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Don’t create a history to judge

Print this articleIn about the space of one week in June, Donald Trump suggested a newspaper committed “virtual” treason; joked (perhaps) about staying in office beyond term limits, while at the same time, saying two major papers would be out … Continue reading

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At Dachau, birds and a warning

Print this articleAlbert told me the weather is always dreary when people go — cold, rainy, gray. Given my friend was speaking of the concentration camp at Dachau, it seemed fitting that the sky above would reflect the grim reality … Continue reading

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Speak (of) no evil?

Print this articleEntertain a scenario: An angry young man stalks your neighborhood, committing crimes. But no one tells you who it is, even after his arrest, for fear of “giving him attention.” Entertain a few questions: Who was Ted Bundy? … Continue reading

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Stand up, sit down: Flag flaps wave on

Print this articleColin Kaepernick has reached an agreement with the National Football League over what amounts to the loss of his job for exercising his rights. The agreement, announced in mid-February, resolves the former 49ers quarterback’s claim of collusion that … Continue reading

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Rape Mythology 101

Print this articleThe result was predictable: Although allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh took his smooth-sail Supreme Court nomination into choppy waters, he made it to dry land, propelled in no small way by the gusting grandstanding of Sen. … Continue reading

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Privileging the executive

Print this articleBrett Kavanaugh’s July nomination to the United States Supreme Court prompted an explosion of worry from those who believe in women’s bodily autonomy, as well as those disturbed by his agreement with a 2015 ruling in favor of … Continue reading

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The danger of Trump fatigue syndrome

Print this articleEvil triumphs when good men do nothing — Attributed to Edmund Burke (paraphrased) Raise your hand if you’re tired of hearing about the latest in Things Trump. (I’m raising both right now, so you know.) Any president is … Continue reading

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Is this what we’ve become?

Print this article What’s the difference between a dung hole and a dung house? A meaningless one, when the sitting president of the United States utters such a term to describe predominantly non-white countries, and follows the utterance by saying … Continue reading

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Alabama — Running with the devil?

Print this articleDear Alabama GOP: Hello there! I see you are about to elect Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate. Now, I could rail at you about why this is a spectacularly bad idea for anyone who wants America to … Continue reading

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Calling out predators

Print this articleTidal wave. That’s how I was going to describe the growing number of accusations of sexual misconduct (and worse) in the wake of producer Harvey Weinstein’s fall. Other Hollywood luminaries (director James Toback) have been accused since the … Continue reading

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It’s 2017

Print this articleIt’s 2017. I know that’s hardly news to anyone; we’ve all got calendars and the ability to keep track of time. And yet, I wonder. The Aug. 12 murder in Charlottesville, Va., of Heather Heyer weighs heavily on … Continue reading

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We, the Peasants?

Print this articleDonald Trump is at once a unique danger to the Republic and that for which it stands — and the leader we had coming. The man genuinely behaves as though he can do whatever he pleases and, when … Continue reading

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A republic — can we keep it?

Print this articleIf this column were to go away, I don’t harbor the illusion that many people would mourn much. It’s just one voice. But if your access to information and your ability to compare claims with fact were to … Continue reading

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A republic — can we keep it?

Print this article If this column were to go away, I don’t harbor the illusion that many people would mourn much. It’s just one voice. But if your access to information and your ability to compare claims with fact were … Continue reading

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Convenient sexism

Print this articleAh, the couch crouch! You know — the photo of Trump propagandist Kellyanne Conway kneeling on a sofa in the Oval Office, intent on whatever photo she was taking with her smartphone. People lost their minds over it, … Continue reading

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Convenient sexism

Print this articleAh, the couch crouch! You know — the photo of Trump propagandist Kellyanne Conway kneeling on a sofa in the Oval Office, intent on whatever photo she was taking with her smartphone. People lost their minds over it, … Continue reading

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A lie is a lie

Print this articlePost-truth. Truthiness. Alternative facts. Some of the terms we’ve been hearing lately are inventive; one is even humorous — and intended as such. But all of them mean the same thing, and there’s nothing funny about the suggestion … Continue reading

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A lie is a lie

Print this article Post-truth. Truthiness. Alternative facts. Some of the terms we’ve been hearing lately are inventive; one is even humorous — and intended as such. But all of them mean the same thing, and there’s nothing funny about the … Continue reading

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A view of the election: unvarnished

Print this articleIn the wake of Donald Trump’s election, I will say one thing emphatically. I hope with every fiber of my being that I am completely wrong about him. Wrong, wrongedty wrong-wrong-wrong. Unlike Rush Limbaugh’s snarling when President Obama … Continue reading

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Olympic and burkini fever

Print this articleTwo images. One: A young woman in a spangled leotard balances on one leg, arms wide, poised to spring, on a balance beam. Two: A woman on a beach, surrounded by police, face obscured, as she removes a … Continue reading

