With Trump, is there a line between business and government?

The idea of a Donald Trump presidency has me musing about what we were supposed to learn in school. We were taught that capitalism (the force that always wore the white hat) was good because the invisible hand of competition ensured that consumers always had choice and low prices while good businesspersons made money. What…

Michael Moore

“Where to Invade Next:” Notes and thoughts on Michael Moore’s movie

Should I recommend Michael Moore’s 2016 movie,” Where to Invade Next”? On the plus side, there are some really good jokes.  The biggest laugh came when Moore asked someone whose alphabet does not include the letter “W” if they dropped the letter during the last Bush administration. No doubt Moore is really good at a…

Remembering Fr. Daniel Berrigan

I was a student at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, when Fr. Daniel Berrigan taught there. Although I never had him for class, I remember sitting with other students gathered around him in the cafeteria asking questions and listening to his thoughts on topics of the day. As mentioned in the NY Times article after…

The case for the 38-year old Supreme Court Justice

This is not complicated. Here are two reasons why it would be an excellent idea for President Obama to nominate someone approximately 38 years old to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Of the eight current members of the Court, five are older than 65. The…

Abortion: Focusing on the real issues, not the distractions

Abortion opponents often like to dwell on minutia, such as whether or not Planned Parenthood profits from making embryonic organs available for life-saving research. If not that, then they like to have absolute answers to esoteric questions like what is the meaning of life. What most opponents of abortion do not do very well is…

Some wins for Obama are better than others

June 2015 was a remarkable month for President Obama. In particular. the last week of the month was a real “winner” for the president. Among the topic victories or accomplishments for the president are: U. S. Supreme Court once again upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) U. S. Supreme Court ruling same-sex…

Black power can only do so much to solve our racial problems

One of the interesting differences between the discord following the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore is to what extent African-Americans are full participants in the police and justice system in each community. In Ferguson, justice was certainly delayed, if not denied, because of a white power structure that did not…