Category Archives: Social Commentary

Errand Day

When we had insufficient income to pay bills few errands were run. We made almost no home repairs, delayed maintenance on everything, and minimized activities that required resources not on hand. Now that our retirement income is set, and supplemented … Continue reading

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Anniversary No One Wants to Remember

Friday will be the anniversary of one of the most sensational mass murders in United States history. While the Aug. 9, 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan was far worse in terms of premeditation, number of human deaths, and physical … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter and Prejudice Against Women

On Jan. 19, 1976, the day of the Iowa precinct caucuses that started Jimmy Carter on a path from relative obscurity to becoming the Democratic nominee for president, I was in U.S. Army Basic Training at Fort Jackson, S.C. I … Continue reading

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Why Racism?

Racism is a feature of the Trump administration geared toward activating marginal voters who support his racist statements to get them to vote to elect Republicans, posits Thom Hartmann in the clip below. “When Trump said this he knew exactly … Continue reading

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Data Points To Corporate Influence

Is the Ohio federal court’s recent release of Drug Enforcement Agency data about manufacture and distribution of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills significant? Maybe. I found last week’s Washington Post presentation of scrubbed data engaging for the ten minutes or so … Continue reading

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Parade and Fragments

A summer parade in Iowa is a chance to showcase lives for the entire community. Farmers, restaurateurs, insurance agents, bankers, retailers, construction companies, government organizations and more cleanup their equipment and parade it through town handing out treats and small … Continue reading

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Independence Day 2019

Happy Independence Day… reluctantly. I’ve not been a fan of the Independence Day holiday since military service. It’s not that I paid much attention to it previously. As a military officer I had time to reflect on the meaning of … Continue reading

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