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Diversity News 100 Years Late

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

The Rip Van Winkle media just woke up to realize that the U.S. is diverse. Like a well-rehearsed church choir singing from the same hymnal, the American media recently sang in perfect harmony about the latest U.S. Census showing that America is now so diverse that whites are in the minority.  Not one media outlet […]

Can Anyone Be Trusted About Global Warming?

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

Certainly not large numbers of greens, politicians, climate bureaucrats, economists, elites in business and Hollywood, and left/right reporters and commentators. A few decades ago, I headed an influential environmental group in the competitive media centers of New York City and northern New Jersey. To establish trust with the press, the public, and politicians, my four […]

The Great Academic/Sports Double Standard

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

And why Pawan Dhingra has it wrong about extracurricular learning. Starting in elementary school and continuing through high school, aspiring athletes are encouraged by parents, coaches, and society at large to spend considerable hours training and practicing outside of the school day and off-campus, oftentimes at the additional cost of private leagues and coaches. And […]

Tucson Gets Bad News From Amazon

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

The city gets fifteen-dollar jobs from Amazon while other cities get the company’s six-figure jobs. Local news outlets were all aflutter about Amazon recently announcing that it would be hiring hundreds of workers at $15.50 per hour for its sortation center near the Tucson airport. That’s actually bad news. What could possibly be bad news […]

Tuition Loan Debt Is Corporatism at Its Worst

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

The left accuses the right of fascism, the right accuses the left of socialism, and both engage in corporatism.  Corporatism is the organization of the body politic and the economy by interest groups, such as farmers, corporations, banks, media, labor unions, educators, government agencies, and professional guilds. It’s difficult to find a more sobering example […]

JFK Colluded With The Russians

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

But Trump was vilified and persecuted for unproven allegations of collusion. I’m far from being a Trump groupie or apologist but do love to read history, especially when it reveals that a beloved figure from the past had been guilty of the same accusations leveled today against a presently maligned figure, whatever the party affiliation […]

As GM Went, So Went the Nation

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes

The forces that almost brought General Motors to its knees are even more powerful and ferocious today. Water buffaloes in Africa can be driven to madness and to their knees by swarms of flies. The flies came to mind as a perfect metaphor when reading “The Sack of Detroit,” the fascinating and balanced book authored […]

Lessons at the Bookstore on July 4th Weekend

Estimated Reading Time: 8 minutes

Editors’ note: A great holiday read and a superb dose of reality!!   How scholarship has given way to polemics that divide the nation Scene:  A Barnes & Noble bookstore in Tucson, Arizona. Just inside the door are display tables of featured books and best-sellers.  They reveal how scholarship has given way to polemics that divide […]

Reflections on Asian and Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

How the pendulum of race has swung from one extreme to another. The month of May was “Asian and Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.” Although that jumble of words was repeated for thirty-one days, l still don’t know what the words mean. I could ask an in-law who was born and raised in the Catholic […]