As we begin a new year, I thought I’d write about a few things to remember about the last, some good, and some not-so-good. On the national news scene, the ongoing soap opera that is the Trump presidency continued and still continues. Years ago, I said that George W. Bush was the worst President of […]Read more "Bye, Bye 2019, Hello 2020"
I’ve been thinking a lot about President Biden lately, particularly his persistently low approval ratings in the upper 30s in percent. I happily voted for him in 2020, and was elated that he handily defeated Donald Trump (despite Trump and his gang’s protestations). If Biden had done nothing else, I look at him as a […]Read more "Joe Biden"
First, to begin on a positive note, Congress passed and President Biden signed the bipartisan gun safety bill last week, the first such new law in 30 years. It certainly didn’t contain everything that I, or other people who think the same way, would’ve liked, most particularly a ban on the sale of weapons of […]Read more "One pretty good occurrence and two really terrible ones"
In the parlance of my favorite spectator sport, baseball, the House January 6th Committee “hit the ball out of the park” with their televised hearing last night. Chairman Benny Thompson was eloquent in his opening statement, again reminding everyone that his, and every person serving in the government’s most basic requirement is to defend the […]Read more "Home Run!"
I’ve just witnessed something astounding on television. As usual when home, I was tuned into either CNN or MSNBC (I think it was MSNBC this time), when there, speaking from the White House Press room, was Matthew Mcconaughey . I knew he was born in Uvalde, Texas, so it was no surprise that he was […]Read more "Astounding!"
In these mostly gloomy news days, there are a couple of small glimmers of hope. With the Uvalde, Texas mass shooting still on everyone’s mind, and the almost daily drumbeat of similar horrible events continuing, there seems to be some real hope that Congress will finally do something to help in some way. The news […]Read more "A couple of hopeful signs, maybe"
I agree with all those who think President Biden’s speech a couple of nights ago was a very good one–one of his best. I think more and more people are coming over to the idea that something has to be done about the continuing exponential increase in gun-related deaths in our country, whether in mass-shooting […]Read more "The President’s Speech, etc."
This title was the mantra of the Republican Party, especially during the Trump administration, about repealing Obamacare (the ACA), and replacing it with something “better”–it never happened. Is it time to think doing this about an entirely unrelated subject, namely the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? 19 children and 2 teachers were killed at […]Read more "Repeal and Replace"
Yesterday brought the bombshell news, via a leaked draft of a Supreme Court ruling, that the Court is likely to reverse the Roe v. Wade decision from 50 years ago, and take away the Federal Government’s protection of women’s rights to have an abortion. This, despite the fact that a large majority of our citizens […]Read more "Reversing Roe v. Wade"
Like so many of us, I’ve been closely following each day’s news about Russia’s criminal invasion of Ukraine. What I’ve learned, fairly recently, is that I have a family connection there. What follows tells more about my family history than I’ve written about here so far. That history is more complicated than for most people. […]Read more "My Ukrainian Connection"
I’ll confess that I’ve never been a Republican sympathizer, having voted for very few people in their party during my lifetime. I do believe in the importance of multiple (or at least two) parties to provide multiple viewpoints about the serious issues our country always faces, so, therefore, it’s been very troubling to me, and […]Read more "Is the Republican Party Beginning to Return to Reality?"