America – The Democratic Republic Where Minority Rules

Commentary I ran some “Battleground State”numbers…and they’re not pretty. As we enter the final weekend before Tuesday’s election day, I thought I’d take a break from writing about THE ELECTION and talk, instead, about, uh, elections. To be clear, this a break from THE ELECTION, but not a break from our broken political system. IContinue reading “America – The Democratic Republic Where Minority Rules”

November 3, November 4 and The Aftermath

Commentary From a Zoom call to a Times Op-Ed, I believe we are at the precipice of the day/days of reckoning! Last night, on my regular Thursday Zoom call with a group of my closest friends from Marin County, California, my former home, the conversation focussed almost entirely on the election. While we spent aContinue reading “November 3, November 4 and The Aftermath”

A Case for Packing The Court

Commentary It’s time to stop playing nice and do something! A despondent reader wrote to me regarding yesterday’s Around the Block entitled, “The Supreme Court is not political. Really?” ( “It’s all so disgusting and heartbreaking. Even when Biden gets elected, we’ve lost the Supreme Court. Whose country is this?”

The Supreme Court is not political. Really?

Commentary This is not the end…it is only the beginning! Right Amy? Multiple news sources reported tonight: The Supreme Court on Monday night rejected a pandemic-related request from Democrats and civil rights groups to extend the deadline for counting mail-in ballots received after Election Day in the battleground state of Wisconsin. The vote was 5Continue reading “The Supreme Court is not political. Really?”

“We’re better than this. Aren’t we?”

Commentary Max Boot of the Washington Post asks the question. I answer with a question and a comment: But are we? I guess we’ll find out next week. Max Boot is a historian, best-selling author and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International InstituteContinue reading ““We’re better than this. Aren’t we?””

Palm Beach County: “You’ve come a long way, baby!”

Commentary 20 years after the “hanging chad” debacle, Palm Beach County is doing the election right. Yesterday was the first day of early voting in Florida. Although Sharon and I vote by mail-in ballot, this year we didn’t mail our ballots but waited to place them in the polling place drop-off box at our neighborhoodContinue reading “Palm Beach County: “You’ve come a long way, baby!””

Will you still need me when I’m, er, 84 (or 85 or 86 or…)?*

I’ve received an enormous amount of feedback from Saturday’s column, “Dianne & Lindsey Sitting in a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!”

While some of the commentary concerned Senator Dianne Feinstein’s imprudent praising of and hugging with Senator Lindsey Graham at the conclusion of the Senate Judiciary hearings on the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, many more comments revolved around age-related decline in cognitive functions and Congressional tenure and term limits.

A Guide to Registering and Voting

Commentary With Trump setting the table for a contested election, voting, voting early and voting properly is more important than ever! With only 40 days left until the election, with voting already starting in several states and with the sitting President of the United States, up for re-election, threatening to “get rid of ballots,” andContinue reading “A Guide to Registering and Voting”