Politicians, celebrities and the rich often set the world's idea of their cities and regions. It takes a disaster to meet the regular folks.
I recently wrote about the controversy over removing Confederate era statues from public places, and in my column I acknowledged the concerns of those who don't want to honor or celebrate men who fought, at least in part, to preserve slavery.
Michael Moore's one-man show on Broadway is at times hilarious, at times tedious.
Seven Days in May, written by Fletcher Knebel and Charles Bailey and published in 1962, portrays a tense, nearly successful coup of American government by a cadre of senior generals. A quote on the cover of the paperback attributed to the Army Times said, "They say it can't happen here, but if it does, it probably will be pretty much as Knebel and Bailey say."
Decades ago, a debate over what kind of nation America is roiled the conservative movement. Neocons claimed America was an "ideological nation" a "creedal nation," dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal."
Donald Trump has served one-seventh of his constitutionally allotted term of office, and given his talent for self-destruction, there is no guarantee he will get to serve the remaining six-sevenths. But whether he does or not, one thing is a safe bet: When he leaves the White House, there will not be a wall running the length of our southern border.
Let us avert our eyes from the president's display of instability in Phoenix. We knew what to expect.
A remarkable thing happened last week.
When I was in high school, in the early 1960s, my family embarked on a car ride south -- from New Jersey to Florida, where we had relatives.
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