My car insurance is due. Though I am driving less, I expect the premium will go up. Nothing goes down these days except my bank account. I don’t feel particularly misused. The pendulum seems to swing in the same direction for everyone’s clock. Greater cost and lower service.
Politics on the local and national spheres share one value in common. Voters expect their representatives to serve their constituents without seeking personal gain. In Oregon, the feeling is so strong, that when I served in public office, I rejected a free lunch if it was offered.
I’ve never played chess but I have played a little politics and from where I sit, the Democrats need to refine their strategies to take control of government. Too many of its shinning stars are lining up for the Presidential race. Instead, candidates from red state
On Friday, I complained I experience vertigo as a result of sharing the world with Donald Trump and his followers. I don’t even know how to describe Trump. Is he a president or a cult leader? A president or a would-be dictator? Certainly, he is a celebrity. As such, th
Of late, Donald Trump’s favorability rating has jumped to a high of 49 percent in one major poll. I admit, I am puzzled, like a salmon swimming upstream while numbers of my species are headed toward the sea. Where are they going? What are they thinking? Okay, I get
I heard it again today. “Oh, I never read fiction. I prefer non-fiction.” My molars dug into the side of my cheek so that I could hold my tongue. People who make this remark seem to imagine reading fiction is a frivolous pastime. In my experience, men most often hold this
About the superrich and taxes, Leona Helmsley, deceased New York real estate tycoon, was candid. “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.” Donald Trump, our 45th President and a real estate mogul of a later generation, admits the same. What’s more, the newe
In the 1960s, Peter Weiss stunned the world with his play, The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade. The story depicts a French asylum in 1808 in which the inmates re-enact
Want to know if you have an empathy deficit? Try this experiment. Without looking into a mirror, draw the letter E on your forehead. If you print the letter as it might appear on the back of your eyelids, rather than the way someone else might read it, you may want to consider a
Was it madness or was there method in it? That is a question political historians far into the future will ponder as they assess the conduct of America’s 45th President. Several months ago, I raised the potential for his madness on a local talk show, comparing Donald Trump’s p