these Bible Belters and Thumpers are still constantly complaining … Continue reading

Published in David Long, May 2005

Do family values include whores in the White House?

Print this articleIt’s getting to the point where that old saw — believe nothing of what you hear, and only half of what you read — may need to be revamped. Perhaps to: Believe nothing of what you hear, read … Continue reading

Published in April 2005, David Long

War is hell — and it’s not fought by angels

Print this articleGee, I wonder why they hate us. Last month an embedded TV cameraman taped a U.S. Marine executing an unarmed insurgent in a mosque during the all-out assault on Fallujah. Broadcast first on NBC Nightly News, the video … Continue reading

Published in David Long, December 2004

Greeks have more fun — and the occasional death

Print this articleWhen I was first a college student – back in the Second Age of the Middle Earth – I had an experience with some fraternity boys that firmly cemented an opinion already forming in my callow mind: Fraternities … Continue reading

Published in David Long, November 2004

Kerry should have been a coward

Print this articleAm I detecting a trend here? Bill Clinton, America’s most famous draft-dodger, philanderer and non-inhaling pot-smoker, was elected president in 1992 over George Bush the Elder, a decorated World War II hero who had survived being shot down … Continue reading

Published in David Long, September 2004

Rummy’s Iraqi lovebird comes home to roost

Print this article“We would not be facing the problems in Iraq today if the technologically advanced countries of the world had seen the danger and strictly enforced the economic sanctions against Iraq.” — Donald Rumsfeld in 2003 condemning the “old … Continue reading

Published in August 2004, David Long

Yellowbelly (aka Campbell) cooks up ethical stew

Print this articleIt’s get-back time. Retiring U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who prides himself on his Native American heritage, once called me a racist because I ridiculed his position on using Indian monikers for sports teams. You know, like the … Continue reading

Published in David Long, July 2004