Another Viewpoint – Florida’s new surgeon general is not just reckless; he’s dangerous

Commentary Please be aware, while this story focuses is about Florida, it’s really more than that. It’s about the sorry state of affairs in this country. I’ve noticed that when I write about Florida-specific issues, I tend to get fewer views. As an example, my recent piece, “Rubio’s pandering knows no bounds,” (https://around-the-block.com/2021/09/15/rubios-pandering-knows-no-bounds/) received about one-halfContinue reading “Another Viewpoint – Florida’s new surgeon general is not just reckless; he’s dangerous”

Rubio’s pandering knows no bounds

Commentary Given his history, Marco Rubio’s cynical opportunism in calling for General Milley’s removal is not surprising Initial responses to difficult situations are often the best measure of a man. In his response to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Milley’s alleged “undermining of former President Trump,” Senator Rubio showed he’s not aContinue reading “Rubio’s pandering knows no bounds”

Reflections on the “Days of Awe”

Commentary As many of us “celebrate” the Jewish High Holidays, I wonder, “What’s God have to do with it?” This colunm might be offensive to some readers. For that I apologize in advance. Today marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days. Beginning with Rosh Hashanah, literally “the head of the year,” or moreContinue reading “Reflections on the “Days of Awe””

Supreme Court’s egregious Texas abortion law decision

Commentary And my Congresswoman’s response – a fund raising email disguised as SCOTUS outrage Yes, I know, I know – I said I was going to take a break from Around the Block for a while to focus on some other writing projects. But sometimes I simply can’t help myself. In this case I wasContinue reading “Supreme Court’s egregious Texas abortion law decision”

The cynical, hypocritical and deadly politics of the GOP

Republicans, and their Fox News (and other right-wing media voices) truth distorters, are now blaming the pandemic on migrants on the southern border, bringing back to center stage one of their favorite tropes, immigration/fear of the other, while blaming Biden for the current Delta variant surge.

Skateboarding is an Olympic event?

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics begins its inevitable wind down in August 2021 (my goodness, spanning two years, this must be the longest Olympics in history) I have a confession. In all the years NBC, and ABC before it, has been covering the Olympics on TV, I’ve spent less time, actually almost no time, watching these troubled games. In fact, the only coverage I’ve seen is when I’ve stumbled on some replays on a news show.