Thing Happen, But Life Goes On

April 1, 2020

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If there was a school for columnists or Op-ed writers, I am almost sure it would find the best applicants among those who always saw something bad or ugly in our world. Call them pessimists, nay sayers, or other appellations that connote a spirit or consciousness always with a dark and stormy cloud riding in […]

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Do you know what our teachers are being taught about American history?

April 1, 2020

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Did you know that “that slavery and racism are the foundations of American history?” How can that be? What happened to “all men are created equal” with liberty and justice for all? Democracy? The Vote? Liberty? Free Enterprise? Naw, forget all that claptrap. Here’s what our children need to be taught.   In 2019 The […]

The “I”s Have It

March 19, 2020

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If you think you’ve heard the expression, “the I’s have it,” you are right, but not using “I.” Rather the traditional expression is “the ayes have it” in referring to a vote where those voting “yes,” say “aye” in the old English. It may be a nautical term, since in the Navy we hardly ever […]

How Writing an Op-ed Column is Similar to Preaching in Church

March 19, 2020

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My experience is that you really haven’t preached a good sermon, or written a good column, if you don’t stir the pot, offend someone, and create some controversy, hopefully provoking thought as well as insults. The goal is not however to irritate people, but the strength of any good sermon or column is expressing the […]

Taking a Privilege

March 19, 2020

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I am taking a privilege today to tell you about a forthcoming visit to the University by Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez, former U. S ambassador to both Nicaragua and Argentina. He served as U. S. ambassador to Nicaragua from 1996-1999 and as ambassador to Argentina from 2003-2006. Ambassadors hold the highest foreign service assignment to the […]

Mr. Booth’s Cure for Laziness, and Other Societal Ills

February 23, 2020

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Mr. Booth was my Latin teacher from the seventh grade at The Pingry School in Hillside, N. J. My seventh-grade experience was about 1955, so Mr. Booth is long gone, but not forgotten. I remember Mr. Booth’s class as the first year of Latin we all had to take at a private, all boys prep […]

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The Pollsters

February 23, 2020

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Normally I don’t pay as much attention to polls as perhaps others do. I once read that President Clinton made few decisions without a pollster taking the pulse of what the people felt about this or that issue. I don’t know if Bill Clinton was that wishy washy about simply doing what he thought was […]

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