What Happens if the Jobs We Want to “Bring Back” No Longer Exist?
Years ago I worked for the Coca-Cola Company at its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The company gave an orientation tour for the new employees. As part of the tour, we visited a Coca-Cola bottling plant. I was amazed at the small number of workers employed in the plant. A few people tended the bottling machines.… Read More »
Actually Leaving Facebook?
A news columnist, Froma Harrop, announced her intention to leave Facebook. She’s leaving because she believes Facebook has become a platform for fake news. At the same time, Mark Zuckerberg, head of Facebook, has posted (on Facebook) an announcement that his company is acting to curb false news stories. It is, he said, developing new… Read More »
Wanted: Thick-Skinned Politicians
Barack Obama was named “Comedian in Chief” by news columnist Timothy Egan. Obama joked a lot and never complained about cartoons emphasizing his big ears. Donald Trump will have to get used to the lampooning of his hair and physical characteristics. Even more, Obama managed to respond with civility to outrageous insults. When Philippine President… Read More »
“Post-truth” is Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year for 2016. Post-truth means circumstances where “objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” The growth of a post-truth environment is heightened by the speed with which digital media can ramp up emotions with misleading information. More than a… Read More »
Yogurt and the American Dream
You may not have heard of Hamdi Ulukaya, but you may know about, or even consume, Chobani yogurt. The company is based in Twin Falls, Idaho. Ulukaya, a Turkish immigrant, bought a defunct yogurt factory in Twin Falls and turned it into a successful business. He now employs about 2,000 people, according to an article… Read More »
The Canadian Century?
Perhaps the twenty-first century will be called Pax Canada as the twentieth was known as Pax Americana and the nineteenth as Pax Britannica. In a section called “Liberty Moves North,” the British magazine The Economist (October 29, 2016) suggested Canada might be a replacement for the United States as a leader for hope and justice… Read More »
Can the Democratic Lamb and the Republican Lion Lie Down Together?
“It is constantly assumed . . . that when the lion lies down with the lamb the lion becomes lamb-like. But that is brutal annexation and imperialism on the part of the lamb. That is simply the lamb absorbing the lion instead of the lion eating the lamb. The real problem—can the lion lie… Read More »
The Power Passes Peacefully
“Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.” –Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, November 9, 2016 “I had a chance to talk to President-elect Trump last night—about 3:30 in the morning, I think… Read More »
American Leadership Is Not a Given
Polarized Americans agree on one thing: Never again do they want a political campaign like the one they’ve just suffered. The campaign has done more than traumatize American citizens. It has damaged the effectiveness of the United States’ ability to operate in the rest of the world. In a quote in The New York Times,… Read More »
No, I Did Not Vote for Donald Trump
I am a registered voter in Island County, State of Washington. In this state, voting is by mail. I received my ballot about three weeks ago. I spent a couple of days studying the candidates, legislative issues, and other measures on the ballot. I marked my choices and mailed my ballot to the Island County… Read More »
An Absence of Caregivers
Humans are dependent on others to care for them for the first several years of their existence. In addition, independent citizens can become dependent through sickness, old age, or misfortune. Caregiving is as necessary for a society to function as are healthy political and economic systems. In our justifiable concern with women’s rights, we have… Read More »
Decreasing the Demand Side of Abortion
No subject divides Americans like the abortion issue. David P. Gushee, a Mercer University professor, discussed abortion in a November, 2016, Sojourners article. Since World War II, Gushee writes, “all kinds of factors have conspired . . . to create a society whose conditions constitute a perfect storm for abortion.” Young adults need more years… Read More »