racism

This has to stop

I’ve been wanting to comment on the Michael Brown shooting and situation in Ferguson, Mo., this week, but haven’t known where to begin. New information, often conflicting or confusing, keeps coming out faster than I can organize my thoughts. In brief, Michael… Read More ›

Hyphenating Americans

This country is full of hyphenated Americans. Mexican-Americans, Asian-Americans, African-Americans, Irish-Americans, etc. And it leads one to contemplate why. (And yes, we know that, strictly speaking, the hyphens should be used only in adjectival constructions.) Often the hyphenated designations are chosen… Read More ›

Offending the uninvited

We’ve taken political correctness to ridiculous extremes in this country, and I’ve ranted about it before. These days you can scarcely say or do anything without offending someone. It just depends on who observes your actions and whether they opt… Read More ›

The Sherrod debacle

The Shirley Sherrod case is a tragic example of how nasty our nation’s politics have become. A woman loses her job because some commentator wants to make a point about racism and does so with a piece of very selectively… Read More ›

Summer news snooze

The Mosque at Ground Zero The “mosque at Ground Zero” isn’t. It isn’t a mosque and it isn’t at Ground Zero. Or at least that’s what I’ve heard. Whether it’s a mosque or a Muslim cultural center or whatever, a… Read More ›

Much ado about Arizona

Arizona is getting a lot of negative publicity these days, mostly because of their recently passed anti–illegal immigration law (SB 1070 and amendment). I’ve no problem with that law and see it as little different from typical seat-belt laws —… Read More ›

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