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BY COLUMNISTS

| Joe Charlebois | Guest Columnist | Harry M. Covert | Norman M. Covert | Ken Kellar | Patricia A. Kelly | Edward Lulie III | Tom McLaughlin | Patricia Price | Cindy A. Rose | Richard B. Weldon Jr. |

DOCUMENTS


The Tentacle


Patricia A. Kelly

May 26, 2017
Hurrah! For Our Wonderfully Designed Democratic Republic
Patricia A. Kelly

Yes, he’s a little rough around the edges here at home. His White House is behind on appointments and a little jumbled, with communications issues and leaks. At the same time, President Donald Trump is being persecuted and ridiculed, unquestionably, by the media and his enemies.


May 12, 2017
A Country Divi…ded
Patricia A. Kelly

The demonization of President Donald Trump marches on, ever more creative and ever more vulgar. “He’s going to start World War III.” “He’s a malignant narcissist with psychotic components.” “He hates people who aren’t white Christians.” “He will take health care away from the poor.” “He will destroy the country.” “He’s in love, or lust, with his daughter.”


April 10, 2017
Syria, Foreign Policy, and Donald Trump
Patricia A. Kelly

President Donald Trump certainly surprised the world last week by dropping missiles on a Syrian air base after Bashar al Assad’s chemical weapons attack on a defenseless village – and bombing the hospital where the victims were being treated.


September 30, 2016
The Debate, and So On
Patricia A. Kelly

The big event is over. There’s lots of talk about it, of course, with disagreement about the winner, usually divided along partisan lines.


September 15, 2016
Trump v. Clinton plus Obama
Patricia A. Kelly

I’m sure my life would be happier and more peaceful without this presidential election, but, I admit, I’m a political junkie right now and just can’t ignore it, or the behavior of our president.


August 30, 2016
Now, Consider This
Patricia A. Kelly

The presidential campaign, no surprise here, is on fire. We’re waiting to see how the other shoe falls for Hillary Clinton, as more government-related, destroyed emails surface from the accounts of people who received them.


August 19, 2016
Musings on Europe
Patricia A. Kelly

I awoke the morning after returning from Europe with a sense of dismay because the hotel where I stayed while in Prague was built on the site where Jews were gathered for transport to the camp called Theresinstadt, to await transfer to death camps.


July 22, 2016
The Fun Side of Politics
Patricia A. Kelly

So, politics can be fun after all. The Republican National Convention has been full of fun, along with some very interesting moments.


July 15, 2016
An End to Anger
Patricia A. Kelly

Born in Washington, D.C. a blonde white girl, I grew up there in the 1950s. My parents allowed no talk of racism in our home. In kindergarten, I experienced my first crush, on a black classmate, Ricky. No one told me that wasn’t okay. I was allowed to believe that Ricky was a person, just like me.


July 12, 2016
What A Choice (!) ?
Patricia A. Kelly

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton shared an Air Force One flight to North Carolina last Tuesday to attend their first joint campaign rally. There was hugging and laughter, as well as a little dance from the shirt-sleeved president, who shared his famous campaign slogan “Fired up and ready to go!”


June 30, 2016
The Most Important Elections
Patricia A. Kelly

This year it’s Congress, and by that I mean both the House and the Senate. The presidential race is a mess, with the Republican candidate talking like a bully on the playground, and the Democrat under serious FBI investigation.


June 23, 2016
Time to Buckle Down
Patricia A. Kelly

It looks like the presidential candidates are buckling down for the general election, and making some changes. Tuesday I heard Hillary Clinton making a measured, anti-Donald Trump speech, without a single shriek. I hear she’s hired a speech coach.


June 16, 2016
Tragedy and Meaning
Patricia A. Kelly

This week has marked the largest mass shooting in American history, the worst terrorist attack on U.S soil since the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center in New York.


