Old Confederacy is tumbling down

Ignore President Donald J. Trump, whose latest tactic to mollify his base is to forbid the renaming of military installations that honor Confederate military officials. The GOP-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee has already added an amendment to an all-important defense bill that would strip the names of Confederate commanders over the next three years. The […]

Cops don’t need tanks or grenade launchers

With a deranged narcissist in the Oval Office and his lackey controlling the Department of Justice, there is no point looking to the federal government to curb police violence. Instead, President Donald J. Trump will do everything in his power to encourage it. In the wake of protests over the murder of George Floyd, he […]

The desperation of white privilege

The past several days have offered a kaleidoscope of a Trump-addled America, a telling, if depressing, pastiche: Amy Cooper’s bigoted entitlement, the homicidal tactics of Minneapolis police officers, the knowing encouragement of the president, who has mounted his second campaign on the same foundation of rank prejudices and crude stereotypes on which he built his […]

The deadly summer

MOBILE, AL. —— Though Gov. Kay Ivey has mostly re-opened the state — restaurants, hair and nail salons and gyms included — cases of COVID-19 are increasing here, not declining. And Mobile County, home to a sleepy Gulf Coast port city, has led the state in confirmed cases for weeks now, though it has a […]

The ugliest election

The bully-in-chief keeps issuing taunts on Twitter that accuse former President Barack Obama of some unspecified grand conspiracy. In what may be more evidence of a deteriorating mental state, President Donald J. Trump has made up “Obamagate,” apparently to account for the incompetence and malfeasance of his own administration. On Thursday (May 14), Trump tweeted […]