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COMMENTARY: Cast a stone and watch the ripples
A single thread binds the human race. Our equality is found in our physiology, and our desire for peace and happiness; however, once we are born, we find differences, and in some cases, we see those differences as a threat to our heart's desires.
Friday, February 5, 2016

COMMENTARY: Ignoring racism won't make it disappear
Carter G. Woodson was born in Virginia, 10 years after the fall of the Confederacy. Working as a sharecropper and a miner, he rarely had time to attend school until the age of 20.
Friday, February 5, 2016

COMMENTARY: The lesson of morality and humanity (still) not learned
I was deeply saddened to read recently of the death by suicide of Cmdr. Job Price, who was with a Navy SEAL team in Afghanistan. I was even sadder when I realized that the hopeful idea that sprung up in my mind was naive: "Now maybe people will understand why soldiers commit suicide."
Friday, February 5, 2016

COMMENTARY: Kindness is seldom learned and applied
Everybody knows by now that I am old school. I am not ashamed of that. In fact, I actually am quite proud of it.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

COMMENTARY: Powerful poems and their impact
For February 12, 2003, First Lady Laura Bush had planned a White House Symposium on "Poetry and the American Voice." The symposium was to highlight the unique contributions of Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Langston Hughes, and Mrs. Bush invited poets and other literary figures from around the country to attend.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

COMMENTARY: Writing Out Loud: Psycho-babble as entertainment
As I was wondering if a dinosaur with an extended vocabulary might be known as a thesaurus, this other wonder jumped into my little gray cells.

A wise man once wrote: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world..." Seems talk show hosts have developed this to a fault.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

COMMENTARY: Time to ensure end-of-life health care
My mom paid a painful price for not completing an advance directive about her preferences for end-of-life medical care. She was an intelligent and organized woman who had everything in her and my dad's life planned out and written down.
Friday, January 29, 2016

COMMENTARY: How to keep history from repeating
With bigotry and hatred on the rise in the United States, revisiting history offers us kernels of wisdom in resisting such extremism.
Friday, January 29, 2016

COMMENTARY: Writing Out Loud: Dreaming of a future all too possible
As I was wondering if a turtle without a shell is homeless or just naked, these other wonders wandered into my little gray cells. I had a horrible dream last night. I dreamed I fell into a time machine that took me to the year 2035.
Friday, January 29, 2016

COMMENTARY: Modern schooling on a shoestring budget
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan recently vowed to invest nearly all of their fortune - a staggering $45 billion - in philanthropic causes over the rest of their lifetimes.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

COMMENTARY:Politicians aren't good role models
I have been wracking my poor old brain, trying to understand why in the world Americans are even considering electing Hillary Clinton to the highest position in the country, and the world. With her history of lies and deceits, it is truly unthinkable.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

COMMENTARY: Writing Out Loud: Minimal words hold the most meaning
If the huge differences in our English Bible translations are any indication, the book of Ecclesiastes must be the hardest book in the Bible to translate.

No two versions render some of the verses the same.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

COMMENTARY: California sanctions animal abuse in labs
Considering California leads the nation with its strict laws punishing abuse, cruelty or neglect of animals perpetrated by its citizens, it's pretty ironic that they sanction animal abuse in laboratories.
Friday, January 22, 2016

COMMENTARY: You've got to be carefully taught
We all remember the teachers who most influenced us. Life lessons learned in the classroom stay with you for decades. I was lucky to have several great teachers, but my fifth grade teacher stands out the most.
Friday, January 22, 2016

COMMENTARY: Missing a ride on the information highway
As the digital revolution hurtles ahead, low-income communities across the United States aren't reaping many of its benefits.
Friday, January 22, 2016

COMMENTARY: Will we ever overcome that which scares us?
I spend some time each day reading to my wife, Anne. Sometimes it's the Bible, and sometimes it has been from a little book we picked up somewhere called "Whispers of Encouragement."
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

COMMENTARY: It's not what you've done but who you are
With graduation just a few months away, college seniors are searching for jobs.

They should know that college graduates of today may have a dozen jobs in their lifetime, which often includes multiple major career changes.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

COMMENTARY: Writing Out Loud: Fear is a fact of life
As I was wondering how a black cow can eat green grass and then give white milk that can be churned into yellow butter, these other wonders jumped into my shallow mind.

Do you remember when you were frightened the most?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

COMMENTARY: North Korea's nuclear ambition impacts U.S. presidential campaign
With the news of North Korea testing another nuclear weapon, its leadership continues the fallacy of nuclear deterrence promoted by the nuclear powers of the world.
Friday, January 15, 2016

COMMENTARY: The gift of ignorance and gift of sophistry
Another holiday season is behind us. And every such season, the purge of religion in our public schools just gets worse.
Friday, January 15, 2016

COMMENTARY: Making 2016 more peaceful for all
It's a new year and already we're off to the same old tricks.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

COMMENTARY: They all tell me to 'Take it easy, Bob'
You never know what you're going to wake up to these days.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

COMMENTARY: Writing Out Loud: The rarity of common sense
Newsweek told of a taxicab driver who hung his Boston University sheepskin next to his hack license.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

COMMENTARY: All hail the king of D'Nile and D'lusion
He's a mogul, a magnate, an investor, an author, a developer and TV personality; and King. He's a business man who knows how to make and save money. Donald Trump is the King.
Friday, January 8, 2016

COMMENTARY: All hail the king of D'Nile and D'lusion
He's a mogul, a magnate, an investor, an author, a developer and TV personality; and King. He's a business man who knows how to make and save money. Donald Trump is the King.
Friday, January 8, 2016


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