Visiting patients offers insights into strength of faith among everyday Americans

If you believe the mainstream media and Hollywood celebrities, you'd think Americans with faith in God are fools, stooges or nutcases. But nothing can be further from the truth. Until recently, progressives kept their disrespect for religious faith under wrap, but today they openly ridicule people who offer prayers for the victims of tragedies. They … Continue reading Visiting patients offers insights into strength of faith among everyday Americans

America has fought battles against PC before

Every 20 years or so, America comes down with a serious case of political correctivitis. I'm old enough to remember the first PC outbreak in the 1970s, when the tide of '60s radicalism washed against the shore of Establishment America. Another epidemic spread in the early 1990s, and we're in the midst of the third … Continue reading America has fought battles against PC before

Detroit may strip Carson’s name off school

Every time Detroit seems ready to lift itself out of the mire it's been wallowing in for the past half century, it sinks back into the ooze. The latest case of swampiness as usual in Motown came on Jan. 9, when the Detroit school board adopted a new policy that bans the naming of school … Continue reading Detroit may strip Carson’s name off school

Tweets not so sweet for generating news

A 2010 report that said most journalists used Twitter, Facebook or blogs as vital news sources didn't receive much public attention, but it noted what has become a huge shift in how the mainstream media operates. The survey – conducted by Cision, a public relations firm, and Don Bates of The George Washington University’s Master’s … Continue reading Tweets not so sweet for generating news

Old friend shares memories of Pope John Paul

Every time I'm convinced the internet was invented by Satan, it comes up with something that proves how valuable it can be. My latest experience came earlier this month when, bored by political brouhahas, I started looking up old schoolmates who had dropped out of my life long ago. While searching for someone else, I … Continue reading Old friend shares memories of Pope John Paul

I’m still not done paying for that free turkey

The most expensive turkey I ever got was free. It was a cold and bleak night in early December. Dinner hadn't gone so well – my wife was worried over how we would handle Christmas, and I had no answers for her. My newspaper had gone on strike in September, and there was no end … Continue reading I’m still not done paying for that free turkey

Social Security death benefit is cheap but actually wasteful

It's forgivable that Ben Franklin didn't include governmental bureaucracies with death and taxes as being the only certainties of life. After all, he died 143 years before that other Franklin – Roosevelt – laid the groundwork for the America's administrative state. This revelation came to me in early October, five days after my wife passed … Continue reading Social Security death benefit is cheap but actually wasteful

I’ll never forget when my life ended

Some say the world will end in a bang, and some say with a whimper. My world ended with a ringtone. Looking back, the whole thing played out like a farce but was really a tragedy. It all started in late August when my beloved Shirley complained about a sore on the top of her … Continue reading I’ll never forget when my life ended

Politics not only reason for drop in Emmy Awards show viewership

Watching awards shows on television is as big a treat as having a colonoscopy without anesthesia. Well, actually, it's worse. I've never had a colonoscopy that lasted three hours. It doesn't matter if the host is affable and funny -- Billy Crystal and Johnny Carson come to mind -- or amazingly irritating like David Letterman. … Continue reading Politics not only reason for drop in Emmy Awards show viewership

‘Income inequality’ fading as issue

The greatest unreported achievement of President Trump is that he's knocked income inequality -- the most divisive, yet silliest, issue in recent years -- off the radar screen. Spurred on by the thuggish Occupy mob, the predecessor of today's even more thuggish Antifa gang, income inequality became the main obsession of Democrats and other elements … Continue reading ‘Income inequality’ fading as issue

Red Century story makes me see red

Remember the series of wistful articles the New York Times ran in 2008 to mark the 75th anniversary of the birth of Adolf Hitler's Thousand Year Reich? Me neither -- because, of course, it never happened. But that's not as crazy as it sounds considering the Times is running a series of stories under the … Continue reading Red Century story makes me see red

Will voters be ready to Rock in ’18?

Senator Rock? Hmm ... could be. I Kid you not. Political buffs are salivating over the possibility that Kid Rock will put his music career on hold next year for a run against Debbie Stabenow, one of the two Democrats representing Michigan in the Senate. The rock star has been happily stoking the grassroots fire … Continue reading Will voters be ready to Rock in ’18?

Trump’s deeds destroyed my doubts

When Donald J. Trump won the presidency in November, I feared we were putting the Joker into the White House. Instead, we got Batman. With Trump just days away from marking his first six months in office, count this onetime Never Trumper as a mostly solid supporter of our 45th president. For me, the 18 … Continue reading Trump’s deeds destroyed my doubts

Both parties aren’t party to violence

Both sides do it, say television's talking heads. In this era of radioactive polarization, it's become a mantra among pundits that Republicans and Democrats are equally responsible for the atmosphere of political violence that hovers over America. Never has a sausage factory produced a finer grade of baloney. While many violent incidents have broken out … Continue reading Both parties aren’t party to violence

New hate crime law is a Conn. job

Things are nutty in the Nutmeg State. One of the bluest of blue states, Connecticut has more than its share of problems. According to Carol Platt Liebau, president of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, the state is mired in an economic swamp and has the highest bonded debt per capita in America. Mark J. … Continue reading New hate crime law is a Conn. job

God help cable news if news occurs

One of today's great ironies is that the 24-hour news channels are usually at their worst when real news is breaking. At best, the term "cable news" is a misnomer. Actual news coverage rarely exceeds 10% of a channel's day. The rest of the time is devoted to opinions and arguments over current events. It … Continue reading God help cable news if news occurs

Today’s media makes me ashamed

There's no hole on Earth deep enough for me to hide from the shame my former profession has brought me. Other than a short stint in public relations, I spent 34 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. For the last 25 years of my career, I worked at a mid-size daily, where we did … Continue reading Today’s media makes me ashamed

It’s a crime this story was ignored

"Crime by Migrants in Germany Increase." The headline on the story, buried deep within the Wall Street Journal, was so innocuous it might as well have said, "Nothing to See Here, Folks -- Please Move Along." Despite the mild headline, however, the article by Ruth Brenner was filled with statistics that spun a tale of … Continue reading It’s a crime this story was ignored

The nobody who changed the world

We've just passed the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I, which certainly is no cause for celebration. Although the U.S. formally declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917 -- unlike the speedy action after Pearl Harbor, it took Congress four days to concur with Woodrow Wilson's request for action … Continue reading The nobody who changed the world

The magic is running out for Merlin

Even with bright spring sunshine streaming through the windows, it's been a gloomy weekend in our house. It's never fun when you're on a death watch ... even if it's only for a cat. For the past 14 years, Merlin has been the scourge of birds, chipmunks and unfamiliar visitors to our home. And, often, … Continue reading The magic is running out for Merlin