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373 days ago 1 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
We are all affected by politics. But this strikes closer to home than most….. I am enrolled in Global Entry - the travel program that allows easier movement through customs and security entry when you return to the U.S. Recently, New Yorkers have been rendered ineligible for the program. Without debating the reasons, they have nothing to do with me. My Global Entry expires in August. I was anticipating beginning the renewal process when the ban on New Yorkers was ...
478 days ago 1 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
“Vote early and often”….a joke that I heard many years ago. Beginning this year, New York allows early voting. Last week we voted early. It was convenient, quick and gave us flexibility. Early voting was open over several days. We weren't restricted to making time on Election Day. I am pleased that early voting has come to New York and wonder how others feel about it. ...
737 days ago 11 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
I was listening to a discussion among news commentators about the Jussie Smollett situation. I am reluctant to characterize it as a hoax, alleged attack, alleged hoax, or anything else. One commentator’s take away rang most true for me. He (I think it was Jeffrey Toobin) noted all of the quick reactions—from public figures and others — when the alleged assault was first reported.   The lesson for all of us is not to jump to conclusions. We are subjected to so much news and ...
793 days ago 5 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
As I ponder this last blog for 2018, I think about the blogs that were never written. There were many. Among the bloggers – with appropriate guidance – we stay away from blogging about politics. Oftentimes what strikes me as worthy of a blog is set aside due to our self-imposed restriction. I don't dare refer to it as censorship because it is not, it is self-imposed decorum. I am sure that the events of the upcoming year will provide fodder for many blogs, some to be...
870 days ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
The words on the pen linger in my mind -- “Mightier than the sword.” The words bring back memories of studies in history and civics. The relevance of those words today is undeniable. We are caught in a frenzy of words thrown at us from so many sources -- some reliable, some less so. It is sometimes easy, but often difficult, to discern the difference. It is a plastic ballpoint click pen -- an instrument of communication somewhere on the spectrum between the quill and the co...
1101 days ago 9 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
I was distressed in reading the reports yesterday that the top trending video on YouTube was a conspiracy theory that Florida school shooting survivor, and one of the organizers of the "March for Our Lives", David Hogg, is an actor; more precisely, a "crisis actor" -- someone who is "paid to pretend to have been affected by a tragedy for political purposes." Other social media platforms are likewise inundated with posts of conspiracy theories. With the overwhelming ...
1115 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
The words of a schoolteacher of mine from many many years ago resonate for me.  “We read the obituaries not to learn who died but to learn about those who lived.” I read the obituary of Haim Gouri, an Israeli poet, journalist, novelist, and filmmaker who died last week at the age of 94. He was a voice from the founding of the State of Israel. The words of one of his early poems ring profound. “And there, those in the right fire on the others in the right.” The New York Time...
1164 days ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
If you’ve ever wondered whether your vote makes a difference, consider what’s going on in Virginia. Three races for seats in the Virginia House of Delegates are in the midst of recounts. Yesterday morning the reports were that one of the candidates had a one vote lead. That one seat could also shift party control in the House. (Yesterday afternoon the report was that another ballot had been found and the vote was tied.) The takeaway? Every vote counts. ...
1458 days ago 9 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
I just finished reading “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates” by Brian Kilmeade and  DanYaeger.  A very good read about the war against the pirates of the Barbary Coast and the birth of the US navy and marines. Hence the words to the marine corps song. “..,to the shores of Tripoli." The authors also wrote “George Washington’s Secret Six” about Washington's spies who were critical to the success of the American revolution. Kilmeade has a show on Fox News, a network th...
1514 days ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
We recently visited the Mitzi Newhouse theater at Lincoln Center. As I walked down the stairs to the theater, I thought of the lockers that were available in the lobbies of the theaters at Lincoln Center. Convenient, especially in the winter, for coats.   However, the lockers are gone -- removed many years ago for security reasons.   In the lobby of the theater patrons are seated on the long bench recessed into the space that replaced the lockers. But some lockers remain in t...
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