Why-for art thou, Joe Manchin?

Commentary “Why don’t you go, Joe Manchinio, our nation turns its tearful eyes to you.“* (*With apologies to my AEPi fraternity brother, Paul Simon. I think he’d approve.) The New York Times reported yesterday, “Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, pulled the plug Thursday on negotiations to salvage key pieces of President Biden’sContinue reading “Why-for art thou, Joe Manchin?”

Abolish the Electoral College?

Commentary Hillary thinks it’s as easy as…? Sorry for two intrusions on one day but I couldn’t let this one go by without a comment. I received an email earlier today: Abolish the Electoral College via End Citizens United. Below is the message in its entirety. Needless to say, signing the petition gives the signerContinue reading “Abolish the Electoral College?”

Herschel Walker, GOP poster boy

Commentary One column by the WaPo’s Gene Robinson sums up all that’s wrong with the Republican Party…and the nation I’ve been incredibly busy the last week or so on non-writing, family-oriented projects. So busy, exhausted actually, that I spent the entire day, and night, Monday, in bed. I don’t remember the last time I sleptContinue reading “Herschel Walker, GOP poster boy”

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”