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Access denied is a right denied

Print this articleHeed, for a moment, the stridently anti-woman crowd’s complaints after the Supreme Court of the United States’ June decision in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Perhaps the caterwauling and handwringing show you what it shows me: the critical … Continue reading

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Orlando and the endless loop

Print this articleOrlando. If gut-wrenching tragedies could be summed up in just a few words by a common person of no importance, these would be: I am tired. I am tired, because 49 human beings minding their own business were murdered at … Continue reading

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The Trump next time

Print this article“The GOP is destined to lose the White House and the Senate if Donald Trump secures the nomination.” — Karl Rove, paraphrased. If Donald Trump is the nominee, the “prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished … Donald Trump lacks the temperament to be … Continue reading

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‘Patriot’ games in Oregon

Print this articleI came of age in a household in which “militia” was not a scary word. In my world at the time, it just meant people suspicious of government and committed to the Second Amendment. But it’s more than … Continue reading

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The moral compass is broken

Print this articleYou might be hearing about morality a lot lately. We have “heart problems, not gun problems,” or so we’re told in the wake of America’s latest mass murder(s). Evildoers are doing to do evil. If we would just … Continue reading

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I’m not with Kim

Print this articleKim Davis, Rowan County, Ky., clerk, apparently does not understand either the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage or her job as a civil servant of secular government. That didn’t stop her from repeatedly denying two gay men … Continue reading

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Let it fly no more

Print this articleJust stop it. Stop defending the state-sanctioned display of the “Confederate” flag on public buildings/grounds where the public’s business is conducted and where the public’s representatives meet. Note that I said “state-sanctioned” and “public buildings.” I couldn’t care … Continue reading

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A poverty of compassion

Print this articleThe War on the Poor. It has a nice ring to it, rhyming as it does, and all. But this isn’t just a catchy phrase, it is too often reality, both in government and in daily practice. People … Continue reading

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(Past) time to start caring

Print this article“I don’t care.” The phrase was being heard quite a bit, and in a number of ways in December, when the U.S. Senate released a long-hidden executive summary of the CIA’s use of torture. A sampling of the … Continue reading

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Until people get it

Print this articleBy now, you’d think I would know better than to read articles titled “Shamed, flamed, harassed: What it’s like to be called fat online.” But, I did reason that it appeared in the New York Times, and I reasoned … Continue reading

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Dear gun fetishists: You’re not helping

Print this article“He wore his gun outside his pants, for all the honest world to feel.” — Townes Van Zandt, “The Ballad of Pancho and Lefty,” as sung by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Entertain, if you will, some scenarios: … Continue reading

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Beyond birth control

Print this articleThe U.S. Supreme Court’s June Hobby Lobby ruling isn’t about birth-control. Wait. What? How can that be, when the case, and a similar case brought by Conestoga Wood, were specifically about birth-control coverage in the Affordable Care Act? The case … Continue reading

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Freedom of, freedom from – a simple, vital concept

Print this articleCheck any book of quotations and you can find ammunition for or against the argument that “America was founded as a Christian nation.” True, it is a ridiculous debate more than 230 years later, in a land where … Continue reading

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Lives depend on cancer research

Print this articleThis May 22 marks the fourth anniversary of my father’s death. Four years. It’s hard to fathom. I still hear his voice, and not a day goes by without a thought of him. Mostly, I think of him … Continue reading

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Create your own reality!

Print this articleDid you hear the one about how the deficit has soared under Obama, who is a gun-grabbing Kenyan-born Muslim socialist communist fascist traitor because he doesn’t agree with everything in which I believe? How about the one that … Continue reading

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Fickle with the First Amendment

Print this articleIt was hard to feel sorry for Eleanor Mc- Cullen, a Bostonian featured in the Jan. 13 New York Times. McCullen is among the self-appointed public scolds of women who go to a Planned Parenthood clinic in her city. … Continue reading

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New Year’s revolution

Print this articleFirst, the disclosure: I just ate a hunk of red velvet cake that was enrobed in thick, butter creme frosting. It was part of my birthday leftovers; it was good, and I am a grown-up who can make … Continue reading

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A business is a business is a business

Print this articleOnce upon a time, a man applied for a job. He was a good worker, had mouths to feed, and just wanted to earn a paycheck. Thing is, he was a Christian and all of the businesses were … Continue reading

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Negative Nellie

Print this articleNegative Nellie is an advice column dealing with the daily minutiae of life, and is especially for those who are weary of serious discussions on meaningful topics, such as what to do about Syria, how to tackle unemployment and how to save … Continue reading

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Rape culture thrives at victims’ expense

Print this articleReviewing movies on Netflix is one of those things you know you shouldn’t do — one, it is an exercise in vanity, and, two, it is a waste of precious sanity points as you start wading through other … Continue reading

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