Covid-19, Vaccinations, Mandates and the Incredulity of the Right

Commentary Mandatory immunizations have been a thing in the U.S. for over 100 years. Why are we still debating the issue? I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up I was taught that the law was the law and that those laws should not be broken. But now that I’m very grownContinue reading “Covid-19, Vaccinations, Mandates and the Incredulity of the Right”

Where were you on 1/6/21?

Commentary A year later and we’re no closer to the truth than we were on 1/7/21. While 2/3 of GOP voters believe “that there’s been too much focus on January 6” Many of us remember where we were when a significant event occurred. I only remember two. The first was on November 22, 1963. IContinue reading “Where were you on 1/6/21?”

Around the Block is back! Did you know it was gone?

Commentary As the SF 49ers play their last regular season game/first pre-post-season game, are they back too? Around the Block has been pretty quiet the last few weeks. Perhaps it’s because of the holidays. More likely it’s due to self-inflicted trauma after realizing, and writing about the fact “we’re not in danger of losing ourContinue reading “Around the Block is back! Did you know it was gone?”

‘We are closer to civil war than any of us would like to believe.”

Commentary Insurrection, sedition, insurgency…studies show, we’re not in danger of losing our democracy, we already have! The headline, and much of the story, for today’s Around the Block is taken directly from The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, in his December 17 Op-Ed. The headlined quote is from Barbara F. Walter, a political science professor atContinue reading “‘We are closer to civil war than any of us would like to believe.””

Putting “Christ back in Christmas” is like the old Burger King jingle: “Have it your way!”

Commentary School says, “Christmas Tree yes, Menorah, no.” And judge agrees! The San Francisco Chronicle reported today, “When a woman in Carmel sought to add an inflatable balloon decorated like a menorah to the tree-lighting ceremony at the school her third-grader attended, the school turned her down — and had a basis for its refusal,Continue reading “Putting “Christ back in Christmas” is like the old Burger King jingle: “Have it your way!””

“Assassins” then, would be assassins now

Commentary I was in the process of outlining this story the other day when I got the news: Stephen Sondheim had passed away at the age of 91. The Times headline said it all, Stephen Sondheim, Titan of the American Musical, Is Dead at 91: He was the theater’s most revered and influential composer-lyricist ofContinue reading ““Assassins” then, would be assassins now”

Don’t know much about history?

Here are two must reads to help set the record straight. Zinn: “A People’s History of the United States” and Cohen/Murrow: “Rethinking America’s Past” Commentary November is such a busy month, perhaps the busiest of them all. For the November issue of my community’s monthly magazine, The Breezes, I wrote a column about how jam-packed theContinue reading “Don’t know much about history?”

Where have you gone Buster Posey? The nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

Commentary Or at least San Francisco’s lonely eyes! Note: My guess is that this story will be of limited interest to most Around the Block readers. But since I don’t get paid based on the number of readers I have, I’m posting it anyway. Oh, yeah…I don’t get paid in any event. Also, apologies onceContinue reading “Where have you gone Buster Posey? The nation turns its lonely eyes to you.”

The Red Flags of January 6

Commentary Remember the last “Red-Flagged” terrorist attack? I do. The Washington Post just published an in-depth article titled, “Red Flags,” with the subhead, “As Trump propelled his supporters to Washington, law enforcement agencies failed to heed mounting warnings about violence on Jan. 6.” The story tracks the events leading up to the January 6 attackContinue reading “The Red Flags of January 6”

With the passing of Colin Powell, Trump shows how low he can go

Commentary Trump’s mean-spirited statement about another American hero was not completely unexpected. But it did lead me to consider some things. Amidst the obituaries detailing Colin Powell’s unsurpassed career as an American hero and the accolades from both colleagues and adversaries alike, came this one, which unfortunately, was not “fake news:”