June 25, 2019

            The F-35 stealth fighter aircraft is one expensive plane.  It costs $135 million to produce a single aircraft, but Congress is prepared to authorize spending for 90 more planes, a dozen more than the Pentagon has requested.  Why?  Lobbyists for Lockheed Martin, the company that produces these aircraft, have exercised their fine art of persuasion to convince the House Armed Services Committee that these aircraft are needed for our national “defense”.  Wouldn’t you think the Pentagon has a better idea of what they “need” than lobbyists?  Or are the profits of this corporation more im...

June 17, 2019

            I love graduations!  I thoroughly enjoy the sense of achievement and possibility that permeates the air.  Graduations signify an ending, but the term "commencement" is used to signify beginnings since they are not only an opportunity to mark completion, but also to mark the beginning of a new chapter of life.  In some ways, commencements, regardless of the college or university, with the pomp and circumstance, the ritual robes, the rousing speeches, the tearful families.  The two commencements I attended during this graduation season shared those characteristics, but in many ways,...

June 10, 2019


Many know them as the Central Park Five, but filmmaker Ava DuVernay forces to us see the five wrongfully convicted men as individuals. Their names are names we must remember, as individual, courageous, principled Black and Brown men. They are Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, and Kevin Richardson. DuVernay's new Netflix mini-series, “When They See Us”, ask what "they" see when they see young men of color. They see criminals. They see violence. They don't see their precious youth, a youth that was snatched away by a racist criminal injustice system that railroaded them.


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 Our nation's 45th President is dead set on a trade war. He has increased tariffs on goods produced in China, and he has now indicated that he will increase tariffs on goods produced in Mexico. While the President will say that this is a tax on the countries he is imposing tariffs on, the fact is that it is a tax on people who buy goods produced in China or Mexico. Products manufactured in China include electronics and electronic components, televisions, washing machine and refrigerators, and more. With a 25 percent tariff, a $300 dishwasher will now cost $375. The duty won't take effect today...

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