Category Archives: Political

Pressure Cookers Kill Political Courage, Too

However tragic the effects of a pressure cooker filled with explosive powder and shrapnel, there is a worse way to use one: cook elected officials to death. That’s the effect of the gun-lobby pressure cooker where they turn up the … Continue reading

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You Probably Missed the Obama/Romney Debates

While an impressive-sounding 70,000,000 million Americans viewed the presidential debates on TV, that means twice as many registered voters (137,000,000) did NOT see the debates.  As a public service to them, I present below my summary of what they missed. … Continue reading

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Romney’s Phony Bipartisanship: published in NYT 10/12/12

To the Editor: Paul D. Ryan’s touting of Mitt Romney’s wonderful record of bipartisan cooperation with the 87 percent Democratic Massachusetts Legislature when he was governor gives credit to the wrong party. The applause should go to the Democratic Legislature, … Continue reading

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How Not to Achieve Political Compromise

Published in The Times of Trenton 8/14/11 We have now witnessed the wrong way to go about finding a healthy political solution to our nation’s truly critical problems: both parties play “chicken”, daring the other to remain adamant in holding … Continue reading

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Look (and Learn) Before You Leap

October, 2010 When we get frustrated, we get cranky.  And when we get cranky, we sometimes do stupid things that wind up hurting us.  We’re on the verge of that right now. Washington frustrates everyone at the moment.  And so … Continue reading

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Willful Dishonesty is Killing America

September, 2010 From time to time our nation experiences great loss.  Think 9/11.  Think Katrina.  Think the assassination of JFK.  Most such occasions are sudden, dramatic, explosive.  We are stunned into silence and lean toward each other, huddling together for … Continue reading

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The Worst Way to Die

August, 2010 You might think that the stupidest phrase in the English language is “friendly fire”, because friendly fire means a soldier got shot and killed by one of his or her own fellow soldiers.  What could possibly be less … Continue reading

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A Bodyguard for the Body Politic

June, 2010 We’re not wimps.  As consumers, we can pretty much take care of ourselves in most situations.  We know to check the expiration dates on dairy products.  We look for evidence of wet basements or aged roofing when considering … Continue reading

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The New Commissioner of Corrections’ First Correction

March, 2010 Let’s keep this very simple:  Everybody needs money to live on.  Some get it by working at legitimate jobs.  Some get it by stealing or by dealing drugs.  Many of those who steal or deal are illiterate, which … Continue reading

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Two Cheers for Bipartisanship

December, 2009 If you sense that bipartisanship in Congress is at nearly historic lows, give yourself an “A” for Apperception.  The Us vs. Them standoff in Washington today ranks right down there with the most rancorous of times.  And most … Continue reading

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