Published January 7, 2017 in The Akron Beacon Journal
Trump supporters should help those of us who are not fluent in Trumpese. Many letters and op-eds claim to differentiate the literal from the hype in the president-elect’s Tweets and speeches.
"Doyle McManus wrote that we should give Trump a chance to normalize himself (“ ‘Normalize’ Trump,” Dec. 23). The learning curve is high. It does not mean giving Trump a break but subjecting him to tough scrutiny, holding him to high standards and judging him against his own promises. In other words, treating him like a normal president.
Published December 17, 2016 in the Akron Beacon Journal
At a time when our intelligence agencies should be planning a proportionate counter cyber-attack against Russia, our president-elect Donald Trump, who is buddy-buddy with Vladimir Putin, who can do no wrong in Trump’s eyes, won’t have the guts to order such attacks.
Putin has the U.S. under his thumb — right where he planned us to be. I’m baffled about what we as citizens can do, and I’m scared.
Published October 29, 2016 in the Akron Beacon Journal
While I have learned to ignore the flood of negative campaign mailers, I received one from the Ohio Republican Party that seemed truly bizarre. It claimed that Casey Weinstein, candidate for state representative in the 37th District, opposed education funding.
It used a quote from the candidate’s website that said, “Our state wasted $1 billion of taxpayer money.” I could not believe that a candidate for either party would oppose education spending. I looked on Weinstein’s website, and the full quote was, “Our state wasted $1 billion of taxpayer money on unaccountable charter schools and I find this to be unacceptable.”
Published Oct. 10, 2016 in the Akron Beacon Journal
Prior to the debate between the two major-party vice presidential candidates, I was not aware that the United States now has 15,000 troops in Iraq, down from 175,000 in 2009.
As a result, American loss of life and limb are significantly less than when the U.S. invasion force was a continued insult to millions of Iraqis.
We sometimes forget we invaded Iraq under false pretenses. Iraqis did not greet us as liberators, contrary to the expectations of then-Vice President Dick Cheney. Most folks agree that we wouldn’t do it again knowing what we know now.
Published Sept. 5, 2016 in the Akron Beacon Journal
Recent ads for Rob Portman show him in the usual hard hat that politicians use to show how much they support labor. What hypocrisy, as the ads were paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This business group is behind most of the right-to-work laws in the country, and is no friend of labor.
Other ads say that former Gov. Ted Stickland lost 350,000 Ohio jobs, not mentioning that every governor lost jobs starting during George Bush’s Great Recession. And who was the budget adviser to George Bush? That would be Rob Portman.