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Back in the 1960s women were sometimes candidates for my church denomination’s yearly conference moderator position, but none had been elected yet, when one year the nominating committee listed two women for that position so a woman would finally be elected. Some men came to my father asking… Read more

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The respective virtues and pitfalls of two competing economic systems are in full-throated debate. Socialism, which only until recently was advocated by “fringe” progressives, is being promoted by many mainstream Democrats. Capitalism — the economic system that propelled the United States on… Read more

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In 1988, I was assigned to a U.S. Navy Warship as the ship’s dental officer. We were sent to the Persian Gulf for a six-month deployment. At the time, the Iran/Iraq war was raging. In May 1987, the USS Stark had been mistakenly targeted by Iraqi warplanes. It was hit by two antishipping miss… Read more

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Here is my reply to Bill Faw’s op-ed, “Breaking Down Grandiosity,” June 14, stating that my observation on Hillary was written without giving any evidence. There are many books available on the subject of Hillary written by “insiders” such as retired Secret Service agents and others, among t… Read more

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What enables some of us to accept climate change or global warming as a real phenomenon caused by human activity while others cannot share this same opinion? Even family and friends are heatedly divided on this topic. Given my own views, there are some basic examples in many of our lives whi… Read more

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Democratic and Republican administrations have done it. Presidents with allegedly different philosophies have done it. They have started unnecessary wars, largely to enhance their own administrations and the consequent opportunities to use wartime powers. Read more

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In the 20th century, Republicans and conservatives advocated for conservation. Republican President Theodore Roosevelt said “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your ch… Read more

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I heard the story of a 19-year-old man who had broken his smart phone twice and replaced it. After he broke it a third time, his father finally discovered what was going on. He confessed that he’d broken it by throwing it in a fury against a wall, so disgusted with himself that he couldn’t s… Read more

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There are people in this country who would prefer a move away from capitalism and toward socialism. Less than a week before Cuba was closed to Americans, I visited there and I'm here to report that it is frightening to think that Americans could consider anything close to socialism. Read more

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On May 14 my open forum “Grandiosity In Office” was published, the first half of which listed statements and actions illustrating that “one of the striking characteristics of President Trump is grandiosity.” Then I asked readers to compare these with the symptoms of Narcissistic Personality … Read more

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As we approach another election cycle, many Democratic candidates advocate “Medicare for All” (aka, universal health care or “free health care for all.”). As an active duty member of the United States military, I participated in — or, rather, was subjected to — “free government health care” … Read more

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Anthropocene: The Time of Humans. The U.N. in a report has stated the unbelievable: Humans have inhabited the Earth for 200,000 years. Two hundred years ago the Earth’s population was 1 billion people: Today that population is (approximately) 7.3 billion, over seven times more. Further in th… Read more

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Japan in the late 1960s made it an official policy to subsidize their integrated circuit market. The U.S. manufacturers could not manufacturer their “chips” at the price Japanese manufacturers were selling them. The result was most American semi-conductor developers and producers went out of… Read more

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It is important these days that we assume positive intent from others. We must believe that politicians are doing their best to serve the constituency that has sent them to their office. Personally, I’m working to look for the best in all of our representatives, whether red or blue, liberal … Read more

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Two articles in a recent edition of the Daily News-Record (May 24, 2019) gave me encouragement and reminded me that even in chaotic times most folks are staying focused on things that matter and are going about their work diligently and well. Read more