The Democratic Way Back

As a Democrat who loyally voted 95% for Democrats, I had a weird reaction to last week's midterm election.  While I was not happy,...

The Wrong Foreign Policy (Again)

The Middle East interventionists are once again ascendant in US foreign policy.  President Obama has ordered both the air force and army helicopters into...

Misunderstanding the Ray Rice Story

It is actually  misunderstanding the Janay Palmer story.  Ray Rice is the disgraced and now unemployed abuser of Janay Palmer, the victim.  The NFL, cable news intelligentsia,...

Hope for Federal Conservation?

Above Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. The United States is spending less and less on the National Park Service. As I have written...

A New Policy on Israel and Palestine

The United States has now spent my entire lifetime focused on bringing peace to Israel and the lands around it.  The effort has failed....

Being Hispanic and Immigration Reform

  In my early forties I discovered that under US law I was Hispanic.  Even though my father was white and my mother a white...

“Yes, Sir” And Moved Out Toward The Enemy

As I wrote about on Facebook on July 4th, I had a very tough conversation with a combat veteran earlier in the week.  He...

Common Core and the Absence of Innovation

This is one of those topics where you have to actually open up the standards and spend time reading them.  Reading pundits or relying...

Uniting Around Poverty

My last piece, Stop Making Race a Divisive Issue, generated a few on-line comments, but depressingly most comments were off-line.  I did want to...

Stop Making Race A Divisive Issue

I went into a meeting so angry over Charles Blow's recent column in the New York Times that one of my colleagues actually recoiled when...

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