Richard Garner: The rise of the American Corporatocracy can be illustrated through a tale of two men: Eric Holder and Eliot Spitzer, both Democrats. The first played the corporate game and was rewarded handsomely. The other tried to fight the beast and was summarily executed.
John MacMurray: If we’re flying, it’s comforting to know that Richard Toomey’s aircraft wing de-icing device (#1,749,858–1930) will make our flight safer.
Walter G. Moss: How many more tragedies will families have to suffer before Congress, Democrats and Republicans, put ideological biases aside and do what they are paid to do—legislate for the common good?
Laura Finley: Bringing in a national speaker to talk about a local problem often fails to inspire attendees to see how they can take action in their communities.
Larry Wines: He transcended the sports page. Never egotistical, his humor could just as easily be self-effacing (literally) as anything else: “So I’m ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.”
Janet Phelan: When Great Britain hands over the recordings to the NSA, technically speaking, a law is not being broken and technically speaking, the US is not eavesdropping on our each and every call.
James A. Haught: Amid all the chaos and confusion of daily life, through a thousand contradictory barrages, the struggle for a safer, fairer, more secure, more humane world never ceases.
Steve Hochstadt: The American conversation about equality brings people into the streets every day. There is much more to hope for. Listen to the voices of our candidates. Which side have they been on?
Murray Polner: At a distance of seventy years, FDR, a flawed and complex giant and still somewhat inscrutable to those who write about him, remains a striking and extraordinary giant among all our presidents, as “Man of Destiny” makes clear.
Sincere T. Kirabo: The more recent anti-Black incarnation of the GOP began approximately fifty years ago with the Southern Strategy, a scheme to rally racists disgruntled with the expansion of integrative policies and growing calls for the basic human rights of Blacks.
Walter Brasch: If Tom Brady did cheat in deflategate—and we’re not saying he did—he was just a part of a culture that is slowly losing its ethics and values in order to get results.
Frank Fear: And while Trump and Sanders—as party outsiders—have a tough road ahead, the challenge they face pales in comparison to The Institutional Problem you and I face all the time, each and every day—defending ourselves from institutional self-interest.
Larry Wines: Too bad we don’t know as much about relaxing as people knew 3,000 years ago. Or 40 years ago.