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Worst of Times — NY Times, that is

Now that I no longer do a weekly TV show, I have more time to read my local paper. Sadly, that’s The New York Times. The Times actually does some good reporting, but their political and economic coverage is filled with deceit. Can I find deceit every day? You bet. Take a look at a few ...

Integrity searching in Trumplandia

It’s about time America has a president who will stand up to those greed-headed corporate executives who keep hauling our middle-class jobs out of country. Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump bellowed, or I’ll slap you with a huuuge tariff when you try to sell your foreign-made ...

First lady never left high road

Dear Michelle Obama: This is just a note to say that I think you’re gorgeous. I’ll thank you not to share that with your husband, given that I have no desire to open my door and find a predator drone waiting for me. Or, worse, an IRS auditor. And yes, as a 21st-century U.S. ...

Chronicle of another sabotaged U.S. election

WASHINGTON — The current uproar over the Russian hacking into the 2016 presidential election is not the first, nor the most consequential, foreign intrusion into American politics. In the 1968 election, agents of Richard Nixon, with his knowledge and acquiescence, encouraged South Vietnam ...

We the people are not the enemy

On the last day of December, this was Donald Trump’s greeting for America — via Twitter, of course: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!” My immediate response to this infantile ...

Kerry outlines his two-faced solution against Isreal

In his recent speech excoriating Israel for refusing to commit suicide by allowing a sworn enemy to have a state adjoining the Jewish state, Secretary of State John Kerry claimed the U.S. government “did not draft or originate” the UN resolution critical of Israeli ...

Making new year’s resolutions can conquer fear of failure

New year celebrations bring a time of reflection on the past year’s events and a hopeful look forward to what the next 12 months could hold. It is a time to make personal changes that better our own lives and the lives of others. These new goals are commonly known as new year’s ...

Obama too cooperative with Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has accused President Obama of putting up “roadblocks” to a smooth transition. In reality, I think President Obama has been too cooperative with Trump. I’d recommend Obama take the following last stands in the final weeks of his administration: 1. Name ...

Government by Faculty Lounge

President Barack Obama went up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to counsel congressional Democrats on how to save Obamacare. Or at least that’s how his visit was billed. But to judge from the responses of some of the Democrats, his advice was typical of the approach he’s taken to legislation ...

What made losing-est loser do it?

As convicted murderer Dylann Roof defends himself in the sentencing phase of his trial, a clearer understanding of his motives in gunning down nine African Americans during Bible study prayer has begun to emerge. In a word, he’s a loser — as random and ordinary as the proverbial tree ...

Media guilty of double standard on terror attacks

Here’s a paradox for you. Whenever there’s a terrorist attack, the immediate response from government officials and the media is: “Let’s not jump to conclusions.” Yet when there are breaking reports that Muslim or Arab Americans were allegedly victimized by bigots in some hate crime, ...

Here’s hoping for some broken promises

Two more weeks until the new administration begins! I wonder if President Donald Trump will stick to his campaign promises — like reducing immigration and slamming consumers by imposing a 35 percent tariff. Hope not. But it could have been much worse. Bernie Sanders wanted to make ...

A political party worth fighting for

The best political party in America is not the Dems nor the Repubs. By far, the best political party is a real party named “Fighting Bob Fest.” It’s a daylong, outdoor political festival run by a coalition of Wisconsin progressives who believe in “putting the party back in ...

Fake news is no joke

WASHINGTON — Among the more pernicious aspects of the Donald Trump phenomenon is the way his political success has elevated the deplorable pollution of conscientious American journalism with a new form of manipulating and deceiving public opinion -- what is now widely referred to as “fake ...

Final Column: Random Thoughts, Looking Back

Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit — even if only to himself — being a relic of a bygone era. Having lived long enough to have seen both ‘’the greatest generation’’ that fought World War II and the gratingest generation that we see all around us today, ...

Here we are: on brink of what’s next

For 45 minutes on Christmas Eve, I watched love, in all of its diversity, play out in front of me. Thanks, 2016. I needed that. I was parked in the arrivals lane at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, nearly an hour early for my daughter and her family. It is not my habit to ...

Obama message to Israel on UN resolution: Drop dead

A headline that would become famous appeared in the New York Daily News in October 1975 after then-President Gerald Ford denied federal assistance to spare the city from bankruptcy. It read: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” President Obama has told Israel much the same. By instructing his ...

Does Never Trumper need to be forgiven?

“I forgive you.” I’ve lost count of how many people have told me that since Election Day. Of course, the number pales in comparison with the legions who’ve told me I was “wrong about everything” this year and that the election of Donald Trump will spell the end of my relevance, ...

Obama learned how to stand ‘idly by’ in Syria, Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry used the word “conscience” over and over again as he attempted to explain and justify the Obama administration’s decision not to veto a one-sided U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel. He added that the U.S. could not “stand idly by” while ...

Trump’s dark cloud of illegitimacy

A dark cloud of illegitimacy hangs over the pending presidency of Donald Trump. Bad enough that Trump rejects the conclusions of the CIA, FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia intervened in the 2016 campaign to help him become president. Even worse that Trump publicly sides ...