Politics, Moderate



Time to change the way we vote

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

There's been much said lately about the way we vote in this country, especially now that COVID-19 has overloaded the mail-in voting process and states cannot agree on a uniform way to gather and count those ballots.

Complaints about misprinted or discarded ballots, charges of voter suppression and rigged elections -- the 2020 presidential ...Read more

Avoid media bias and manipulation by fact-checking yourself

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

There are no laws to shield people from misinformation. So, as the nation chugs toward the final stretch of the presidential campaign season, Americans need to take a good look at where they gathered the information that forms their political opinions.

If your news flows primarily from social media sources such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, ...Read more

Tracking COVID-19 at the expense of personal privacy

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

It is another one of those existential dilemmas. We understand the deadly nature of the COVID-19 virus, but as the nation tries to control the pandemic, how much of our individual freedom are we willing to give up?

Mandatory masks or no masks? If another stay-at-home mandate is issued, do you comply? And what about freedom for the kids we send ...Read more

Decide your country is worth speaking up for

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

There is too much financial uncertainty, political conflict and random violence these days.

We were already feeling frustrated with the prolonged isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic when waves of outrage began to spark. There were widespread civil rights protests following the tragic deaths of African Americans Breonna Taylor in Louisville, ...Read more

Whose child does this?

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

It was approaching dusk outside the St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California. As the sun set and the air filled with the scent of devastating nearby wildfires, ambulances raced to the hospital's emergency room bearing two grievously wounded LA County sheriff's deputies.

The ambushed pair had been shot in the head while sitting in their...Read more

Prosecutors: do your job!

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

There is a destructive crime and justice trend afoot that clearly endangers public safety.

No, it is not the actions of violent protestors and riotous thugs. It is the deliberate inaction of district attorneys who are refusing to prosecute violations of law.

You'd likely be fired if you failed to do what you were hired to do. It's not that ...Read more

The Federal Government's Annual Spending Orgy Wastes Your Money

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

It happens every September. Inside federal office buildings, budget minions go on scandalous spending sprees using tens of billions of your tax dollars.

Their departments have gotten along just fine throughout the fiscal year, but as the clock ticks down to Sept. 30, they know that any money left over in their budget will be forfeited next ...Read more

Playing politics with public safety

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Readers of this column know I'm not much for federal intervention in state affairs. Logic tells us the doctrine of states' rights is the way to go, as local elected officials are the ones most in touch with what their citizens need.

But what happens when the states make a muck of it? What happens when community leaders worry more about their ...Read more

Trying to remember a murdered mother

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

On or around Sept. 3, Samuel Ayala will walk out of the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Dutchess County, New York. He has been in prison for more than four decades, serving a sentence of 25 years to life.

Jason Minter and his sister, Maggie, are horrified.

In March 1977, their lives were forever changed when a swaggering Ayala, along with ...Read more

The strategy to stop fake news -- sue the media

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

An important legal settlement was reached recently that pretty much flew under the radar. This settlement -- a $250 million defamation case against The Washington Post -- could go a long way toward curbing irresponsible journalism. It's a sign that at least some Americans are going to fight back against fake news.

The lawsuit was brought by the...Read more

The good and bad of pandemic-era crime rates

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Here's some positive news from the crime beat: It is reported that, nationwide, robberies, rapes, drug offenses and burglaries are down during the first half of 2020.

This trend is one of the rare good things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fewer people have been venturing out the last several months, decreasing the number of robbery ...Read more

Domestic abusers sometimes wear a badge

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Sarah Letendre is spending her time trying to piece together a brand-new life for herself and her two small children. Technically, she is homeless, living alone in a hotel, and trying to find a job (with her master's degree in social work) and a permanent place to live. Her days as a nurturing stay-at-home mom are over.

On the evening of July ...Read more

Teaching toxic topics on the taxpayer's tab

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

It is clear we have real racial problems in this country, problems that need to be worked through as we try to restore some semblance of harmony and understanding among the population.

National healing starts with meaningful conversations, devoid of angry rhetoric and criminal reactions, and needs to include everyone studiously listening to ...Read more



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