Ghost Towns

Some months ago I returned from a brief trip through several states in the American South.  As I drove through a few of the small towns I was struck with a sense of loss.  The old cotton mills, tobacco factories, and furniture manufacturing facilities have virtually disappeared, and most small-town residents have either migrated to […]

The Lines are Drawn

The lines are drawn in the Presidential election.  It will be Biden and Harris vs Trump and Pence. There is a sharp contrast. Neither side appears to have a distinct advantage over the other.  Biden seems to be somewhat cognitively impaired, but he was never the brightest of the bright.  Nevertheless, his nomination acceptance speech […]

Capitalism vs Socialism

From our very beginnings of our nation, our society has been built on a foundation of capitalism, an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit. The same economic model developed in all nations of western Europe.  Inevitably, some people fell behind in the competition, and […]

Change of Course

I have no inside knowledge, and I am certainly no expert;  nevertheless, I believe that toward the end of April our national leaders will need to make a very difficult decision about a new way forward in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.  Thus far we have confronted the problem with a policy of social distancing […]

Coronavirus

What a sad state of affairs!  The coronavirus has played havoc with our lives, and no one knows how long this will continue.  With everything closing (church, senior center, restaurants, etc.), I feel as if I’m a prisoner in my own home.  Nevertheless, I thank God that I am healthy, and I pray that I […]

The Real Skinny

During the 1950s I first heard the term “the real skinny.”  This appellation was used to describe what were believed to be the “true facts” about any subject under discussion.   During the past month or more I have read everything I could about our current political situation.  I have read liberal/progressive commentators, and I […]

What About Trump?

It is fascinating to see how reactions to President Donald Trump tend to drive us apart.  There are many people for whom I have great respect who absolutely abhor the man. Some seem to regard him as the incarnation of evil.  There are others who support him and are willing to overlook his all too […]