.Columns & Editorials

Mar 29, 2023

Our Cross to Bear

Christianity has a dark side that this country can no longer afford to ignore On March 16, 2021, a man shot eight women to death in Acworth, GA, a small town outside of Atlanta. Six were Asian, and two were white. All worked in massage parlors.  The gunman, Robert Aaron Long,...
Dec 14, 2022

The Chicken Little Strategy

Right-wing reactionaries are still fighting a lost cause America needs an opposition party. Ideas must be tested, debated and deliberated. We need an opposition like the Grand Old Party of Everett Dirksen, William F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater,...
Nov 30, 2022

The Eagle and the Condor

Loving nature or profiting from it It’s fascinating how “interests” interfere with survival. Humans prepare for—and, of course, wage—war with an overwhelming percentage of their resources (to the benefit of the profiteers), but they plead poverty when it...
Nov 23, 2022

The Alchemy of Forgiveness

Transcending the morality police I have been haunted by a phrase: “morality police.” The news has been global. A 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, was arrested as she was leaving a subway station in Tehran on Sept. 13 by an Iranian police...
Nov 9, 2022

Love Thy Neighbor?

The choice is either American values or Christian beliefs Sixty-two percent of Republicans believe that America should be declared a Christian country, even though they also understand such a declaration would be unconstitutional. Christian nationalists do not believe...
Oct 26, 2022

Europe’s Far-Right Lurch: Is there a solution to the rise of neo-fascism?

The struggle to save democracy is proving even more difficult in Europe than here in the U.S. Virtually every European country is bedeviled by rising conflict between traditional political parties on one side and far-right, sometimes neo-fascist...
Oct 12, 2022

Politics As Usual: In Richmond elections, ‘follow the money’ is good advice

As Election Day 2022 approaches, as usual, it’s never a dull moment in Richmond politics. Mayor Tom Butt is termed out, and the city is electing council members representing the three remaining newly districted seats, the result...
Sep 28, 2022

You Belong to U.S.: The U.S. military and American youth

Ah, the children! They belong to us, sayeth the Department of Defense. At least some of them do. It’s a little more complicated than it used to be, thanks to one of the changes that occurred back in 1973,...
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