Sometimes they do answer…..

And when they do, it won’t hurt to take it one step further. I initially signed a petition to Senators Cruz and Cornyn, as well as to Congressman Ratcliffe, asking them to work towards re-opening the parts of the federal government affected by the shutdown.

Senator Cornyn’s office sent a reply which was more than the usual brush-off. The language used, however, rubbed me the wrong way because it was typically glossing over the salient points that: (1) real people are affected by the shutdown, …

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Trump’s Wall and the federal agency shutdown.

  Trump, in order to
be elected, made promises that maybe even he knew would be impossible to keep.
Front and center was the promise to build a Big, Beautiful Wall (that Mexico
would pay for!) in order to hold back what he described as hordes of violent criminal
migrants and drug cartels eager to rush our southern border.

  If you consider
statistical evidence, though, you see that

Most
illegal immigration is due to visa overstays. Most
drugs enter the country through ports of entry, in ships and cars.Criminality
is lower in …

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Diversity in the US

Here is the text of a letter to the editor of the Dallas Morning News that I hoped they would print before election day, but was rejected.

From “No Irish Need Apply” to the internment of Japanese families during WWII, history taught us that joining the American melting pot takes time. Never before, though, has resistance to demographic change been so vile and venomous, and never before has it so clearly had its source in the occupant of the White House.

 

Mr. Trump started his campaign for …

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“What’s past is prologue”.

In his new book “Tyrant. Shakespeare on Politics” (W.W. Norton & Company, New York and London, 2018), Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt depicts political perils that ring completely contemporary. His description of Richard III in chapter 4, “A Matter of Character” applies to an astonishing degree to Donald Trump.

 

What really struck me, though, was the way Greenblatt analyzes how Richard came to power. The parallels with Trump’s ascendancy are striking.

In the interest of brevity, I have unconscionably butchered the text – sorry, you will have to …

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Thoughts on Kavanaugh hearings.

This is the text of a letter to the editor of the Dallas Morning News that was printed today, September 16, in the “Points” supplement.

To recap: Mr. Trump is elected to the presidency despite losing the popular vote and possibly with help from a hostile foreign power. Several of his associates plead guilty to a variety of crimes.

In that miasmal atmosphere, Mr. Trump ignores the list of potential Supreme Court picks forwarded by the Federalist Society and selects Judge Kavanaugh, whose main distinction from his …

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Love letter to Rockwall County voters of all stripes

Here is the text of a letter I submitted to the Rockwall Herald-Banner, which was not published.

 

Dear fellow Rockwallians,

 

As candidate signs start popping up on the sides of main roads and on private lawns around the county, the atmosphere can feel a little tense at times – you don’t necessarily want to know how your neighbor plans to vote.

 

For the ten years I have lived in the county, though, things have remained mostly civil – and that’s the way I want it to be. I …

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