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Columns

  • Gun debate has many nuances

    Perhaps good can come of the more-than-horrific mass murder of 20 of our most innocent Americans and their teachers. As a retired a teacher, I “get it,” as does every current and retired teacher when it comes to what teachers do: first protect your charges even at the cost of your life. 

    The children — what can one say? Their slayings tear the heart out of every decent human being.

  • 2013 should be about accountability

     Happy New Year and welcome to 2013. I hope you do not have triskaidekaphobia because you’re going to have the number 13 in your life for a whole year. Personally, I am not afraid of the number 13, especially since I ran for House District 13. 

  • It isn’t easy for vets to come home again

    Research shows that coming home from a long deployment can cause more stress than the deployment itself. Although the return is viewed with great anticipation, changes at home can be significant. 

    Expect everyone to be a little different. Loved ones have had new responsibilities and have made their own decisions. Don’t feel hurt if they did well on their own. Be proud. 

  • Time to count our blessings, everyone

     The simple fact that you are reading this column indicates that the world did not end on Dec. 21, 2012. Christmas has come, and it has gone. We now face the New Year and all that 2013 has to offer us. 

    Over the last few years, we have all had many sufferings and hardships. The economy has tanked in a way that our generation has never seen. We have suffered through the most venomous of political seasons. Recession, depression and despair have been all around us. 

  • We need a national discussion on gun control

     The massacre of 27 people in Newtown, Conn., has ignited a national conversation about the intersection of gun control, mental illness and school safety.

    First, Americans, at the very least, can insist that the national ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004 be reinstated and require background checks on gun purchasers at gun shows. No hunter needs an assault weapon for a successful hunt. And why shouldn’t purchasers at gun shows be subject to the same checks as other buyers?

  • Time to take aim at the NRA

     In August, I wrote a two-piece series on the Aurora theater massacre. 

    On Aug. 1, I asked, “The larger question for us as a society: Have we seen enough? Or are we willing to continue to say, ‘Mass shootings are the price we pay for personal liberty’? ”

    On Aug. 8, I wrote, “I am sensing the horror of that day two weeks ago is wearing off as we fall back into our daily routines, denying the reality that already there are young men — 18 to 24 years of age — plotting the next mass shootings.”

  • Maybe pink guns are the answer

     The word is out: The War on Christmas is over. I’m unclear whether it was a surrender or a cease-fire, but, by consensus, Christmas has won so overwhelmingly that it has, as Jon Stewart noted, wiped out Thanksgiving. Black Friday has given rise to Black Thursday Night so much so the NFL evening game is facing stiff competition. 

  • Reflecting on Christmas past, present, future

    Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa. For all cultures of our great nation, I wish you the very best of holidays for whichever holiday you celebrate. At the time of writing this, I am hearing details of the school shooting in Connecticut and am deeply saddened by this despicable act of a deranged person. Our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers go out to the victims’ families. 

  • President should stand his ground

     The looming fiscal cliff — the automatic tax restoration, and safety-net and defense-program cuts that will ensue barring a deal between President Obama and the Republican Tea Party congressional opposition — ought not to come as a surprise to anyone paying attention. 

    Its seeds were sown 10 years ago when Congress approved former President George W. Bush’s giveaway tax cut, a blank check to fight two unfunded wars, and deregulated the banking/finance industry.

  • Fiscal cliff really is not the end of the world

      “It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.”  

    — R.E.M., 1987

     

    I want to lighten it up a little bit from the post-election analysis and talk about the end of the world. Yes, the world ends this year on 12/21/12. Or wait, is it 12/12/12, in which case it’s already ended before you read this.