An exit ramp for mass shootings and gun violence

The following is my proposed roadmap of actions which are reasonable and might bring together seemingly opposing viewpoints: Universal background checks required nation wide for all persons seeking to purchase a gun. Seems reasonable so persons with history of violence and/or mental illness/emotionally disturbed persons do not get to buy a gun. If you commitContinue reading “An exit ramp for mass shootings and gun violence”

Give credit where credit is due

When it comes to what Democrats and Progressives do and what they get credit for, there appears to be a disconnect that hurts them at the voting booth. Got me to thinking there should be a 3 column litmus test to match up the following: What they accomplish What they get credit for Who theyContinue reading “Give credit where credit is due”

Write a biography for those we do not understand or do not like

While listening to a fascinating interview of author and biographer Richard Norton Smith describe how he discovered what really “made some famous persons tick”, it occurred to me that the act of writing a biography could go a long way to understanding someone else’s essence. Only when we know all the intimate details of theContinue reading “Write a biography for those we do not understand or do not like”

Why do we hate each other so?

We connect on so may levels, enjoying laughs, sharing stories. I tell my mall stories based on 15 years as a mall cop Neighborhood pals, high school and college buddies share hilarious tales and hijinks. Every conversation starts with the phrase “remember the time when”. We end up toasting to good times and pledging toContinue reading “Why do we hate each other so?”

Tipping Point:

What’s worth protesting against? What’s worth dying for? Everyone I encounter seems to have strong opinions in this polarized world. Well, not really everyone. Many lack any opinions and their passions evolve around the mundane of sports, gaming, shopping and tweeting. As for the polarized persons for whom emotions run high, it got me toContinue reading “Tipping Point:”

One Priority, One Project

What would be the one project we all could engage in to build a renewed sense of community, unity and purpose? So many good causes, so many non-profits. Just check the list of the United Way and the Community Calendar of any community and you will be overwhelmed by the selections. All worthy causes andContinue reading “One Priority, One Project”

Manifesto of Big Ideas: Arbitration for all that ails us

Replace overbearing over-reach with reasoned oversight Too much oversight vs. too little recourse for injustices The government is often accused of being too big and too intrusive. The judicial system is a lengthy process. Litigation is costly for the aggrieved and out of reach for the poor . They are the ones most in needContinue reading “Manifesto of Big Ideas: Arbitration for all that ails us”

When Left Meets Right

The pandemic and the ramp up to the November election got me to thinking of the following reflections: Some claim the pandemic provides an excuse for capitalist overlords and the “powers that be” to scoop up the property of homeowners and small businesses because foreclosures and bankruptcies will occur in the wake of the quarantine.Continue reading “When Left Meets Right”

Common Ground

The SILLY SEASON is fast approaching. The 2020 campaign for USA president in heating up. It’s that special bipolar time of year when the trenches between liberals and conservatives, democrats and republicans get dug deep. That special time when everybody’s talking and nobody’s listening. Nobody’s convincing. The commuters are lined up along the train platformContinue reading “Common Ground”

Common Ground

The SILLY SEASON is fast approaching. The 2020 campaign for USA president in heating up. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s that special bipolar time of year when the trenches between liberals and conservatives, democrats and republicans get dug deep. That special time when everybody’s talking and nobody’s listening. Nobody’s convincing. The commuters areContinue reading “Common Ground”