June 2, 2016
The Issues and The Solutions
Patricia A. Kelly

What a crazy time in politics! Our presidential election, just so far, has been unbelievable, from the Republican presumptive nominee’s name calling to the federal investigation into the email use by the Democratic front runner.


May 19, 2016
The Media
Patricia A. Kelly

Stop torturing me! I mean it. I can’t stand to listen, read or watch you anymore. All you’re looking for is sensation, when I’m looking for news.


April 28, 2016
A New Decade
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s coming for me. Another big birthday. In fact, as a cruel friend once told me prior to another birthday, actuarially speaking, I’m already there. This one is the one when I officially become old. I’m pretty sure I’m not ready for that.


April 14, 2016
Electing the President
Patricia A. Kelly

We, the people, don’t. Donald Trump’s campaign’s naiveté regarding the workings of the presidential election system, and his surprise that winning the popular vote doesn’t directly give him delegate votes, can serve as a reminder to all of us that our say in the presidential election is quite limited.


March 31, 2016
True Life’s Blessings
Patricia A. Kelly

How lucky am I, to be married, through my child, into a family that, more than anything, knows how to celebrate. Every holiday, no matter how small, is cause for parties and gifts, which is exactly the way life should be.


March 17, 2016
Handwriting on the Wall
Patricia A. Kelly

It may be over. Yes, we’ll continue to have primaries, but it will be a surprise if Ted Cruz, John Kasich or Bernie Sanders wins their party’s presidential nomination.


March 3, 2016
The Presidential Conundrum, or American Society 101
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s happening, and those of us not thrilled might as well get used to it. Donald Trump is winning. He may well win the Republican nomination and run against Hillary Clinton for president.


February 18, 2016
Light in the Week’s Darkness
Patricia A. Kelly

Within three hours of the announcement of the death of renowned Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, politicians, fight or flight hormones fully engaged, were ready, not to lament his death, or to honor him for his incredible career, but to fire another weapon in their ongoing political battle.


February 4, 2016
The Voting Has Just Begun
Patricia A. Kelly

The Iowa caucuses are over, the results interesting. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who mounted an impeccable and perfectly Iowan campaign, won. He appeals to many evangelicals, and this is their heartland. Iowa was his turf, and he did everything right.


January 21, 2016
Paternalism 101, and Other Stories
Patricia A. Kelly

2016 has begun in a crazy and difficult way for me. Family members and friends have been sick and in need of help, and politics in my own community turned into a raging maelstrom.


December 24, 2015
Merry Christmas
Patricia A. Kelly

For me, the onset of the Christmas season brings annoyance and anger. I’ll be so busy. All this gift giving and partying, public events and lights, and hours of tree decorating interfere with my plans, not to mention all the things I usually do, which I want to do more than ever now that there’s no time for them.


December 3, 2015
Reaping What You Sow
Patricia A. Kelly

Watching television the other night I saw Joe the Plumber, fat body decked out in camouflage gear, reaching for his Prilosec. The ad implied that little pill will keep his stomach happy, and heartburn at bay, no matter what he eats.


November 19, 2015
ISIL and the Great War
Patricia A. Kelly

What a tragedy, Paris under attack. More innocent people killed, and a clear display of the reach of ISIL.


November 5, 2015
Brickbats and Soundbites
Patricia A. Kelly

A dreadful form of “news,” these twisted, context-free headlines and posts, are major obstacles to political dialogue. Can you believe it?


October 15, 2015
Running With Scissors
Patricia A. Kelly

You’ve heard of the T shirt. The alternative is “Plays Well with Others.” I’m sorry to say, fellow conservatives, many of you are going to have to wear “Running with Scissors,” and, on your heads, a dunce cap.


October 1, 2015
The Matter with Congress
Patricia A. Kelly

After we finish spitting expletives through our teeth and banging our heads in frustration against the nearest wall, we try to figure out what’s the matter with Congress.


September 17, 2015
Dear Donald!
Patricia A. Kelly