Category Archives: Syria

The Middle-East Conundrum

It seems to me…. “If we’ve learned anything from 15 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that local people and nations have to secure their own communities. We can help them, and we should, but we cannot substitute … Continue reading

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2017 – It Was A Year

It seems to me…. “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke[1]. Another year – 2017 – has now passed. When young, New Year’s was an excuse to party but … Continue reading

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Living With Immigration

It seems to me…. “Ours is an open and accepting society and has historically provided an avenue for lawful immigration to all those willing to accept the responsibilities of citizenship.” ~ Spencer Bachus[1]. The entire world is in an age … Continue reading

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The Refugee/Immigration Dilemma

It seems to me…. “But then I came to the conclusion that no, while there may be an immigration problem, it isn’t really a serious problem. The really serious problem is assimilation.” ~ Samuel P. Huntington[1]. Politicians frequently intentionally fail … Continue reading

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2016 – The Year That Was

It seems to me…. “For 18 years I have resisted talking about current events. I am not going to start now.” ~ George H. W. Bush[1]. 2016 was comprised of many little things: while some events over the past year … Continue reading

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2016 Election: Final Thoughts

It seems to me…. “In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?” ~ Barack Obama. Unable to sleep, I wrote most of this column about 3:00 … Continue reading

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Uncompassionate, Closeminded, Mendacious….

It seems to me…. “Hypocrisy is a value that I think has been embraced by the Republican Party. We get lectured by people all day long about moral values by people who have their own moral shortcomings.” ~ Howard Dean[1]. … Continue reading

Posted in Army, Austerity, Bigotry, Budget, Candidate, Christianity, Climate, Clinton, College, College, Conservatives, Cost, Cost, Debt, Defense, Disparity, Distortions, Donald Trump, ECON-101, Economic, Economics, Economy, Education, Education, Elections, Employment, Employment, Employment, Environment, Extremists, Funding, Funding, George W. Bush, Gun, Harry Reid, Health, Healthcare, Home, Immigration, Incarceration, Income, Inequality, Inequality, Infrastructure, Iraq, Islam, Jobs, Jobs, Judaism, Judicial, Ku Klux Klan, LGBT, Lower-Income, Military, Minorities, Muslim, Nazi, Newt Gingrich, Obama, Politics, Poverty, Preschool, Presidential, Racism, Refugee, Religion, Republican, Research, STEM, Stimulus, Stimulus, Subsidies, Supreme Court, Syria, Tax Code, Tax Cuts, Taxes, Taxes, Taxes, Tea Party, Tuition, Wages, Weapon, Wisconsin | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments