Politics

Civil rights icon John Lewis: love and non-violent protest

(Photo of Hon. John Lewis taken by Suzette Standring) Our fractured society is discouraging, so take heart from Hon. John Lewis, the Georgia State Representative (5th District) who received the 2017 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Student Ivan Rahman asked, “Will you share a time in your activism when you […]

Vietnam: the healing effect of anti-war protest

I am in Vietnam where Americans are warmly welcomed.  Odd.  I’m 62 and I recall TV images of brutal jungle warfare. From 1964 to 1973 about 2 million tons of American bombs were dropped. As a teenager, I learned about napalm and Agent Orange.  Most of all, I remember the anti-war protests.  Apparently, so do […]

To “Won’t Voters”: Spare me your impotent morality

To the “Won’t Voters” who claim conscience and will refrain from voting: Spare me your impotent morality.  On Nov. 9, if the new president horrifies you, it’s on you. I’m voting for Hillary Clinton because she represents reason.  Don’t parrot about her emails. That is nothing compared to Trump’s boasts of sexual assault, stiffing companies […]

Election: Do past screw-ups totally define us?

While an election apology may lead to forgiveness, neither one erases consequences, especially in the digital age when the mistakes of ten, 20, even 40 years ago can be dredged up to fresh outrage.  Redemption is truly the Lord’s, because nobody has a chance in hell with people. The presidential campaign is a criminal kangaroo […]

Orlando Shootings: Overcome retaliation

After the killing of 49 innocent people dancing in an Orlando nightclub, my heart shrunk with despair.  The familiarity of mass murder is paralyzing because hate cannot be legislated away when such a killer believes his murderous rage is righteous.  How do I battle my own gut reaction toward retaliation? The Washington Post reported 29-year-old […]