The hate they give

My daughter was born in December 2008, just weeks after the nation elected Barack Obama its first black president. I was euphoric, overly confident in my country, giddily optimistic about the future. Addressing her in a diary, I wrote: “. . .I’m thrilled you’re going to grow up in a nation that is a much […]

If climate change is a hoax . . .

“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?”— George Orwell, 1984 As President Donald […]

Clean house at Border Patrol

You don’t have to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement or “decriminalize” illegal entry into the United States to humanize border patrol. You don’t have to close all the detention centers into which migrants are now cramped and stacked as if, yes, they are in concentration camps (though that would help). You don’t have to give […]

Another week, another mass shooting

Late last month, the United States recorded yet another mass shooting. This one took place on a Friday afternoon in Virginia Beach, when a not-so-civil servant mowed down several of his co-workers at a municipal building. The shooter killed 12 people before he was shot dead in a gun battle with police. That sort of […]

Extreme weather is the new normal

You don’t have to be a physicist or geologist to know that the earth’s climate is changing in ways that are destined to make the landscape less hospitable for humans. Just look around. The dangers are evident. In the final weeks of May, tornadoes ripped through the center of the United States day after day, […]