A common theme in political news coverage over the past few years has been how "fractious" and "divisive" politics has become in our society. Newspapers, magazines and social media have countless articles and accounts of political disagreements that have torn families apart and destroyed longtime friendships. It seems to many observers that ...Read more
One of the characteristics of human vision and thought is the ability to identify patterns. Research conducted by child development experts suggests that infants can recognize visual patterns at a very early age -- between 3 and 4 months old. As humans age and develop, pattern recognition expands beyond mere visual and auditory stimuli to ...Read more
Last week, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham created a firestorm with an executive order suspending for 30 days the right to concealed or open carry of a firearm in Bernalillo County (where Albuquerque, the state's most populated city, is located). In her order, Grisham declared gun violence to be a "public health emergency," using recent...Read more
The truth has been politicized in America, and this is absolutely a war against the public good. Something is either true or it isn't, and whether that truth helps or hurts someone politically (or any other way) should play no part in the decision to make accurate information available to the public.
Oh, but it does.
I'm not naive enough to ...Read more
The brazenness of the deceit we are witnessing every single day at this point is not only mind-boggling; it is dangerous.
The emergence of yet another variant of the COVID-19 virus is raising the specter of masks, social distancing and lockdowns again. Apparently, we are supposed to forget what has only recently been officially admitted: that...Read more
This is the time of year when millions of young Americans are heading off to college, including my own daughter. In the spirit of maternal love and concern, I wanted to offer a bit of wisdom to them, based on my observations and personal experience.
No. 1: Actually, don't try to change the world.
The college-bound youth of this ...Read more
The United States is fraying at the seams.
Perhaps because I am an attorney, what stands out for me is the erosion of standards of lawful behavior. It has become commonplace to see videos of people violently assaulting total strangers. Mobs of teens in Chicago riot, loot and set cars on fire, and the mayor makes excuses. Individuals walk into...Read more
I lost my stepfather this week.
The word "stepfather" has a bit of an odd sound to it, as the man I'm describing married my mother when my siblings and I were well into adulthood. And yet it does not do him justice to say merely that my mother lost her husband. He was so much more than that to all of us.
It was a second marriage for Ralph ...Read more
I never thought I would see the day that the United States of America would be so weak, so willfully blind to falsehood and so cowed by ignorance. And yet that is where we are.
The consequences of our poor decisions as a people are everywhere.
The "Sexual Revolution" was supposed to liberate women. Instead, it has produced an increase in ...Read more
America is struggling.
While this country and its people have faced their share of difficulties -- including the Great Depression, several wars, terrorist attacks and countless devastating natural disasters -- we seem to be losing a key attribute of our national identity: our confidence in our ability to solve problems and achieve what was ...Read more
In our politically contentious era, it's popular to claim that the Constitution is outdated; that it was drafted in a bygone era by men whose moral failings (like slave ownership) discredit every other contribution they made to the founding of our country. But each passing day only reinforces the wisdom of the principles the Founders' chose as...Read more