Sometimes one needs a break from politics. Hatred, vituperation, personal attacks, identity politics, and the rampant absence of fact-based proposals to make things better take a toll.
Congressman Steven King, of Iowa, is under fire in the House of Representatives because of comments he made recently asking when white nationalism, white supremacy and western civilization became offensive words. His history includes other questionably prejudicial or racist remarks.
On Sunday I attended Bob Woodward’s talk at the Weinberg Center. For those who have been under the bed for the past few months, this respected journalist who, along with Carl Bernstein, outed President Richard Nixon and triggered the Watergate crisis, recently published a book called “Fear,” about the Donald Trump administration.
A couple of interesting items appeared this week in the Frederick News-Post. The first was the story from 100 years ago of the champion girl farmer of Maryland, Miss Marie L. Grason, daughter of State Senator Charles S. Grason of St. Mary’s County.
It was an historic event at the Frederick Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning with the swearing-in of the Honorable Charles A. (Chuck) Jenkins and the deputies of the Sheriff’s Department of Frederick County. Thank goodness Chuck will be serving our community as chief law enforcement officer for another four years.
My neighborhood flag is flying at half-staff. Our 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush, has died. Today is a national day of mourning.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Thanksgiving was begun to give thanks for the survival of colonists of the “new world,” the future United States of America.
I’ve seen a lot of things, from the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, to a woman with her head on backwards after a car accident, to General Dien Bien Phu shooting a prisoner in the head in Hanoi, Vietnam, as shown on the evening news here in the United States.
For much of history, women have been considered second class citizens, prevented from voting, or even owning property. We were controlled by men, first fathers and then husbands. Even today, some women throughout the world aren’t allowed to show their faces to anyone other than their husbands or immediate relatives.
Voter turnout in the mid-term is often low, especially for the party in power. This year may be different, with the Trump-hating left eager to gain a majority in Congress, and the right deeply offended by some crazy leftist behavior.
Seven to fourteen thousand people are on their way, depending on the reporter of the moment. President Donald Trump says they’re not going to be allowed to enter the United Sates. He says there will be a wall of people at the Texas/Mexico border to stop them.
It’s coming. Early voting begins on October 25. Politics for the past two years seems to center on President Donald J. Trump, but, really, all politics is local.
The hearing/circus is over, and Brett Kavanaugh is a Supreme Court justice. That is a good thing. Perhaps most important for American men and women, the principle of innocent until proven guilty has been upheld.
The elected president, of whichever party, chooses and nominates new justices to fill any Supreme Court vacancies that occur during his or her term. President Donald Trump has nominated two constitutionalist judges since taking office in January 2017.
President Donald Trump recently made a huge misstatement on Twitter about Puerto Rico. The suggestion that 3,000 estimated deaths “didn’t happen” is ludicrous. Of course, more people died than the number at the time of his post-hurricane visit.
Born, baptized and educated within it, I was a member for years. For most of my elementary school years, I had to ignore some things about the semi-cloistered nuns who taught in our school.
It’s beginning. The drama continues over National Football League (NFL) players “taking a knee” during the playing of the national anthem, over rule changes, even over Colin Kaepernick’s Nike commercial.
Just a note to all the charities and political organizations to whom I have contributed this year: Hi there. I know I am naive, but, in working out a budget this year, I decided to give you my annual contribution at the beginning of the year, so I could take one more thing off my plate, and not worry about you throughout the year.
As we in the United States attempt to re-write our history and focus on the “blame” game, we risk losing ourselves to an all-encompassing state.
Well, there’s been no summer idyll really, although it sounds so nice. Family caregiving has taken its’ toll on summer days. It’s okay, of course, as life brings what it brings, to all parties.
Let’s begin by acknowledging that Monday’s joint press conference, featuring Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, was not Donald Trump’s finest hour. He once again left himself open to misinterpretation with his personally defensive responses and his after-meeting positivity toward the Russian President.
It’s over, whether you like the results or not. It might be more than time to take stock of what has been happening in our political world of late.
Life throws more than just curve balls. I’m carrying a baby with a birth defect. Do I abort it? My dad is very sick, and unable to be reliable in taking his medicine, although he wishes to remain at home. He doesn’t have enough income to hire in home caregivers.
The Supreme Court issued an opinion this week in favor of the Colorado baker who refused – on religious grounds – to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.
I’ve about had to give up cable “news.” Just can’t stand the constant prattling on about the same thing. From CNN, President Donald Trump is always wrong. The other day, when he was doing his typical hard negotiating with Kim Jung Un, CNN was reduced to criticizing the public nature of their discourse, comparing them to a 12-year-old schoolboys on the playground.
The latest school shooting certainly brings this question to mind. How much do we treasure these young beings, who will, with a lot of care and a little good luck, grow up to create good lives that benefit themselves, their children and our world.
Cojones! It sounds more polite in Spanish than in English. Whatever the polite term, how refreshing and delightful to know our president has them.
Immigration. The stories and arguments never end. Worst of all, immigration has been completely politicized. That means that legislators who could be considering facts and statistics, and finding solutions, are not.
Believe it or not, there’s talk going around the country about something called Civil Discourse. It seems an actual movement has developed, in the face of all the name calling, demonization and general vituperation making headlines throughout our land.