Lessons of NYPD’s “friendly fire”

The death of New York City police Detective Brian Simonsen, who was fatally wounded Feb. 12 in a “friendly fire” incident, is tragic. The officers whose shots struck their fellow officers — not only killing Simonsen but also wounding another, Sgt. Matthew Gorman — are unlikely to ever fully recover emotionally and psychologically. They killed […]

Little hope for Peace on Earth

Even if humankind lasts another 100,000 years, which seems unlikely, we may never have peace on earth. Human beings seem wired for conflict, for envy of the neighbor, for hatred of the other. Besides, experts predict that climate change will bring on ever more strife as the hard-pressed and unlucky — residents of low-lying island […]

Christmas, Christians and a wall

The conservative media axis is aflame with anger and resentment over President Donald J. Trump’s failure so far to procure funding for his wall across the southern border. It seems an odd preoccupation in a moment of a teetering economy, a chaotic White House, numerous foreign conflagrations and multiple investigations into a corrupt administration, but […]

Nike: Just buy it

Nike didn’t wait for Super Bowl LIII to debut its most powerful — and controversial — commercial. Its most recent ad campaign has already sparked outrage, with some consumers setting their sneakers on fire and posting pictures on social media sites. The cause of the combustion is the athlete at the center of the campaign: […]

Let Mollie Tibbetts rest in peace

A young woman named Mollie Tibbetts was murdered last month in Iowa. She went for her daily jog in the hamlet of Brooklyn, where she was home from college for the summer, and she didn’t return. Her body was found earlier this week in a field. That’s simply awful. Her family and friends are likely […]

Crime is falling, fear is not

Mobile, AL. — Listening to some campaign commercials, I’m swept into the 2013 horror film, “The Purge” — which portrays a terrifying evening of violent crime. Here in Trump country, politicians running for posts from sheriff to attorney general are pledging to bring an end to what the president has infamously called “American carnage.” Steve […]

This is child abuse

It’s not over. President Donald J. Trump has finally caved to wide-ranging pressure, including pleas from his wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka, and ended the vicious policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The crisis will recede from view as journalists move on to other political outrages and members of Congress lapse […]