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

But deliver us from the media, amen

Health care. Russia. Travel ban. Wiretapping. Budget cuts. Leaks. And on and on and on. Work up a lather, rinse, repeat. O Lord, grant me relief from the endless cycle of "news" based on the possibly informed insights, half-truths, pure speculation and outright lies that pass as journalism these days. Never has so much blather … Continue reading But deliver us from the media, amen

The REAL story of the minimum wage: Progs and the white-only workplace

Wendy's recent announcement that it's installing 1,000 self-service kiosks in its restaurants is a huge counter-salvo against the Fight for $15 and its effort to push through an unreasonable national minimum wage. Most mainstream economists believe paying America's youngest and least-skilled workers at least $15 an hour will kill countless jobs, especially for those least … Continue reading The REAL story of the minimum wage: Progs and the white-only workplace

Grand old game has a screwy new idea

There's no sweeter phrase than "Play ball!" at this time of the year. For the frozen folks of the Wolverine State and elsewhere in the Rust Belt, the start of spring training games in Arizona and Florida this week means warm weather is a mere two or three months away. But the past off-season brought … Continue reading Grand old game has a screwy new idea

Trump Helps Right to Win WhoZox Game

Politicos may still believe "All politics is local," as Tip O'Neill famously decreed, but it hasn't been operative for ages. Republicans turned the ex-House Speaker's truism upside-down in 1994, when Newt Gingrich nationalized the congressional elections with the Contract with America and swept the GOP to control of the House for the first time in … Continue reading Trump Helps Right to Win WhoZox Game

No place is safe from Obama’s overreach

In his final days, Barack Obama left the country plenty of not-so-lovely parting gifts -- more unreasonable federal regulations, irrational executive orders and land grabs snatching millions of acres from Western states. But it's even worse than that. Obama's minions are working under the radar to interfere with even small communities. Not beyond Obama's dead-man … Continue reading No place is safe from Obama’s overreach