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The merits of an open mind on immigration

As part of my effort to nourish my political soul this summer, I'm diving deep into immigration, both legal and otherwise. Thanks to those of you who've sent your thoughts and showered me with links … more

Charlotteville showed an ugly and deadly side of America

Let me just start this column by saying this is not the column I thought I was going to be writing this week. In fact, I even have a very nice little fluffy column half-written sitting on my … more

Travel invigorates the senses and is good for the soul

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." -Robert Louis Stevenson My wife and I recently went on vacation to Cancun, Mexico, and, let me … more

Do I dare to trust in … trust?

How's your level of trust these days? I ask because "trust" is my word for 2017. Perhaps you know that in lieu of making New Year's resolutions, I choose a word as a focus for the coming year. At … more

Senate health care bill a losing hand

If you play poker long enough, sooner or later you will have to show your hand. That’s what I learned recently when I went to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. No, I didn’t play in the WSOP, but my friend John had earned a seat through … more

Entire nation seems to have some irreconcilable differences

I recently read an article by David French in which he postulated that our country is headed for something akin to a divorce. And some of the numbers he cites are astonishing. In 1992, only about 30 percent of the country lived in a “landslide” … more

Good aim is required to defeat our Goliath education problems

In a past life, I coached a couple seasons of high school baseball. And, if you don't know baseball, you might not understand that, in baseball, we count EVERYTHING. Real baseball guys know batting … more

Filling my inbox to nourish my political soul

It's finally happened. Not unlike seeing the mileage on your car turning 100,000 - or 200,000! - miles, I have been watching my email inbox for a new milestone, and this week it happened: I have more … more

Good aim is required to defeat our Goliath education problems

In a past life, I coached a couple seasons of high school baseball. And, if you don’t know baseball, you might not understand that, in baseball, we count EVERYTHING. Real baseball guys know batting averages, walks, hits, strikeouts, sacrifice … more

Sharing some ways you can make a difference in three seconds or less

As a lifelong fan of music, I have developed an appreciation for music that spans almost every genre. Everything from country to classical, classic rock to Southern rock, reggae to blues, and jazz to … more

A guy walks into a bar, and then he has a conversation that’s very funny

I really look forward to your columns," a reader said. "The funny ones, that is." I was crushed. As an eagle-eyed journalist, I try to provide you with commentaries about the most meaningful … more

An attack on any American is an attack on all Americans

Eva Levine's birthday - July 6 - always follows hard on our own American Independence Day. I commemorate Eva's birthday, as I do every year, by reflecting on the Holocaust, in which millions of Jews … more

New brand of athlete seems too cool for (fail) school

A friend of mine recently gave me a copy of an interview that Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets gave a couple months ago, right after the end of the season. The takeaway line, and the reason my … more

Finding happiness with loved ones can take a bit of magic

As has been made very clear over the past five years, I am a bit of a nerd. I love science fiction and fantasy stories, my favorite movies are mostly all about the supernatural - or at least the … more
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