This was not a ‘typical Chicago’ shooting; this was a ‘typical American’ shooting.

Commentary Another day; another shooting July 4, 2022 will not be remembered as the 246th “birthday” of America. It will be remembered as the day of another mass shooting in America, this time in Highland Park, IL. As of this writing, six people are dead, 24 more are in the hospital in serious to criticalContinue reading “This was not a ‘typical Chicago’ shooting; this was a ‘typical American’ shooting.”

The enigma of the American Democracy

Commentary Enigma: (/əˈnɪɡ.mə/) A perplexing, baffling, or seemingly inexplicable matter. Democracy: (/dɪˈmɑː.krə.si/) The belief in freedom and equality between people; a system of government based on this belief. America: (/əˈmer.ɪ.kə/) A democratic republic in North America, more formerly known as the United States of America Now that I’ve gotten those basic definitions out of theContinue reading “The enigma of the American Democracy”

Does ‘Around the Block’ make a difference?

Commentary One reader thinks so! In yesterday’s Around the Block, I posted an open letter to my Congresswoman, Lois Frankel. The subject was “The tyranny of the Supreme Court.” I told Congresswoman Frankel that I have, in my posts, “advocated for Congress to take action regarding Court reform.” I lamented the fact that “I am butContinue reading “Does ‘Around the Block’ make a difference?”

The tyranny of the Supreme Court

Commentary An open letter to Congresswoman Lois Frankel Dear Congresswoman Frankel, I have written to you many times. Perhaps I’m naïve, but for the most part my messages have only engendered canned replies from your office. I would hope this message will prompt a more thoughtful response and, more importantly, some action on your partContinue reading “The tyranny of the Supreme Court”

Gun Control Legislation: I guess ‘baby steps’ are better than no steps at all. But is this the best we can do?

Commentary Not even ‘baby steps’ for 34 GOP Senators, they voted for no steps! The New York Times reported today that “…the Senate on Tuesday cleared the first hurdle to passing a bipartisan measure aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of dangerous people, agreeing to take up a compromise bill whose enactment wouldContinue reading “Gun Control Legislation: I guess ‘baby steps’ are better than no steps at all. But is this the best we can do?”

Texas GOP pushing to secede from the Union

Commentary Bye, bye Texas – sorry, but we won’t miss you. I haven’t written in a while. Although I’ve been pondering a story that sums up all the outrages we’re facing in America and in the world…some travel, some other writing projects and a lot of ennui, have kept me far from my keyboard. AndContinue reading “Texas GOP pushing to secede from the Union”

Nearly half of Republican voters choose gun rights over protecting gun violence victims

Commentary Surprised? I’m not, given the NRA, big donors and inaction and lies from GOP politicians. I’m overwhelmed with writing projects. I vowed to spend the day “Spring cleaning” my disastrously messy office (it’s still Spring, right). I told myself to take a day or two off from opining. After all, what good am IContinue reading “Nearly half of Republican voters choose gun rights over protecting gun violence victims”

As mass shootings become a daily event, GOP theories as to their cause become ever more outrageous

Commentary Yesterday it was “out of wedlock child birth, divorce, single parent homes and abortion;” today it’s “Black people, frankly.” In an Around the Block post last week, America may be broken beyond repair, the featured photo I chose was a screen shot from a campaign ad from Blake Masters, a man running for theContinue reading “As mass shootings become a daily event, GOP theories as to their cause become ever more outrageous”

I live in Florida. Ron DeSantis is my governor. Woe is me!

Commentary His latest demonstration of authoritarianism: blackmailing the Special Olympics. In closing my story yesterday, Just when you think the GOP can’t any get worse, it gets worse, I posed several questions. One of those questions was this: “How do you feel about our great country when your fellow citizens continue to elect people likeContinue reading “I live in Florida. Ron DeSantis is my governor. Woe is me!”

Just when you think the GOP can’t any get worse, it gets worse

Commentary The inane comments by three GOP Congressmen this week don’t bode well for progress on gun control, or anything else for that matter Just when I thought the GOP solutions to gun violence in schools including, arming teachers (because armed trained police professionals at schools has worked out so well), limiting access doors andContinue reading “Just when you think the GOP can’t any get worse, it gets worse”