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HB 2369 Proposal to Eliminate the AZ State Parks Board

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 17:34:08 +0000

There is an interesting editorial in the Arizona Daily Star regarding HB2369 which would eliminate the AZ State Parks Board and replace it with an appointed Director.  The primary sponsor of this legislation is TJ Shopes of LD 8. These are the statutory responsibilities of the State Parks Board: “The Purpose of the ASPB is … Continue reading HB 2369 Proposal to Eliminate the AZ State Parks Board



American Carnage and Philip Roth

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:46:49 +0000

Sometime ago I was on a Philip Roth binge.  He is a great writer, most famous for “Portnoy’s Complaint.” This is a laugh-out-loud book and won him many kudos. Trump’s inaugural speech and dystopian view of America and American carnage reminded me of a different Philip Roth novel, called “The Plot Against America” which at the … Continue reading American Carnage and Philip Roth



An Inauguration Day Reflection

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:00:56 +0000

Many of us have wrestled with a feeling of isolation from our neighbors and friends in Saddlebrooke who supported Donald J. Trump.  His campaign was disappointing to so many of us in the way it denigrated the Office of President.  From his unapologetic “birther” campaign, a challenge to the legitimacy Obama’s presidency, to his many falsehoods … Continue reading An Inauguration Day Reflection



Combating Fake News!

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:16:21 +0000

I read a very interesting article from fivethirtyeight called “Fact Checking Won’t Save Us From False News.”  Interesting discussion from the history of news, to the many psychological issues that surround what we choose to believe and what we don’t. Perhaps the biggest new thought the article contained for me is that false news is … Continue reading Combating Fake News!



Will Trump move the American Embassy to Jerusalem?

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 23:52:37 +0000

It seems that the cultural and political divide in Israel is as wide and entrenched as the divide in the US that resulted in a closely contested election for a president-elect who has played hard to the right in US – Israeli relations.  This divide has most recently played out in a UN Security Council vote condemning Israeli … Continue reading Will Trump move the American Embassy to Jerusalem?



A Letter to the President Elect

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:19:47 +0000

Kathleen Parker is one of my very favorite columnists.  She is a conservative columnist, but one that I regularly read to challenge my thinking about issues and candidates.  She represents one of the many conservatives not enthralled with “The Donald” and regularly reminds her readers how far we’ve strayed from the path of reason in … Continue reading A Letter to the President Elect



Looking forward to becoming the loyal opposition

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:19:15 +0000

It took me almost a month to finally come to a new place in my thought, mood and vision for the next four years.  There may be a few things that will happen that we can cheer.  DJT seems to be taking a second look at some issues such as tarifs, climate change, the Iran … Continue reading Looking forward to becoming the loyal opposition



A sad, sad time in America

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 06:29:18 +0000

There is a very well respected (maybe not famous) book by the philosopher, John Rawls, called “A Theory of Justice.”  It is now considered a classic, originally published in 1971. He makes the statement, right from the start, that “Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought.”  In … Continue reading A sad, sad time in America



The end of American exceptionalism

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:08:24 +0000

In Ronald Reagan’s “shining city on a hill” and George H.W. Bush’s “a thousand points of light” we have all believed, at some level, that our country had some special grace, a blessing that would enliven our greater selves, our better angels, to stand up for decency, the rule of law, and the basic tenets of  honesty … Continue reading The end of American exceptionalism



Comey and Putin have both put their thumb on the scale

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:19:16 +0000

Today’s announcement that the email issue involving Anthony Weiner’s laptop has been put to rest by the current Director of the FBI, James Comey, has come too late, and damaged his reputation.  The FBI has not been much of a player in election politics since the Hoover era, and should not have been involved in … Continue reading Comey and Putin have both put their thumb on the scale