Words, words, words……

I sent this to the Rockwall Herald Banner. They did not print it, so I am free to use it here. My father’s studies were interrupted by WWII. His house was partially demolished by a V-2 bomb. He started at the lowest rung of city governance and got to the top through hard work. Most of our civil servants, although they are as free as anyone to have their private opinions, are scrupulously non-partisan in their work. They form the backbone of the state and …

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Look back in anger

I must admit, things have seemed pretty bleak since last November and the election of Bully Supreme. Why, then, did I burst out laughing when I heard some of the provisions of the new “Cut, cut, cut” tax bill? It is so extreme, so heartless that crying would be a more appropriate response. Well… it just reminded me of when I was much younger, learning English not just in school but through pop music and film. Do any of you remember the lyrics to this …

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Gun rights

The horror of the Vegas shootings shocked the nation, and, predictably, was followed by “thoughts and prayers” and “this is not the time or place” when the question arose whether some measures might prevent future massacres.


The NRA wields outsize influence at every level of the body politic. We have all heard the slogans, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, and “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. It may be true in some …

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On Health Care.

Howdy, y’all.

the following was rejected by the Dallas Morning News and the Rockwall Herald Tribune. My purpose in writing it was to try and persuade Republican readers that we are looking at facts rather than ideology. I wanted them to retrace my steps in researching health care and to, hopefully, reach the same conclusion.



The health care debate has fallen prey to perverse political calculations. I am aware that statistics can be interpreted – and spun – so as to fit ideology. I therefore went in …

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Kevin Brady, subtle humorist….

Am I the only one to detect a playful sense of irony in the words of Kevin Brady, R-Texas, Chairman of the US House Ways and Means Committee? On the day that the House decided to summarily do away with our online privacy, he pontificated in the wake of a vote where House Republicans blocked an attempt by Democrats to get a look at Trump’s tax returns.

Here is the direct quote: ” Civil liberties and privacy are still rights worth protecting, and I intend to …

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Trump’s genius

For the past week I have had this maddening tune stuck in my head:

“They’re Pinky and the Brain,

One is a genius, the other’s insane”. Repeat ad infinitum….


Those of you who were kids or had young kids at home in the ‘90s may remember the Spielberg-produced animated show. It has its own Wikipedia page, where I found this not inaccurate description of our current presidential predicament:

“ Brain is self-centered and scheming; Pinky is good-natured but feebleminded. In each episode, Brain devises a new plan to take …

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