Politics

Trump’s Plea: Sad … Never Able to be Comparably Replaced!

Sorry, I don’t have a photo of a Robert E. Lee’s statue. But I do have a photo from Jackson Hole, Wyoming of a bronco-riding cowboy statue, certainly at least as important artifact for our Western Heritage as Robert E. Lee’s statue is for the South’s Heritage. I am sure that if there was a […]


Sunblock – Florida Style

I’M AT THE AGE WHERE I PAY AN ANNUAL VIST TO MY DERMATOLOGIST to be sure that I’m not accumulating any sun spots that could become hazardous to my health. So far so good! A splash of liquid nitrogen on a brown spot or two and I’m on my way – usually with a recommendation […]


March 9, 2016 – A Wet Day in Oregon I’m Not Apt to Forget

I came to Oregon on March 3rd, 2016 on a mission. The Federal Court scheduled a March 9th hearing on the law suit filed by 21 gutsy kids to save our environment. The week prior to the hearing, the University of Oregon held its annual PIELC, Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, attended by some 3,000 […]


Getting a “Locke” on the 4th of July

It is sweltering hot in Philadelphia in late June 1776. That’s why he rented a second-floor apartment with five windows, giving him cross ventilation. He wanted the breeze to keep him cool; he had a lot of writing to do. There was no air conditioning. He wrote at night, after long hours spent with the […]


Let’s Take Darwin Off Autopilot

The January 18-24, 2014 issue of the New Scientist has a provocative editorial, The urge to dehumanize others is itself all too human. The editorial introduced the article, Talent for prejudice: Why humans dehumanize others [published in the hardcopy edition as “When the face doesn’t fit”]. Yes, apparently we all share a human tendency to […]


So — Will We be “On the Charts” or “Off the Charts?”

Back in 1983 I took what I thought would be a 6-months leave of absence from my law firm to “save” a troubled bank, Park Bank of Florida. But both the 6-month time period I allotted for the task and the idea of Salvation were but dreams of unreality. The bank failed in 1986 and […]


We Walk on Hallowed Ground – Thoughts for 2012 from the Antarctic

December 3, 2011. Rick Atkinson cut back the throttle on our Zodiac and we glided to our landing on Half Moon Island in the Southern Shetland Islands a few miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula. I swung my legs over the side of the Zodiac and splashed the last few steps in shallow water before […]


Getting a “Locke” on the 4th of July

It is sweltering hot in Philadelphia in late June 1776. That’s why he rented a second-floor apartment with five windows, giving him cross ventilation. He wanted the breeze to keep him cool; he had a lot of writing to do. There was no air conditioning. He wrote at night, after long hours spent with the […]


May 7, 1945 – May 7, 2011: Patriotism – its Decline and Fall – and Opportunity for Rebirth

May 7, 1945 was a special day. World War II ended in Europe on May 7, 1945 when German emissaries met with General Dwight Eisenhower at his schoolhouse headquarters in Reims, France. The New York Times headlines announced to an anxious world that on this day, Germany surrendered unconditionally. Thus, the ‘first leg” of the […]


Is the Navy Getting it Right this Time?

I was ten years old, walking down Fifth Street on my way home, in Superior, Wisconsin on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese Navy launched its surprise attack on the United States Navy at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A friend shouted the news to me from his porch. The attack, by 353 Japanese planes launched from […]


Disappearing Florida – The Eagle Has Landed!

Not all of the environmental information coming from Florida is discouraging. We do have an ecological success story! Our National Emblem, the Bald Eagle. After almost 40 years of concerted conservation efforts, the Eagle Has Landed! The Bald Eagle is the only eagle that is unique to North America. About half of the Bald Eagles […]


D Day. Honoring the Longest Day

June 6, 1944. D-Day. I was 13 years old. I followed the war intensely in those days, watching every newsreel, reading every 15-cent issue of Life Magazine I could get my hands on. Bobby Longtine was our first neighborhood casualty, in the Pacific theater of operations. I will never forget when I saw the Gold […]


The Race We Better Not Lose!

The National Post, a Canadian conservative newspaper, published a telling article January 30, 2010, Poverty stalks the middle class. The article was about the United States, not Canada. The article was based on a 43-page report from the U. S. Department of Commerce, issued January 25, 2010. The report concludes: It is more difficult now […]