Opinion: As goes baseball, so goes America
Baseball is often referred to as the national pastime because it is intrinsically linked to American culture, history, and politics. Pivotal moments of baseball’s history, such as Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, labor disputes, and various presidents throwing out ceremonial first pitches, are chronicled in Ken Burns’ award-winning, documentary mini-series, Baseball (1994). Last week, Major League […]
Today’s ‘civil war’ is an attack on the rule of law
There is a civil war underway in America. It’s not the same sort of war we fought more than 150 years ago, when Americans took sides on whether slavery was good or evil, donned blue and gray uniforms, then slaughtered each other on the battlefield. This is a war that’s happening in slow-motion, a largely […]
Opinion: The soul-crushing fight of parents battling right-wing COVID nihilism
If you had told me two years ago that there would be a movement of angry parents, however small, yawping against basic measures to stop their kids from getting sick and dying with the full backing of a major political party, I wouldn’t have believed it. Sure, Americans have a long history of not caring about other […]
Think a mild case of COVID-19 is no big deal? Think again.
More than 44.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of them, over 715,000 have died. But what about the millions who lived? Have they fully recovered? According to new research, perhaps not. We often talk about the symptoms of a disease as the immediate impacts such as a […]
Bookman: Stolen 2020 election myth imposes loyalty test on Republicans
The narrative about a stolen election is completely fabricated. None of it is true. None of it happened. None of it, not in Arizona, not in Georgia, not anywhere, none of it. All “evidence” offered to support that narrative is likewise a mirage; it vanishes completely upon closer inspection. It’s just a fiction, a fiction […]
Second Amendment case before Supreme Court could topple gun restrictions
The stakes in one of the most significant Second Amendment cases in U.S. history are high. The Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, expected by mid-2022, could declare a New York state restriction on carrying concealed handguns in public places unconstitutional. Such a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs, […]
How do you solve poverty? Throw money at the problem.
If there’s one enduring myth in America, it’s that there’s nothing we can really do to end poverty. Most policy prescriptions during the last few decades — from setting up Byzantine barriers to programs like food stamps and Medicaid to doing nothing at all — are rooted in condescending lore that poor people deserve to […]
A nightmare before Christmas: Unresolved, Senate debt limit posturing risks a financial crash
The myopic partisan brinksmanship that is the predominant pursuit of Congress these days reached a seeming impasse last week over a critical vote to raise the federal debt limit before our elected elites did what they do best: kick the can down the road. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., offered the Democrats, who hold […]
Opinion: Amid our fellow citizens’ foolish choices, how do we maintain our empathy?
A distant cousin of mine recently died of COVID-19. We had long ago lost touch when we both moved from our North Dakota hometown, me to Minnesota by way of stops in Florida and Georgia, and she to Texas, where she worked as a teacher, got married and raised a family for more than 30 […]
Bookman: Trump’s moment of truth for Georgia GOP at Perry rally was a warning shot
In a strange way, Donald Trump is the most honest politician I have ever witnessed. He’s also the most dishonest, of course. He’ll lie about almost anything, shamelessly, without regard to truth or even plausibility. But it’s funny: He does not lie, almost cannot lie, about his emotions, about his deepest wants and needs. Even […]
Opinion: Threats to Roe from Georgia, other red states require congressional response
Recently, Texans functionally lost their constitutional right to an abortion. Senate Bill 8 prohibits abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, making it the most regressive reproductive rights law to take effect in modern American history. The law shows blatant disregard for Supreme Court precedents like Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the […]
Pogo has some advice for us
A famous opossum and I have two things in common. No, I don’t hang by my tail from tree branches. But cartoonist Walt Kelly’s “Pogo” and I were both born in 1948. And we both have opinions. Who’s Pogo? If you don’t know, you are either too young or you didn’t read the “funny papers” […]