Getting Rid of the Editors
Most of us use at least one of them, even if we harbor uneasiness about their power. We log on to Google, Facebook, Twitter, and the other digital helpers. We connect with friends and families, carry out research, express our opinions, and follow the latest breaking news. Thomas Friedman, columnist for The New York Times,… Read More »
Today’s Glorious Autumn; Echos of Another Fragile Season
In western Washington State, we are enjoying one of the most beautiful autumns in several years. The maple tree across the street has retained that brilliant scarlet, known only in autumn, far longer than I thought possible. I hold on to the beauty a bit tighter because of several novels I have read recently, set… Read More »
Business and Politics: A Match Made in Hell?
We have sometimes elected business people to legislative bodies, but not generally to the U.S. presidency. For that job, we have tended to go for politicians already holding elective office at the state or U.S. congressional level or else military leaders. Donald Trump is the first president I can think of, at least since the… Read More »
From South Korea: “What Are the Churches in America Thinking?”
I don’t know how close North Korea is to actually sending a nuclear weapon to devastate some city on my own Pacific northwest coast. I’m pretty certain, though, that North Korea could now, at this instant, use weapons, conventional or otherwise, to snuff out the lives of millions of South Koreans and perhaps Japanese as… Read More »
Bring Your Pets to Work; How About Your Children?
A shopping section of one newspaper featured equipment a pet owner might want for taking their pet with them to their workplace. Suggestions for the growing pet-to-work movement included a pet carrier, collapsible feeding dishes, and a portable paw washer. Anyone who’s loved a pet can understand the satisfaction of a pet’s affection and how… Read More »
Vote When You’re Not Angry
During my childhood, my parents volunteered to man our neighborhood voting station during elections. It was located in the multipurpose room of the elementary school I attended. My parents did what election workers did and still do all over the country. They verified voters as they entered. They recorded names of each participant. They also… Read More »
I Stand for the National Anthem, But I Respect Your Right Not to Stand
On Memorial Day, 1991, I stood with other Americans at the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and joined them in the pledge of allegiance to our flag, flying over our mission in a foreign country. It was a “lump in my throat” kind of moment. We had just come through the now barely-remembered first… Read More »
“A Republic, if You Can Keep It.”
So spoke Benjamin Franklin in 1787 at the end of the convention to write the U.S. Constitution. He spoke in answer to a questioner who wondered what kind of nation this gathering of politicians had created. A monarchy like most European nations? Answer: a republic, but only if you can keep it. Ancient Rome also… Read More »
Death by Small Cuts
Apparently, United States military forces now are going to stay in Afghanistan until we win the war there. When will we know that we have won it? Is it when the last terrorist is dead? But what if our activities there increase the number of people who hate us and continue to feed terrorism networks?… Read More »
Why the Healthy Should Buy Health Insurance
I’m the daughter and sister of insurance agents. I understand that an insurance program is an agreement to provide buyers of insurance with funds to overcome some kind of misfortune. Examples include automobile accidents, house fires, and illnesses, to name a few. For the insurance provider not to go broke, payments into the insurance program… Read More »
You Don’t Have to Know Russian to Read Russian Propaganda; Try U.S. Social Media Sites
Reports are surfacing that Russian interests paid for numerous adds on Facebook before the 2016 U.S. election. These adds reportedly focused on divisive issues in an attempt to polarize the elections to Russia’s advantage. Facebook says it has identified hundreds of fake accounts connected to Russian groups known for trolling on social media. Facebook says… Read More »
Five Hundred Years of History, Repeating? Our Choice.
In October of this year 2017, we mark the 500th anniversary of the day an obscure Christian monk named Martin Luther posted a scholarly document in Wittenberg, Germany. The document questioned certain practices of his church. It was an unsettling time. Armies from the Middle East threatened Europe. Less than a century before, the city… Read More »