Category: Politicsd

The baseball season opens today, not as the national pastime, but a perk for hedge fund millionaires

Back in the day when you could play stickball in the street without having your mother cited by Social Services for child neglect, a bleacher seat at Wrigley Field sold for 50-cents.  In 1952, the cost was up to 60-cents, which caused considerable complaint. Today a season ticket in the bleachers will gut-punch you for... Read more »

We know about Marjorie Taylor Greene. But who are the 229,827 voters who elected her!

We know about Marjorie Taylor Greene. But who are the 229,827 voters who elected her!
Ms Greene is the vocal voice of the mind-blowing conspiracy theories that QAnon espouses. She is villainous. Yet many Americans subscribe to her dumpster vitriol, which has more to do with who we are than who she is. What Marjorie Taylor Greene believes in, is concerning. More alarming is that 75% of the Republican voters... Read more »

My granddaughter, a girl in braids and a boy in a red sweater end violence in America

My granddaughter, a girl in braids and a boy in a red sweater end violence in America
Amanda Gorman’s poem, “The Hill We Climb,” was a highlight of the 2021 inauguration. It inspired both sides of the political spectrum with its lyrical vision “to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.” Who would have thought that poetry could be the force that unites a country and... Read more »
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“We must end this uncivil war” (President Joe Biden)

“We must end this uncivil war” (President Joe Biden)
The president’s inaugural address was inspiring. As I listened to his speech, I felt hopeful and positive about the future. For a few moments, the slow creep of fear that had sunk into my bones vanished. Optimism replaced the poisonous atmosphere that had given the country’s alt right room to grow and normalize. The words... Read more »

There are personal decisions we make to preserve our integrity. Such as not going to a Cubs game while the Ricketts family owns the team. (Or cutting my head off before laying it on a My Pillow)

There are personal decisions we make to preserve our integrity.   Such as not going to a Cubs game while the Ricketts family owns the team.  (Or cutting my head off before laying it on a My Pillow)
I’m thinking hard about how to write this. A disclaimer is necessary. Yes, I am a progressive Democrat, one of those “kale eating lefties,” as John Kass would describe me. But honestly, it’s not my political views that motivate this column. It’s a view of America from the view of a man who has seen... Read more »

A modern day reminder of what the Gettysburg Address memorializes. And what Joe Biden must do in the next four years

A modern day reminder of what the Gettysburg Address memorializes. And what Joe Biden must do in the next four years
In his famous speech, Lincoln reinforced the model of an America dedicated to the idea that “all men are created equal.” Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.” The phrase asserted that... Read more »
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The election is over and now I must make a personal choice

I remind myself; this is not a political blog. It’s about living life to the fullest, adding joy and meaning to our remaining days, not giving in to the debilitating encroachments of advancing age. But there is turmoil at every turn, unrest seeping into every coffee klatch and book club. How do I live up... Read more »

The most important election of our lifetime… our children’s lifetime… our grandchildren’s lifetime…

The most important election of our lifetime… our children’s lifetime… our grandchildren’s lifetime…
This is not hyperbole. Our democracy relies on elections, the vote count as certified by trusted protocols selecting the nation’s leaders by majority rule. Ironically, our 2020 Presidential election, the very essence of democracy, may well be the instrument of its destruction. Four more years of Donald Trump will shift the country from tilting toward... Read more »

Seeing the world with one good eye and the other badly distorted

Seeing the world with one good eye and the other badly distorted
Several years ago cataract surgery on both eyes left me with a peculiar view of the world. One eye, the left, was restored to normal vision. But the other, the right, became a casualty of the operation, leaving the right eye with a puckered retina and weirdly distorted vision, the images grotesquely warped, all the... Read more »
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The argument is not about politics or civility, it’s about morality, plain and simple

The argument is not about politics or civility, it’s about morality, plain and simple
Our generation was brought up with The Golden Rule. We didn’t need a metaphysical debate on the fundamental nature of reality and the relationship between mind and matter – it was a simple question of right and wrong, the basic principle of good and bad behavior, “do unto others as you would have others do... Read more »