A Conservative Who Admits Climate Change is Real and Due to Human Activity

Every now and then a new species is discovered. So it seems today with an article by Brian Nearing in the Albany Times Union (February 19, 2018). He tells of Bob Inglis, who has been trying to persuade his fellow Republicans that they have it all wrong in denying the reality of climate change. Inglis came… Continue reading A Conservative Who Admits Climate Change is Real and Due to Human Activity

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Reminiscences of Sullivan’s Island

In 2015 we went for a January vacation at a rental house with two friends on Sullivan's Island, near Charleston, South Carolina. We had good weather, although it was not very warm. Our friends Fran and Mike were at the house when we arrived by taxi. The house was built on stilts to protect the living quarters from high seas… Continue reading Reminiscences of Sullivan’s Island

A Trip to Costa Rica

A number of friends, as well as our son and his wife, traveled to Costa Rica, all giving very favorable reports. We decided to take a Road Scholar tour “A Taste of Costa Rica” in January. Our early morning plane out of Albany was a little twin engine jet, but it only took about half an… Continue reading A Trip to Costa Rica

Why Republicans Need to Lose

December 18, 2017 Michael Gerson writes today in the Albany Times Union that the Republican Party will have to lose before it can recover from Trumpism. He looks forward to a day when the party can once again stand for its old principles. And he says: “The ultimate goal is not the victory of Democrats,… Continue reading Why Republicans Need to Lose

Doug Jones Wins in Alabama

Just a little note about this. I contributed to Doug Jones' campaign. It is hard to imagine a Democrat winning in Alabama, but there it is. His opponent, the odious Roy Moore, who, although conservative, refused to go along with the plain intent of the US Constitution when he insisted on keeping a monument inscribed… Continue reading Doug Jones Wins in Alabama

Yes, Mass Shootings Are Caused by Guns

  An article by Max Fisher and Josh Keller appeared in the November 7 New York Times that explains convincingly why the US has so many mass shootings: A graphic at the top of the article points out that "The United States has 270 million guns and had 90 mass shooters from 1966 to 2012;… Continue reading Yes, Mass Shootings Are Caused by Guns

Yet Another Mass Shooting

The headlines about Las Vegas had barely subsided when we were assaulted by yet another mass shooting. Once again, Trump made sure to place his political spin on it, characterizing the killer as mentally disturbed without waiting for a police investigation. The man has no conception of his proper role in government. He is a… Continue reading Yet Another Mass Shooting

Viet Nam Remembered

We have been watching Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's documentary on the Viet Nam war. It is painful to revisit this horrible story. However, the very first installment taught us a lot about the long history behind western involvement in that country. Fear of communism contaminated the viewpoint of the USA and caused our government to support the French, and… Continue reading Viet Nam Remembered