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When Will “Democracy Now” Be Silenced?

While living in Ossining, NY during the 1960’s, I listened to my friend Jim Beach from Tarrytown, NY give honest political reports about events each evening on Radio WHUD (Tarrytown is a city on the Hudson River 25 miles north of New York City). One day Jim received a phone call from a man in Cleveland who said “Your political comments would no longer be needed.” Jim and I were somewhat shocked to discover his astute progressive political observations would be replaced by a corporate takeover.

By | December 18th, 2016|Climate Change, Corporate Responsibility, Local, Op Ed, Peace, Politics|0 Comments

If It Is Evil to Kill, the Very Thought of Killing Is Also Forbidden

September is a critical moment in our history. Humans began tinkering underground this month with atomic weapons that can destroy entire cities or nations. During my time (1980-1981) studying linguistics and Chinese at the University of Hawaii I learned the USA had over 40,000 targets in the former USSR. I discovered the US Navy ”roamed [...]

By | September 21st, 2015|Op Ed, Weapons of Mass Destruction|Comments Off on If It Is Evil to Kill, the Very Thought of Killing Is Also Forbidden

Women Hold up Half of the Sky

“Women hold up half the sky” is an ancient Chinese proverb. Women comprise over half of 7.2 billion people in the world of 2015. Discrimination against gifted females on the basis of gender can easily lead to a legal problem. In 1972 the Anglican Church (of England) in Hong Kong ordained Joyce Bennett as the [...]

By | September 15th, 2015|Op Ed, Spiritual|0 Comments

Spend More Quality Time with Loved Ones

From 2000-2008 it was my privilege to serve as chaplain in Lafayette Parish Correctional Center (LPCC). One Cajun inmate from Canada fled to Lafayette for cultural/ethnic reasons. Before the Royal Mounted Canadian Police (Mounties) arrived early one morning to escort “Francois” back home I paid numerous visits to him because of his sadness and isolated [...]

By | September 14th, 2015|Op Ed|0 Comments

Where Is There a Real Existing Nuclear Threat in the Persian Gulf?

Mordechai Vanunu was a technician with the nuclear weapons program already existing in Israel during the 1980’s. Vanunu was en route to be interviewed by a reporter from THE LONDON TIMES when Mossad agents of Israel’s intelligence agency then snatched him in a London “honey trap”, whisked him off to Tel Aviv, found him guilty [...]

By | September 9th, 2015|Op Ed, Weapons of Mass Destruction|0 Comments

Which President Will Support PNAC in Coming Years?

Project for a New American Century (PNAC) is a 75-page document drawn up by highly patriotic individuals (“neocons”) in 1997. PNAC is the brain child of Dick Chaney, Donald Rumsfield, Paul Wolfowitz with ex-CIA head George Herbert Walker Bush. Reporters in 2015 hesitate to ask Jeb Bush about his support for PNAC. Other brazen reporters [...]

By | September 8th, 2015|Op Ed, War Crimes, Weapons of Mass Destruction|0 Comments

Is an Illiterate Generation Being Prepared Through Our Blindness?

Charles Osgood (1933- ) was a CBS commentator whose opinions became much respected in weekly Sunday morning features. Osgood predicted “The USA will bring the death of English.” Fortunately, millions of others in many nations are striving to learn, speak and write English by printing or even reading/writing in “cursive.” A Lafayette parent was disheartened [...]

By | September 6th, 2015|Op Ed|Comments Off on Is an Illiterate Generation Being Prepared Through Our Blindness?

Can Indifference Be Found in a Civilized Society?

The highly-respected anthropologist Ashley Montague (1905-1999) said simply: “A civilized society is a considerate society.” Why not cloak consideration with a fleece-lined jacket of compassion? For Gandhi “God is Truth.” Are we asking too much in seeking honesty, consideration and compassion in life? Enslavement of human beings is the absolute antithesis of all virtuous qualities [...]

By | August 24th, 2015|Op Ed, Weapons of Mass Destruction|Comments Off on Can Indifference Be Found in a Civilized Society?

New York City Slows down to Save Lives

Henry Bliss tried to assist a woman descending from a trolley on W. 74th Street in New York City on September 14, 1899. He was struck by an electric taxi and became the first auto-related fatality in US history. Each year a memorial service is held on the corner of 74th & Park Ave. to [...]

By | August 17th, 2015|Op Ed, Stories|Comments Off on New York City Slows down to Save Lives