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July 31, 2017 2:17 PM

Trump’s team isn’t the big problem

New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly may have the toughest job around. Somehow, Kelly must instill professionalism and discipline into a president and his staff who believe those qualities are for sissies. This will be no easy task. But it’s clearly necessary. Even Karl Rove – the master of the political dark arts who helped elect Republican George W. Bush president – has been lamenting the dysfunction in President Donald Trump’s White House.…

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April 27, 2017 2:08 PM

Smart money?

You voted for Trump last fall, and this spring undocumented immigrants are rolling sod onto your vast suburban lawn. Did you lose the number for ICE? You donated to Trump, and the insurance business you run will not cover Florida coastal properties because they’re shrinking. Don’t you know it takes nerve to be great? You supported Trump and all things Republican, and your company is going solar despite government obstruction, because coal  makes less financial…

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April 9, 2017 12:49 PM

Kurt Vonnegut and ‘original virtue’

So it goes. April 11 marks the 10th anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death. He and I were friends – actually, “pals” was the term he used – during the last years of his life. Whenever I traveled to New York, generally four or five times a year, we would get together to swap stories and talk about life over Italian food (for lunch) or French cuisine (for dinner) at two of his favorite haunts in…

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February 19, 2017 5:21 PM

In dark days, 2 candles

The last time I saw Michael Gradison, I was helping him struggle up the steps of the City-County Building to join a demonstration on behalf of unionization for hotel workers making poverty wages. The last time I saw Joe Zelenka, I was trying and failing to lift him into bed in a nursing home room bedecked with memorabilia of his humanitarian work and his large, close family. Michael died Feb. 12 after fighting through pain…

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February 2, 2017 9:56 PM

Foreign Policy & Pure Aggression

I am honestly trying my best to understand the Donald Trump foreign policy. So far, I see only naked verbal aggression, even with America’s best friends. His Twitter exchange with the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is picking a fight with our southern neighbor.  The fracas is verbal for now.  Even though America is the behemoth to the north, Mexico can make life miserable for America.  Let’s hope the relationship never gets to that extreme.…

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January 8, 2017 11:30 AM

How Orange alters colors

“Better Red than dead,” the lefties were wont to say back in the Ban-the-Bomb days, when Donald Trump’s handlers were nannies. “Better Russkie than Democrat” is the contemporary version for fans of an unabashed pal of the Kremlin leadership who’s defied his nation’s own spy agencies in blowing off overwhelming evidence that our election process was violated to grease the defeat of a candidate the Russians don’t like. Trump has pretty much exhausted our capacity…

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November 30, 2016 6:03 PM

Scoring points while losing arguments … and elections

Give the man his due. President-elect Donald Trump did what he said he was going to do – save jobs. The news Tuesday that Trump had brokered a deal with Carrier Corp. to keep the company from moving 1,000 Hoosier jobs to Mexico is a good thing. It means, at the very least, that for a lot of Hoosier families the holidays just became a lot brighter. Because Trump is such a divisive figure, even…

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November 11, 2016 4:10 PM

Donald Trump and seeds upon the earth

The Bible says it best, in Galatians: “For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” The election of Republican Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States has yielded little but fury. Demonstrators upset about this elevation to the world’s most powerful office have taken to the streets in cities across America to protest. Some of Trump’s more unsavory supporters have seen his triumph as license to come out of the shadows…

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November 7, 2016 6:43 PM

‘Twas the Night Before Election

‘Twas the night before Election, and all through the land, Everyone was stirring, the rallies were out of hand! The yard signs were planted in the ground with care, In hopes that their candidate would win the big chair! “Our guys behind, we must work harder!”, they all said, While visions of winning danced in their heads. With mamma with her walk-book and I with my walk app Had just hunkered down for neighborhood walking…

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October 9, 2016 9:54 AM

When you shake hands with The Donald….

Let’s face it – this wasn’t a surprise. Long before the recordings surfaced of Donald Trump speaking of women in crude, offensive and misogynistic terms, the Republican presidential candidate had made it abundantly clear who and what he was. Certainly, his hatred of women had been on full display. Megyn Kelly of Fox News, Rosie O’Donnell, Alicia Machado, Carly Fiorina and, yes, Hillary Clinton all can testify to Trump’s demeaning dismissals of women as beings…

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