Can Loyalty and Justice Coexist?

Can Loyalty and Justice Coexist? Loyalty is thought of as a positive character trait. We like to think of ourselves as being loyal to our friends, our spouses, our country, even our favorite sports teams. It is thought of as a good thing that we stand by such people and institutions, especially when they are…

Last Supper in Oklahoma City

Last Supper in Oklahoma City The Huffington Post ran a story recently about a curious argument that took place in the Oklahoma state legislature. State Representative George Faught introduced a bill that would bar a woman from obtaining an abortion if testing showed that the woman’s fetus has genetic abnormalities or Down syndrome, with no…

I Knew

I Knew On March 17 David Brooks wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times called “Let Bannon Be Bannon”. I want to put aside for a moment how frightening that sentiment is. I will also, at least for the moment, pick my jaw off the floor, which is where it landed after reading…

The Fourth Lie

The Fourth Lie Mark Twain famously said that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. I would like to add a fourth lie to that triumvirate, one that I will refer to as “the Trump Lie”. A Trump Lie is when someone asserts something as truth when they have absolutely no…

Have I Raised My Children To Be Too Good?

Have I Raised My Children Too Be Too Good? I have two sons, ages 28 and 24. Both of them have disabilities. My older son is on the autistic spectrum, and my younger son has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. They are both fine young men, but they both have a kind of aloofness, or diffidence…

“What Do All These People Do?”

“What Do All These People Do?” The New York Times published an editorial on March 4 (“The Very Lonely Cabinet Secretaries”) that concerned itself with President Trump’s failure to fully staff the Federal bureaucracy. In the editorial the Times quotes Trump as having asked, with regard to Federal workers “What do all these people do?”…

Who’s Patronizing?

Who’s Patronizing? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has an op-ed in the February 23 edition called “Fight Trump, Not His Voters”. In it, Kristof makes his usual argument about how liberal Democrats need to be nicer to Trump voters because they’re not all racists and misogynists etc. Kristof tells people like me that we…